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    Most of the time I do what Tim suggests. There are just a few exceptions -usually if the border is a solid fabric where a seam would be apparent or if the fabric is directional or has motifs that would clearly show a seam unless I matched it like wallpaper (even then I usually just match it like wallpaper! :wink: )

    If your fabric is a non-directional print, seams will usually be hidden. The small difference in fabric flexibility is not likely to be a factor if you cut and sew carefully.

    Often I will use a diagonal seam when joining border pieces. I can't remember why... I probably had a teacher tell me to do that or read it in a book or something...

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    I like the look of a solid border. The lengthwise cut will not stretch anymore than the other way. The secret is in matching points on the quilt with points on the border and pinning carefully. Using the walking foot is also helpful in keeping everything lined up correctly. If piecing is necessary seaming on the bias--laying 2 pieces at right angles to each other and sewing on the diagonal--makes the seam much less noticeable and spreads the thickness around more evenly. The same holds true for he binding. i have trouble cutting straight and accuraely so I tear my fabric and if it is dark do it a little wide just in case the "white fringes shows. That way it can be incorporated into the seam and trimmed after the fact if necessary. I figure it will be pressed eventually so its no more trouble to pess it after it is cut than before. The nice thing is that there is no quilt police so it is all down to whatever works for the individual. Now I will get off my soap box and get back to work! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    I love the rotary, but sure like this method too. :D
    Having started out with the ripping method, I have to add - this is a great tension reducer and you can't beat the sound for a sense of empowerment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve
    Having worked on only small pieces thus far, this is my first time cutting a large length of fabric; I need two - 68 x 3 ½ inches long for the border of a table runner, plus the accompanying backing. I’ve a three-yard length of fabric and want to cut it parallel to the selvage, but how do I accurately cut a piece this large? The thought of quickly messing up this much fabric with my rotary is giving me the willies. Can anyone guide me in this
    process?
    Why?

    Do you suffer from Anglejointinmiddleofborderphobia?

    Make life simple. cut along the width and piece it together.

    tim in san jose
    No tim, just prefer to have the length if I've got it available. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter

    Do you suffer from Anglejointinmiddleofborderphobia?

    tim in san jose
    ROTFLMBO!!!!!! :lol: :lol: Now I know what my problem is called!!

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    Tim, you just saved me $$$ getting my problem diagnosed :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    Most of the time I do what Tim suggests. There are just a few exceptions -usually if the border is a solid fabric where a seam would be apparent or if the fabric is directional or has motifs that would clearly show a seam unless I matched it like wallpaper (even then I usually just match it like wallpaper! :wink: )

    If your fabric is a non-directional print, seams will usually be hidden. The small difference in fabric flexibility is not likely to be a factor if you cut and sew carefully.

    Often I will use a diagonal seam when joining border pieces. I can't remember why... I probably had a teacher tell me to do that or read it in a book or something...
    Cathe,

    It's stronger than a simple butt joint.

    tim

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    the only real phobia I have with borders is that I have to make them skinny cuz I'm still a "stitch in the ditch" machine quilter...haven't graduated to free motion yet and if you make the borders over 3" you have to have some type of quilting in them...(IMHO)....I am going to try to do a simple wave pattern on one someday soon....see how that goes!

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    butts? :shock: ... joints? :shock: ... this conversation in this forum has really taken a nose dive
    8) :mrgreen:

    P.S. simple wavy is good, CQ, and won't require dogless freemotion. crosshatch, or just diagonal lines are also easy to do in continuous lines using a regular (or walking) foot.

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    Well, Patrice...in all that stuff I got from my MIL I got some actual quilting patterns ...some in books and some on templates! I was thrilled...just need to learn how to use them now! LOL and one of the templates is a simple "s" wave...looks easy enuf to do with the walking foot...so am going to try it on a TR this next week...I hope!

