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Thread: Have I painted myself into a corner here?

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    Senior Member Sarah in Brooklyn's Avatar
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    Have I painted myself into a corner here?

    I'm making a baby quilt but as I went I decided to make it bigger, so I added two borders to the front, and it looks great. But I may have gone wrong when I decided to stick with the backing fabric I'd bought and add the same borders. The center of the top is patchwork and I figure I'll quilt that with SITD and maybe some straight lines. But how can I quilt the borders without making the back look weird? I guess I'll have to try to line them up - they should be pretty much the same size - and come up with something really simple that will work if the edges are slightly off? I hope I'm describing this so you all can picture my dilemma - I'd love any tips and suggestions from you wise people.

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    If you are machine quilting, use bobbin thread that matches the back fabric.

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    It's quite a challenge to match. Would help to use a stipple in the area.

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    I'm not nearly accomplished enough for that! I think I'll have to try to match the borders up and hope for the best. These are the stupid beginner mistakes that I hope I'll learn from!

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    You can do it, Sarah. Measure carefully to get the borders the same on front and back. When you layer it - pin right through the border seams to keep it aligned. Then hand baste just a smidge away from the seam line so it won't shift while you are quilting. I did this recently and was very happy with the results.

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    Senior Member Sarah in Brooklyn's Avatar
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    Thank you for your confidence in me! I'm a rank beginner so I'm sure it will be a little wonky, but I have some ideas that might work. I'll post pictures when it's done.

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    If you haven't sewn the borders on the backing yet, consider a different piecing arrangement for the backing to save you the agony of lining things up.

    Dayle

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    I almost always do a large stipple or FMQ and that works for me.
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    Senior Member Sarah in Brooklyn's Avatar
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    I think what I'm going to do is quilt straight lines across the whole thing, including borders, so the lining up won't be so crucial. We shall see!

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    Jingle, what is FMQ?

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