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Thread: Border question..Help if you can

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    Senior Member diannemc's Avatar
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    I know to long time quilters this is a dumb question but I am working on my first large quilt so not sure and what to do to make boarder long enough? I is all one color..do you join the pieces and a angle and just sew them straight across..do you piece them and where ever the seem hits is ok or do you piece them at both ends..Does anyone understand what I am trying to ask???

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    You can sew them straight across, 1/4 in seam, or you can cut and sew them at an angle. Either way will work.

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    I sew my border strips together at a 45 degree angle, as this is the way I was taught. The reasoning I was taught is that when the fabric is joined that way, it is harder to see. I don't know if it's true, since I've never joined the strips with a straight seam. When I sew the borders on, I try to sew the strips so that the joins are not directly across from each other, but that is just my personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    You can sew them straight across, 1/4 in seam, or you can cut and sew them at an angle. Either way will work.
    I sew them straight too.

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    I sew mine at the 45 degree. I measure the entire quilt as to how much binding I am going to need,then add 2 inches for each corner turn. I have begun using the 2-1/4 strip, (adapted from this site!)after they are sewn together to press them wrong sides together (wst), and sew.

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    I have pieced border with 15 degree angle and also straight. I like the diagonal seam, but takes much more fabric.
    I usually start my first borders with 2 width of fabric cuts. That will go on top and bottom of most of the quilts I make. Then by cutting only half the width I've cut across my fabric...20+ inches, with two full widths and the half will be enough for the length of the quilt so I don't end up with a very small piece at one end.

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    I use the 45 degree angle, also. The only time I have a problem with this is if the border fabric has a large print. Then I use a straight seam, to allow the pattern to repeat correctly.

    I hope you got enough information from all of us to help.

    You will do a good job. Just jump in and try a method. :thumbup:

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    I would try and only use two pieces sewn together for each border, unless you have to piece more because of running out of fabric.

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    I use straight seams for borders and generally cut them the width of the fabric and piece the length I need. Once in awhile I'll use a fabric that the design will work better cut length of fabric.

    The biggest reason I use straight seams is the loss of fabric. If the border is 8 inches wide you'll lose an 8 inch square for each diagonal seam. It doesn't take very many seams for that to really add up.

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    Thanks everyone for your help!

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