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Thread: Sashing and border questions

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    Hi! I'm fairly new to quilting and have found some very conflicting information on how to do sashing and borders.
    I would rather not piece them if I don't have to do so but it seems to be very difficult to cut the the length of the fabric. I see that cutting them the length of the fabric seems to make them much less stretchy and I do like that plus the look of their not being pieced.
    But I do wonder if this isn't a major waste of fabric and what is the correct way to do it. I have a quilting book that shows borders being cut out this way but I want to do the "All Around the Neighborhood" quilt that I found at the fabshophop for January and they just say to cut the borders the width of the fabric and give required amounts of fabric based on that.
    Please help if you can.

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    It totally depends on your preference. People do it both ways.

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    I prefer to cut borders all in one piece, but sometimes that doesn't work out, and I happily piece them. I'm not crazy about doing that if it's a really distinct pattern and the seam is obvious, but sometimes it can't be helped. It's totally up to you - either way is acceptable.

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    Whenever possible, I plan my borders to be cut lengthwise. It's not a waste for me. I still use the rest of the fabric. It just requires a bit more thinking in order to plan how to cut the other pieces. I never have a problem with wavy borders, which is a bonus.

    I don't have a lot of space to work, so I try to spread out on the kitchen table with my fabric. My largest cutting board is 18x36, so I have to keep sliding it down as I go. I fold up the fabric and try to keep the lines on the ruler lined up with the fold. I just take my time and cut slowly.

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    The second one of the ice cream quilts for kids I'm finishing up now has pieced borders. I plan on adding some ice cream additions to it, like a bunch of cherries, a banana, a spoon and dish, etc to go with the ice cream theme. All these will go to cover up the inevitable but lovable spots that aren't perfect.
    I think kids will love it. They had darn well better......

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    I cut my borders the width of the fabric and just sew a bunch end-to-end. That way the seams are kind of random and don't draw the eye to them. I am not into figuring out ahead of time how big the border or the quilt is going to be!

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    What can you afford to do? That is why I usually piece my borders and bindings. I do try to keep my sashing pieces as individual pieces using cornerstones or such. Plus the cornerstones add interest to the sashing and blocks.

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    if i was going to cut borders length of fabric i would do that first and use remainder to cut the blocks would have to re figure how many strips

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    Thank you all. I should have enough fabric to cut along the length and think that's what I'll do. Even though it's difficult to do this (for me) it does seem to be the best option. And the left-over fabric should be fine too as I guess I'll be cutting it up sometime anyway!
    Thanks again.

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    Starch will help with the stretchy problem. For the borders--remember to measure through the center of the quilt--not the edges and gather in fullness or stretch to make ends meet.

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