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Thread: How do you cut your borders?

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    Hi - many times the wavy-ness is due to the way you put the border on the quilt. Make sure you cut the length to the length and width of the quilt. Add the appropriate amt for mitered cornors if that's the case. Find the center of the strip and place on the center of the quilt edge. Pin your border in place. If you just cut the border and start at both edges, your border will be wavy, instead of flat!

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    my daughter had her baby it's a little boy 6.72lbs ,183/4inches longgoing to be a brunet i think like his daddy .he came into this world at 5:21am on thursdaymorning.ten fingers ten toes an healthybesides lungs has a little fluid in them an they put him on oyegen on him an he might get to come on home on friday :lol: :lol:

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    pittsburghpam::::::I was doing it that way, but I purchased a June Tailor Shape Cut which is a 12" by 12" that has slots cut all across and you just put your rotary cutter in the slots, and you go girl. Then you just keep sliding the Shape Cut up where you ended each time. Also I would like to add in, when I go to square my material up at any time, I use my dh's carpenters framing square. It is faster than laying 2 ruler's down to square. You may have already tried this, but it works for me alot better, but the Shape Cut cuts really straight strips and borders, just make sure when you line that first cut out that it is straight, perfectly lined ,while pressing down with one hand, just rotary cut with the other hand, you don't even have to keep double checking just go, go, go. :)

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    Pam:::::I also do the same thing. If I have to peice my borders, I sew straight across, but in my bindings, I sew diagonal. I also like to center the straight across peice with the center of the quilt, if I have to peice my border. :)

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    dizzy, congratulations on your new grandbaby. He sounds good and healthy. maybe you'll get a pic soon? :D


    Quote Originally Posted by hpylady
    pittsburghpam::::::I was doing it that way, but I purchased a June Tailor Shape Cut which is a 12" by 12" that has slots cut all across and you just put your rotary cutter in the slots, and you go girl. Then you just keep sliding the Shape Cut up where you ended each time. Also I would like to add in, when I go to square my material up at any time, I use my dh's carpenters framing square. It is faster than laying 2 ruler's down to square. You may have already tried this, but it works for me alot better, but the Shape Cut cuts really straight strips and borders, just make sure when you line that first cut out that it is straight, perfectly lined ,while pressing down with one hand, just rotary cut with the other hand, you don't even have to keep double checking just go, go, go. :)
    I would love to know what else you can do with the june taylor shape cut. have seen them so many times, but not familiar with all they do, so wanted to be sure it would do several things before shelling out fabric allowance on another tool. I too, use carpenter's tools and they are fantastic. someone did give me a tip, about metal not always being straight, but I had also said, i had kept a piece of door stripping. I am pretty sure these squares etc. are very accurate and they are heavy enough for me, that I don't get slippage. I have several things in my 'cave' that came from either tools or automotive sections. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy
    my daughter had her baby it's a little boy 6.72lbs ,183/4inches longgoing to be a brunet i think like his daddy .he came into this world at 5:21am on thursdaymorning.ten fingers ten toes an healthybesides lungs has a little fluid in them an they put him on oyegen on him an he might get to come on home on friday :lol: :lol:
    Congratulations Grandma. He sounds like a keeper. :lol: :thumbup:
    As we say in Cajun dialect -- Cher bebe.

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    I would love to know what else you can do with the june taylor shape cut. have seen them so many times, but not familiar with all they do, so wanted to be sure it would do several things before shelling out fabric allowance on another tool. I too, use carpenter's tools and they are fantastic. someone did give me a tip, about metal not always being straight, but I had also said, i had kept a piece of door stripping. I am pretty sure these squares etc. are very accurate and they are heavy enough for me, that I don't get slippage. I have several things in my 'cave' that came from either tools or automotive sections. :D [/quote]

    The only thing I've done with the JT tool is cut strips, but that is enough for me. There is no need to move the tool everytime you need to make a cut. Depending on how wide a strip you're cutting, it just stays in place for you to cut. I love it.

    Queston: :oops: What is door stripping? Is it metal?

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    Gail wrote:
    The only thing I've done with the JT tool is cut strips, but that is enough for me. There is no need to move the tool everytime you need to make a cut. Depending on how wide a strip you're cutting, it just stays in place for you to cut. I love it.

    Queston: What is door stripping? Is it metal?
    yes. I am probably not calling it by it's rightful name, cause i don't know what else to call it, and to be quite honest, (which I always am), I don't remember what I bought it for. (besides door)
    It's been under a bed for several years, and I just figured I would use it as a straight edge, until someone told me, it may not be straight. It's about 6-7 feet long and hmmm, maybe 2 1/1 - 3 1/2 wide, I believe...uh oh, somebody just got stopped by the police...anyway, it might not be straight.
    I might have to check the JT tool again. It would be nice to not move ruler for every strip. I am slow, so this might speed things up a bit. thanks gail.

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    Gail, one more thing...about the JT ruler, I always thought it looked kind of thin or flimsy. Was always packaged so I couldn't check. I guess you think it's sturdy enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    Gail, one more thing...about the JT ruler, I always thought it looked kind of thin or flimsy. Was always packaged so I couldn't check. I guess you think it's sturdy enough?
    Oh, it's sturdy. I've had mine for years (at least 10, maybe more).

    There's a hole at the top. I hang it on a screw on the wall ( :lol: ) that was left there after my daughters moved out of that room. Goodness knows what they had hanging there. :lol: It hangs flat against the wall and keeps it's shape -- doesn't warp.

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    Dizzy,congratulations on the new comer sounds like he is a healthy little tot so go ahead and spoil him that what GM's do oh pls send us a picture when possible

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    quiltncrazy:::: with the Shape Cut, you can cut multiple shapes in 1/2" increments, up to 8 layers of fabric at a time, you can cut strips, bias strips, squares, hexagons, fringe, diamonds, triangles (60 and 45 degree) and chevrons. It's been around for a right good while like Gail said, and I have had mine for about a year. I also put those little round sandpaper circles on the bottom edges to so it doesn't slide also. It works well for me as far as staying in place so I can cut faster. I wish you were right next door so I could take it over to you and let you try and see if you liked it. :)

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    thank gail. I've seen them so many times. :D



    Quote Originally Posted by hpylady
    quiltncrazy:::: with the Shape Cut, you can cut multiple shapes in 1/2" increments, up to 8 layers of fabric at a time, you can cut strips, bias strips, squares, hexagons, fringe, diamonds, triangles (60 and 45 degree) and chevrons. It's been around for a right good while like Gail said, and I have had mine for about a year. I also put those little round sandpaper circles on the bottom edges to so it doesn't slide also. It works well for me as far as staying in place so I can cut faster. I wish you were right next door so I could take it over to you and let you try and see if you liked it. :)
    that would be great hpylady, :D bc then you could show me how to use it, and I could save my brain the ache, lol. Is it complicated to learn? I need to learn some faster ways to cut fabrics. It takes me a long time to cut out a project bc my fibromyalgia makes me have to stop, when my brain wants to go.

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