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Thread: About border, sides or bottoms first?

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    bj9patch's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    NY, NY
    I don't know why but I put my top and bottom on first, then the sides.

    Maybe it's because I'm left handed. Ha!

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    Jul 2008
    Maple Grove, MN (by way of GA, NC, PA, NC, AL!)
    i usually do the longer sides first!

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    Ft. Worth, Texas
    Hey Tim. Good to see you're still alive and quilting. I was wondering about you and Steve, too. You've been so quiet lately.

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    Super Member mpspeedy's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    rural Maryland
    If you want your quilt to be as square as possible without "waves" in the borders it is best to do the sides first and cut the fabric for those sides on the selvage edge. That part of the fabric stretches the least. If it is not possible than do what you have to do. All of us have ended up with quilts that won't lay flat. Straight of grain does make a difference. It also helps if you starch your fabric. Another tip is to put the least stable fabric be it the quilt top or the border on the bottom when stitching. The feed dogs will ease it in.
    Good luck.

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    Senior Member Kara's Avatar
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    I tend to do the longer sides first, even if I'm mitering the corners.
    And if it's square, what I perceive as the sides get done first.
    Guess I'm quirky that way.

    But, as stated before, there are no quilt police. And it's a good thing, too. I would have been locked up long ago.

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    Super Member candi's Avatar
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    NE The Sunshine State
    I was just reading Carol Doak's book, she says you have the choice between putting sides or top and bottom first.

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    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Thanks everybody. The top is together and the borders are on. It's ready to sandwich.

    I put the side borders on first, then the top and bottom with corner squares. Once I get a pic, I'll post it.

    Funny thing. It's square. So I put the side borders on and then couldn't figure out why it wasn't square anymore. Evidently I didn't have my Wheaties today.

    Once I finally got it figured out, I added the top and bottom borders without the cornersquares on. Again...breakfast being the important meal in the day.

    So...once I got THAT all rearranged, the top is now complete. I made hotcakes and sausage for dinner to get a head start on tomorrow.

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