Vintage edge finish…………..

There are options to finishing the final edge of a vintage piece depending on how it will be displayed/used. If it’s been quilted on a background of colored fabric, batting and backing, a simple standard binding application would work fine.

 IMG_3811  Further info on the above piece may be found here.

The current vintage piece in progress will have the supporting sandwich removed so that the linen’s scalloped edge will be the final edge. Since the piece really won’t experience hard wear, I could just leave the remaining raw edges as is but I decided to use a narrow satin ribbon to cover those edges. Done by hand, it’s a very simple application……..with one hint that I’ve found most helpful. When stitching anything onto a foundation fabric (either by machine or hand stitching), always stitch the inner curve first, then the outer. Trust me……it’s much easier! Especially, as in this case, I’m stitching a non-bias ribbon on to a curved/scalloped edge.



IMG_5321Both sides of the ribbon stitched.


A finished back view……….


Next up………a vintage “orphan” block. Please, stop back………….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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17 Responses to Vintage edge finish…………..

  1. ivoryspring says:

    Love the ribbon finish!!!

  2. witchylin says:

    Now it has a whole new life. I can see the fabric smiling.

  3. Jackie says:

    Nice little touch with the ribbon around the edge.

  4. Fiona says:

    I would never have thought of that to finish it off…. lovely

    • treadlemusic says:

      It’s really surprising how well it does work……..even on such a curved edge!!!! The ‘key’ is stitching the inside/interior edge first (but I’m sure you knew this from all your hand applique work!!!).

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    You sure have a handle on making vintage pieces sing in today’s world!

    • treadlemusic says:

      And it’s all due to a random comment about leaving a ton of those around for someone else to dispose of (after we’re shuffled off to the “old folks’ home”!!!!). Now, the opinion has somewhat changed!!!! Hehehe……..

  6. Thread crazy says:

    In the previous pot I was going to say, leave the piece as I s w/o adding a background. So glad you listened to my thoughts!! Hmm, maybe mental telepathy! ! The piece stands alone and love the ribbon effect.

  7. Definitely, the ribbon adds that final flourish flair.

  8. Mary Nelson says:

    Beautiful. It looks like you are making great use of your time away. Creativity doesn’t take a vacation! I want to let you know I found a satin ribbon type trim that had a natural fold in it at Ginny’s Fine Fabrics in Rochester, MN. I was able to use it as an edge finish on a lace jacket I made to go over my daughter’s wedding dress.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thanks so much for that info!!! I haven’t been back to Ginny’s since last Fall. I will definitely pay her a visit in a month, or so! I think March will fly by……and then home!!!! Hugs….

  9. Pat says:

    Really lovely Doreen, I liked the edge the way you had it at first, sorry just my opinion, lovely either way.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I agree…..but I had a couple of questions about finishing the cut-away batting/backing and I had already shown 2 other methods. This ribbon cover isn’t necessary as the piece won’t see heavy usage/laundering.

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