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    How would you do the borders? The pattern says to put on sides and then the top and bottom borders. The blocks are done in the reverse, top and bottom pieces and then sides. I am thinking that I like the look of a long piece across the top.

    I don't want to miter them because I want to keep the block- like look. What would you do? Opinions please.
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    I usually do the sides and then the top and bottoms. No reason, that's just what I do.

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    I agree with you. Doing it your way will not skew the dimensions.

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    It doesn't really matter whether you put sides or top and bottom on first. Traditionally sides are put on first in patterns. I don't know why. are you only using the red for the border or the black as well?

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    You have to decide the look you want. As a general rule I do sides then top/bottom but I have no idea why.

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    I've always thought the long sides were put on first to avoid more piecing. If you put top/bottom first then the long sides have to cover them as well. It also gives the top a more finished look - but unless you're going to display it don't see that would matter. Up to you!

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    Your way sounds right if it gives you the look you want. I like the square look of corners especially in a quilt top like yours. :)

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    It's your quilt; do it the way you want to.

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    How about using corner blocks in your border - that way it really won't make a difference. Use the stripe for the border (or whatever you were planning on) and the red for the corner blocks. That will tie it in to the overall quilt look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda71
    How would you do the borders? The pattern says to put on sides and then the top and bottom borders. The blocks are done in the reverse, top and bottom pieces and then sides. I am thinking that I like the look of a long piece across the top.

    I don't want to miter them because I want to keep the block- like look. What would you do? Opinions please.
    I do the sides, then the top and bottom, because the length is shorter on the sides if you do them first. I don't like to piece my borders, so sometimes I use the length of the fabric. Then when you put the top and bottom on it is the narrower part and no piecing necessary, but it is your quilt and you can do it however you want. Remember, no quilt police here.

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    The picture only shows the blocks. The striped material goes on as a border and then a wider black border. I think I will do the sides and then the border. Thanks for the opinions.

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    Generally, if a quilt is going to hang, I want the top & bottom to be 1 solid strip to support the quilt.

    With your quilt, I think a corner square would look great, especially if you use 1 of the prints. I would add the sides first, piece the top & bottom with a square, & add them to the quilt, matching the seam.

    It follows suit that you have squares in the sashing as well.

    Great job, the sashing really accents the quilt beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    How about using corner blocks in your border - that way it really won't make a difference. Use the stripe for the border (or whatever you were planning on) and the red for the corner blocks. That will tie it in to the overall quilt look.
    Here is a picture of the pattern. I thought I was almost done but thanks to you I am wondering about countinuing the small red squares at the corners of all the squares. Thanks for the idea.
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    I like your quilt!

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    For some reason, adding side borders first, then doing top and bottom
    gives a more "finished" look.

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    I think its great, I am a beginner so I really dont know the answer to your question, but if you have any of your material left or could tell me where you purchased it I would appreciate it

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    I always do the sides first, then the top and bottom.

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    I sew top and bottom first then the sides. No mitered corners!

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    if you're asking! I would continue to do top and bottom first to maintain the look of the block. i would also put corner stones in the small striped border.that way the stripes don't touch in different directions.......Hope this helps....Racheal

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    Do it your way, quilt is yours and whatever way is easier for you to do. I love your quilt, its my kind of quilt, horse lover.

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    I agree with using cornerstones to break the stripe ...if you don't then I think the left/right vs top/bottom will stick out like a sore thumb. If you use cornerstones it shouldn't matter which you do first!

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    I always do the sides first and then add the top and bottom. Your quilt looks lovely.

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    I am a new quilter, but on the few quilts I have done I always do the sides first and then the top and bottom. That just seems to be a "natual" thing for me. By the way, LOVE your quilt-it is going to be awesome when finished.

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    Do the sides first and then the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    It's your quilt; do it the way you want to.
    AMEN!

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