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Thread: Borders, have you ever

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    Super Member Kappy's Avatar
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    sewn your border together and then sewed them to you quilt? I usually sew the first border to the quilt then the 2nd and so on, but I was thinking, it would be a lot easier to sew the border strips together and then add it to the quilt. How do you usually do it?

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    I do one at a time. Never have tried it all together.

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    I did it once but thought it looked dumb at the corners, draw it out on paper to see how the third and fourth strip will look when you sew them on, they kinda make a t
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    that was before I learned how to miter corners, if you miter they will be perfectly matched

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    The problem is at the corners joins if you sew them all together first, unless you are using mitred borders. Imagine it - you sew inner and outer border strips together for the top and bottom, sew them onto the quilt. Now you're probably thinking you can just sew the inner and outer border strips together and add them to the sides, right? (Yes I thought about this too at one time.) :oops: But if you were to just sew the inner and outer border strips together and add to the sides, that pesky inner border would continue all the way, top to bottom, probably not what you want, right? Theoretically you could do it if your corners are mitred though.

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    I do the sides 1st, square off, add top then bottom

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    I agree with the others. It really depends on how you want your borders to end up. If I'm doing mitered borders I always sew the borders together before attaching to the quilt. If I'm doing something more decorative than I have to reevaluate.

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    Same here......Sides First, then Top and Bottom......Works for me every time.
    Happy Quilting

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    I have done it several times but you have to do a mitred corner.

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    Ditto, sides then top & bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    I do the sides 1st, square off, add top then bottom
    Ditto

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    Thanks everyone, I was going to miter the corners. You are right dunster, the inner border fabric would go all the way to the top and look odd, never even thought about that! Was just trying to find a faster/easier way of adding a border. LOL Shortcuts generally get me into trouble!

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    I have done it, but only if I am putting a block in each corner. Otherwise can end up looking a bit different where the come together, but not bad.

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    I sew the borders together and then to the quilt. It gives me better stability and control. I've done it on all my quilts irregardless of corner type.

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    every time I do that, something goes wrong. So, gave up and do them one at a time

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    It's easier when you work with narrow borders to put them all together and then attach a larger border to the main quilt top. But there's no wrong way, just what works better for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    I do the sides 1st, square off, add top then bottom
    This is what I do also :-D

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    Only when I miter.

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    Oops, sorry :(

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    One at a time; you get a different look if you try to sew them together first and then to the quilt.

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    Besides for mitered corners the other time this method works is if you have big cornerstones. They could be a solid block or some pattern in each corner. Look at my avatar. I did it that way in the actual quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by gal288
    I do the sides 1st, square off, add top then bottom
    This works well for me!

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    I do it all the time; If I'm using blocks in the corner or mitering only. Otherwise, sew them on one at a time.

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    Works great if you are mitering or using cornerstones...otherwise you'll find that "whoops" moment.

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    I have done both ways. It is a different look if you sew the borders together first and then attach. It is easier that way. And you DON'T have to Miter. The top borders just go all the way across the whole quilt. I think it looks cool that way. It makes it look like the border fabric. I am not good at mitering and I don't like dealing with all the bulk of the quilt when adding many borders one at a time.

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    If you sew them together first, they don't come out right on the corners, unless you are going to miter the corners. If you are going to miter the corners, you can sew the borders together first, sew them on the quilt, then miter the corners, and the corners will of course be right.

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