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Thread: quilting borders

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    quilting borders

    I am trying to learn to machine quilt. Right now I just want to conquer the walking foot. I am not ready for free motion quilting yet. I have quilted the inside blocks but need ideas for the borders. I would love to hear some suggestions.

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    You can do gentle curves with walking foot. I've done rope type designs. Any type of cross hatching will work out well.

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    Sometimes I just crosshatch or do successively bigger boxes around.

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    I like doing curves too with the walking foot. you move the quilt to the left and then right as you go along. slowly on the corner turns. grids would be good too. you could measure where you want to go to the outside of your borders, put a pin or mark there and start quilting large V's and then go back and do the V's the opposite way. let us see when you are done, what ever you decide.

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    I do diagonal lines or cross hatching in borders like this. I use wide painters tape, the blue kind. Lay a strip on a diagonal of the end of one of your border, across the middle of the square. Then line your walking foot along the tape. Do not try to sew along the edge of the tape as you will sew into the tape and it is very hard to get pieces of tape out of your stitches. Then move the tape to the other side of your sewing and quilt along that side. Just keep moving and sewing until you go all the way around. If you want crosshatching, then put tape on across going the opposite way.
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    My suggestion would be Crosshatching or shrink the outline of the pieced blocks and do it in the border.

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    Beautiful quilt, love the RWB.
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    I did when at this stage straight lines one shadowing near inside border then found the centre and did a line and one each side width of walking foot away finally when binding on shadow it.
    Ps my first one I put binding on because I didn't know how to measure the distances.
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    I just finished a small wallhanging and just did straight line stitching the width of the foot I was using. Ended with three lines of stitching, but it looks good. Sometimes simpler is better. I'm not into the fancy stitching yet for the quilting part.
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    I made 3 table runners this weekend. 2 didn't have borders, but one did and I just did straight line stitching the width of the foot - if I remember right it had 4 lines of stitching. It's the middle one in this photo. BTW - I really like your table runner!!

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