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Thread: Doing borders with LA

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    Junior Member quilt'nmomma's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    Southern IL
    For those of you who LAQ is it a pain to do borders? I'm wondering how easy it will be to turn the quilt when I need to do the vertical borders. My grandmother and mom never do borders they just do edge to edge quilting so this is all new for me. I'm going to branch out and try somethings that I wasn't taught.

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    Super Member KathyAire's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I am the weakest link in long arming and I don't have a problem turning a quilt to do a border. By the time you have to turn it, most of the top is already quilted.

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    Marion Jean's Avatar
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    Dec 2010
    Leland, NC
    I am not a LAQ, do my quilting on a standard machine, but I cringe when I come to the borders. They seem to be my hangup. Still trying - practice makes perfect?

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    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
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    I do freehand quilting and I don't turn my quilt to do the borders.

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    Super Member fabric_fancy's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    at my sewing machine
    i do my borders last when quilting on my frame.

    when i reach the bottom of the quilt i do the entire bottom border.

    then i do the left side of the quilt border then i do the entire top border.

    finally i come down the right side border to finish up the borders.

    if you are going to be doing your borders with a panto or with sew boards you would have to reload the quilt to do the left and right side borders but this really wouldn't be that difficult.

    most LA use a quick loading type of system with leaders and either velcro or zippers and it would take about 10-15 minutes to unload and load the quilt to do each side.

    i've always preferred to work from the front of my frame with freehand and ruler work.

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