Shaped edges were popular on Double Wedding Ring and Grandmother's Flower Garden quilts. Other quilts were shaped simply as a design statement.
Most bindings I've seen from this period were finished by hand, but machine stitching can also be seen on some.
In 1987, I finished an Amish style quilt with a faced edge, wrapped around to create a border on the front. I don't remember now why I did it that way, and I'm pretty sure I had never seen the technique, but it worked well for me. As I was looking through quilts to photograph for this blog, I was surprised to see this same finish on an early quilt in my collection.
You will also see a rescue quilt that I set together in the 1990s. I was sure I saved fabric for binding, but... I didn't want to add a different fabric to it, so I added a narrow facing strip and turned it to the back.
And finally, there is a photo of a wide blanket style edge finish. Again, I don't know why I did it, but it did give me the opportunity to repeat all of the fabrics used in the body of the quilt, so that worked ok, from a design standpoint.
So many ways to finish our quilts and Hurray! when they are actually finished :)
Simple straight edge, straight grain binding, square corners, finished by hand.
1930s Ocean Waves with straight edges, bias binding, slightly rounded corners, finished by hand.
1930s Rescue quilt, straight edge, bias binding, mitered corners, finished by hand.
1920s sateen applique, with straight edges, intentionally rounded corners, bias binding, finished by hand.
1930s Grandmother's Flower Garden with shaped hexagon edge, bias binding, finished by hand.
1929 pieced quilt with deeply curved edges, bias binding, finished by hand.
1930s Rescue GFG quilt with shaped hexagon edge, bias binding, finished by hand.
1930s Rescue quilt with new border, curved edges, bias binding, finished by hand.
Applique quilt with wide facing strips, turned to the front to create a border with mitered corners, finished by hand on the front.
1987 Amish style quilt with a wide facing strip, turned to the front to create a border with square corners, finished by hand on the front.