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Thread: Help me think this through -- piping in border

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    I'm helping my mom make her first quilt. It's a basic Irish chain, and we want to have a very narrow border (hot pink) then about a 1 inch finished border in dark brown, then the outer border using the greens in her block fabrics (lots of birds and leaves)--probably 3 inches.

    So that very narrow hot pink border. I'm envisioning something cut an inch, then folded in half, and sewn in as a "flap". About 1/4 inch all around. It looks good on the design wall.

    But what I'm having trouble thinking through is how to deal with the corners. I guess I could miter them, the same way I would when doing a binding? Or would it look ok to run them to the edge, and basically have a double layer of the pink in the very corners? The downside would be that it's a lot of thicknesses of fabric. But it might look neater.

    Any thoughts? Things I haven't thought through? Does anyone know what that kind of border treatment is called? I said piping, but I know that piping usually has a cord inside and is more dimensional.

    If you've done this, I'd love to see photos which show how you approached it.

    TIA

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    I asked for help on piping and someone gave me a site that was helpful. Check out that post
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-78582-1.htm

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    I think that you are talking about a flange. I haven't done this kind of detail, but I would think that a mitered corner would be best. I see the corner hand stitched together along the diagonal opening. Post pictures when you are finished.

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    Flange - yes, that's the word. I knew there was a term for this, but just could not dredge it up. That will make a search easier.

    Michelle -- thanks for the link too.

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    most of the time the ones I have seen haven't mitered the flanges. I guess it depends on the look you like the best :D:D:D

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    I did a flange on a wall hanging and mitered the corners. It's really pretty easy. You sew the flange to the main part and when you get to the corner you just fold the end under and make the folds match.

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    love mitered corners but would not use them for a flange. post pictures when you are finished.

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    Thanks Scissor Queen -- your flange is so nice and square. I'm off to practice on a hotpad or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    Thanks Scissor Queen -- your flange is so nice and square. I'm off to practice on a hotpad or something.

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    I forgot to tell you the secret. Trim your corners with a square ruler first. That makes it easy to fold your flange perfectly.

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    I believe I saw tute yesterday on this board about adding a FLANGE, which was a small strip of fabric before the borders are added. Sorry I dont remember who shared it but is was titled "Whats a flange?"

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