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Old 08-25-2017, 06:19 AM
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When doing a solid color border, do you piece it or buy enough fabric to make the border in one piece?
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:37 AM
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Your choice!
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I've done both ..... usually dependent on what fabric I have.

Piecing the border is usually the most frugal way, as very often to go LOF, there is a lot of excess fabric to what you need for the borders .... or for the earlier piecing.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:10 AM
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I've always pieced a lengthy border using a diagonal seam. It seems to disappear in the quilting and doesn't jump out at you.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:42 AM
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Yes to all of the above. Your choice. I know that a lot of patterns are now telling you to cut the borders first out of the length of the fabric, but that never works for me because I always seem to put my own spin on the pattern, which often changes the border size.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:13 AM
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ideally, a singe piece. mostly, though, i piece them
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:33 AM
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I do one LOF piece if I possibly can. Especially on solids - usually there's enough for at least 2 quilts worth of borders. And if not, there's usually at least enough left to get some LOF binding strips - I love loooong binding strips.

I'm a scrappy quilter though, so leftovers are always welcome.
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:49 AM
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If I'm thinking I may want to put it in a show, I'll buy enough fabric to do the border in one piece. Otherwise, I'll piece it. After it's quilted the seam really show.

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Old 08-25-2017, 10:15 AM
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If I have enough to cut a single piece AND I remember to do so, I will use a continuous border. Otherwise I piece it straight across.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:33 AM
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I also do it both ways.
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:04 AM
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I have done both. Over the years I've gotten used to piecing and it does not bother me like it used to.
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