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    adding multiple borders question

    I have a large quilt top that I'm adding a 3" border to and then a 6" border. Do you add each border at a time to the large top or can you sew the 3" and 6" border together and then add that one 9" border to the large top?
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    You can sew them together and add to the top at one time.

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    I've never thought of doing it that way. Let us know if it works okay.
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    I have never sewn the borders together first, then added them as one to the quilt top. It's just my opinion, but I think I would have better luck at not getting wavy borders if I sew them on one at a time.

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    Someone else had told me that & on my next quilt I am going to try it. Don't know why it wouldn't work.
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    I would join the two borders together first. That way if you mitre the corners both borders will match perfectly.

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    I have sewen them together,no problem ,as long as you have the length an width right its a go. joyce j

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    I just find it easier to do them separately, just me. Try and see how you like it.
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    For me, they stay straighter when I do the borders together and THEN put them on the quilt all at the same time. I do the sides first, then the top and the bottom. I haven't been brave enough to mitre them yet but I will.....someday! Good luck. Find YOUR groove and stick with it!

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    If you're doing mitered corners it can work to sew them together first. If you're not doing mitered corners it looks odd to sew them together first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAgal View Post
    You can sew them together and add to the top at one time.
    Won't look good unless they're mitered. The inner border will extend out and destroy the look of the outer border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    Won't look good unless they're mitered. The inner border will extend out and destroy the look of the outer border.

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    A picture is worth a thousand words. Good job, catmcclure.

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    EXCELLENT! I decided to do one border at a time since I've never mitered anything yet and don't want to practice on someone else's quilt! Thank you!


    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    Won't look good unless they're mitered. The inner border will extend out and destroy the look of the outer border.

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    Scissor Queen, You are so right. I learned that the hard way. I ended up cutting the end off an adding a block in the corners. That worked, but now I do them one at a time.

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    As much as a pain it is I would do them separate....too much of a chance of getting wavy boarders and as a LAer that isnt fun to have to work with. !!

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    I like to sew mine on one border at a time, unless doing a mitered corner.

    Mitered corners scare the dickens out of me, but I did one recently that turned out great so I have more confidence for the next time. The border had three borders (solid, print, solid) and I loved the look with it mitered. I set it up, pressed it and looked at it for several days before I got the courage to sew it. In the end, it was much ado about nothing since it went together very easily.

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    There is the rare occasion that they can be done together, but it needs to be part of the design of the quilt. 95% of the time, it is best to do them separate. Can't wait to see how yours turns out
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    I did that on a table topper but I had cornerstones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    If you're doing mitered corners it can work to sew them together first. If you're not doing mitered corners it looks odd to sew them together first.
    Ditto this. If you sew them together first and don't miter them they look really different. I wish I could tell you what it looks like, but it is a visual thing. If you are not mitering them, sew them on one at a time.
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    I'm a fan of corner stones too so it doesn't matter on the first side if you sew them together first or seperate. It does matter on the other two sides because the border has to be attached to the corner stones.

    I also like miters and those I generally treat as one unit.
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    You can sew the borders together and add them that way but you will have to mitre the corners for it to look right.
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    In the "Happy Endings" book by Mimi Dietrich her recommendation is to sew each border on one at a time for overlapping border and to sew the border together first if you are using mitered corners. I really learned a lot from her book - well written and clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w7sue View Post
    I like to sew mine on one border at a time, unless doing a mitered corner.

    Mitered corners scare the dickens out of me, but I did one recently that turned out great so I have more confidence for the next time. The border had three borders (solid, print, solid) and I loved the look with it mitered. I set it up, pressed it and looked at it for several days before I got the courage to sew it. In the end, it was much ado about nothing since it went together very easily.
    Your statement says it all. "scared to Dickens" UNTILL you did it. It gets easier every time. Every one that is affraid to do a mitered corner should do a practic 15" square block with some left over strips of fabric. You can do it!
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    I have done it both ways and both worked for me each time.

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