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Thread: How to extend fabric when too short for a one piece boarder. (/splice fabric)

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    I would like to use a length of fabric that is too short for a boarder. How can I connect two pieces neatly? I don't want to put blocks etc in the corners.

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    You can either make a straight-across join or angle the join. With a busy print, neither will show much. If it is closer to a solid color, then the angled join might be less obvious. If possible, the join should not be at the center of the quilt; close to one end is better. An angled join is stronger if it is a utility quilt, is a tied quilt and/or will not have much quilting.

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    Is the fabric an allover pattern or a batik where a seam won't show as much? if it's a patterned fabric, do the best you can to match up the pattern on the two pieces and put a seam in. it shouldn't be too noticeable.

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    I would cut the joins at a 45 degree angle like you do with binding :wink: It will lay flatter and be less noticeable :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I would cut the joins at a 45 degree angle like you do with binding :wink: It will lay flatter and be less noticeable :D:D:D
    That's how I do it. You don't really notice it when it's done.

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    Great idea. Why didn't I think of that. Thank you. What a great resource.

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    You'll waste fabric cutting borders on a 45 degree angle. If you're already on the short side you'll be better off doing straight seams.

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    joining with a 45 degree angle is my favorite way of joining fabric for borders and bindings less noticable.

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    I always join my borders straight and press the seams open to limit bulk. If it's a patterned fabric, I try to match the pattern.

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    There isn't any more "bulk" in borders than there is in blocks.

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