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Thread: Boarders cut

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    Need to know what way is better when adding boarders. Do you join the pieces straight or bais cut? I just told that bais can distort you quilt by causing ripples.

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    I do thinner borders with a bias cut -- wider borders straight.

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    I make all of my borders straight.

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    i do straight

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    I like bias, however, after 6" it does start to distort and alot of fabric waste so then I do straight. I do either one or the other for the whole quilt. I'm too anal to have bias and straight in the same quilt.

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    I always do bias unless I am matching stripes. I don't do borders larger then 6" so I haven't gotten any distortion. Do remember to lock your stitches that will be on the outside of your quilt so they don't come apart during the quilting process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    I always do bias unless I am matching stripes. I don't do borders larger then 6" so I haven't gotten any distortion. Do remember to lock your stitches that will be on the outside of your quilt so they don't come apart during the quilting process.
    Same here!

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    I do wide boarders straight and narrow on bias...has worked for me.

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    Straight, cut lengthwise along the selvage.

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    I always cut width of fabric. Even then there is an occassional stretching

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    Do all my borders straight. Seems to me any bias border would be too easy to stretch on the outer edge unless you are quilting right away or sewing another straight border on right away.

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    It depends on the print of the fabric.

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    What's the benefit of cutting borders on the bias?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewdarnbusy
    Straight, cut lengthwise along the selvage.

    This is what I do also...never had any problems.

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    bias or diagonal joining.....makes the border look more continuous. doing them straight makes the eye stop at that point.

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    I do mine straight.

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    i reread your original and you ask about joining not cutting on the bias. Joining on the straight causes the eye to stop at that point. Joining on a 45 degree cut looks better as the eye moves along the border. If it is a gtrue 45 degree there should be any waving or wobbling. And even if you didn't have enough fabric to cut on a tru 45 degree, any degree will do as long as it is true. I have joined at 60 degrees and other in order to keep the eye flowing along the border.

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    i reread your original and you ask about joining not cutting on the bias. Joining on the straight causes the eye to stop at that point. Joining on a 45 degree cut looks better as the eye moves along the border. If it is a gtrue 45 degree there should be any waving or wobbling. And even if you didn't have enough fabric to cut on a tru 45 degree, any degree will do as long as it is true. I have joined at 60 degrees and other in order to keep the eye flowing along the border.

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    If you want to add "boarders', make them an offer they can't refuse, but please, please, PLEASE don't cut them. Besides of being illegal, they bleed way too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    bias or diagonal joining.....makes the border look more continuous. doing them straight makes the eye stop at that point.
    Ah, duh! :oops: Thank you. I read every single post, and was somehow managing to consistently read border "cutting" instead of border joining. :roll:

    I've so far joined most of my borders on the bias. I like how it guides the eye along and past the seam.

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    I almost always cut the border pieces themselves across the width of the fabric. I never have (or want to buy) enough fabric to cut them lengthwise. I've never had a problem so far doing it this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salmonsweet
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    bias or diagonal joining.....makes the border look more continuous. doing them straight makes the eye stop at that point.
    Ah, duh! :oops: Thank you. I read every single post, and was somehow managing to consistently read border "cutting" instead of border joining. :roll:

    I've so far joined most of my borders on the bias. I like how it guides the eye along and past the seam.
    Are we talking about a mitered border here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mannem
    If you want to add "boarders', make them an offer they can't refuse, but please, please, PLEASE don't cut them. Besides of being illegal, they bleed way too much.
    LOL!

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    I do my borders straight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB
    I make all of my borders straight.
    Ditto! Wouldn't consider bias.

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