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    Super Member newbee3's Avatar
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    This is the first for me I did mitered borders and I am sure they are going to be wavy any suggestions???

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    Starch them well! If you have enough fabric to cut them lengthwise, it will help reduce the stretchiness.

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    When I do miters, I measure across the center of the top and mark that length on the border with pins. (I measure from the center out. Then I mark the 1/4" starting and stopping points on the top itself. When I attach the border to the top, I align the outside pins and pin those first. Then I ease the rest of the border evenly on the top. I sew from outside pin to outside pin and repeat with the neighboring side. Then I sew the miter. Never had a wavy one.

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    If you did them already, how about sharing a picture? That way, it would be easier to (maybe) see where you went wrong (if you did), and offer some helpful suggestions.

    Thanks.

    And, in the meantime, here's a Sharon Schamber video on mitering corners. She uses a block as an example for ease in showing the techniques, but it could apply to a king size quilt.

    And even if you don't use every single one of her pointers, at least you'll know what you should be looking for, and how/what to fix it when you find it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAAa66kJRr0

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    Okay here it is I tried fixing by borders but they are still wavy I am at the point it will have to do what do you think??? also finished log cabin tied.
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    First, I love the log cabin - the dark/like contrast is really striking.

    OK, back to your borders. It does look like there is some fullness still in the borders.

    Can you post a pic of the miter? While the miter looks flat, it doesn't quite look like it's at 90 degrees, so I'd like to see a close-up looking down on it (before I do anything drastic like suggesting you redo the borders). ;-)

    The turquoise really works - gives the top a real sparkle.

    Is this a gift, a throw for the den? What's the plan?

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    When I do borders, I sew up to 1/4" from the corner. Then I lay the corner out on the ironing board or table. I use my large 12"x12" cutting ruler and fold one side under to form the 45degree angle. Then I press it, carefully pin it and sew along the fold line. It works every time.

    Good luck and let us know how your miter borders work out.

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    this is the best I can do
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    how did you measure/cut/sew the borders.

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    did you notice it is mostly the last border and they were sewn together than sewn to quilt. I know I did not measure correctly but I wanted extra for the miter guess I did not need that much. I also think my last fabric is more strechy But it is what it is I can't keep ripping on it

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