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    it will be beeeeooooteeeeful. just you wait and see. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Tim, you just saved me $$$ getting my problem diagnosed :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Just call me "Dr. Tim". How can I help you?

    tim in san jose

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    i could use a shoebox of $50s, please

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    Dear Dr. Tim,
    Every morning up on waking, I pour my coffee and sit at my sewing table and discuss with my singer our plans for the day. After pouring my second cup I go to the computer and spend and hour or two discussing quilting with other others who also enjoy this craft. The whole time that I am on the computer, I find my eyes drawn to my sewing machine, sitting there forlorn, alone, longing to be used…. I feel tremendous guilt for leaving it unattended. So, I cut my time short in the chat room to go to my machine… I lovingly dust it off and sit down and start sewing, a sense of peace and calm settles over me. But then, I glance over to the table, and there is my cutting mat, fabric and rotary cutter…. They look so lonely, wanting to do what they were made to do….so sad that they are being ignored. Now I am torn between the two, do I cut out more pieces, do I sew more pieces together, if only I had two more hands and arms! Oh no, now the fabric stash has got my attention….it is calling out to me, “come look at us, take us out, do not ignore us!” My memo board catches my attention, all the clippings and sketches staring back at me. Now what, I think as my computer dings… new emails, a sale at a quilting website, more fabric, threads, notions, I want to see what they have on sale, here is one on more free patterns, this one has pictures, another with instructions, but I need to quilt, I need to cut out fabric, I need to check my stash, write down more ideas…. Oh Dr. Tim, What Should I Do?????

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    Patrice...you just made me laugh so loud I woke Alicia!! LMBO!!! Rule here is if you wake 'em you watch 'em...so don't be surprised if fedx delivers a rather wiggly giggly box your way. (Just kidding she's way to cute to give away, even sleepy! :D )

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    Dear Amma ... the answer is simple. roller skates and an egg timer. :wink:

    Dear Strawberry ... make sure you pack lots of diapers and you've got a deal. i won't keep her toooooo long. my four legged kids would get jealous. :lol:

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    Poor Amma, I sure hope he can help!!!
    However, Patrice's idea sounds pretty good and is probably cheaper!

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    Patrice...No need for diapers, she's been out of those for 2 years now :D (wooohoooo). So say....what...back by the time she's ohhhh 16 or 20? :wink: I'll send treats for the four legged kids...that way they might enjoy the visit more.

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    I am down to the borders on my daughters quilt, I kept glancing at the fabric as I was having my morning coffee, dreading cutting it for fear of the ending up with the "wave" lol, So I grabbed the scissors and made the cut, held my breath and ripped it. I am now a full fledged ripper :lol: I only wish that I had tried this sooner :x Thanks all for the input on this, I no longer dread this aspect of quilt making :D

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    As was pointed out just be sure to test the fabric with a small tear first. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Dear Dr. Tim,
    Every morning up on waking, I pour my coffee and sit at my sewing table and discuss with my singer our plans for the day. After pouring my second cup I go to the computer and spend and hour or two discussing quilting with other others who also enjoy this craft. The whole time that I am on the computer, I find my eyes drawn to my sewing machine, sitting there forlorn, alone, longing to be used…. I feel tremendous guilt for leaving it unattended. So, I cut my time short in the chat room to go to my machine… I lovingly dust it off and sit down and start sewing, a sense of peace and calm settles over me. But then, I glance over to the table, and there is my cutting mat, fabric and rotary cutter…. They look so lonely, wanting to do what they were made to do….so sad that they are being ignored. Now I am torn between the two, do I cut out more pieces, do I sew more pieces together, if only I had two more hands and arms! Oh no, now the fabric stash has got my attention….it is calling out to me, “come look at us, take us out, do not ignore us!” My memo board catches my attention, all the clippings and sketches staring back at me. Now what, I think as my computer dings… new emails, a sale at a quilting website, more fabric, threads, notions, I want to see what they have on sale, here is one on more free patterns, this one has pictures, another with instructions, but I need to quilt, I need to cut out fabric, I need to check my stash, write down more ideas…. Oh Dr. Tim, What Should I Do?????
    amma,
    I get up, I take the dargs out, feed them, feed the cats, make coffee, work on my photos, drop a note to anyone on the board that has written to me, check the board for more important stuff, get the coffee, go back to my studio, shovel out all the junk that mysteriously popped up overnight. I look at the quilt in progress, think "Will I work on this today or dream?"

    Most days I work on it a bit. I really want to use the "F" word soon. I was thinking I would be getting tired of this old quilt, but ya know, if I keep working on it much longer, my daughter might not get it at all. I am getting pretty fond of it.

    On days I dream, I look at the almost finished geese blocks, I look at all the HSTs that need trimming and sewing together. I pull out the magazine and refocus my thoughts as to how I want to finish that quilt. I then look at all the fabric I have pressed and hanging over the back of my rocking chair waiting for me to cut up for Latilla, another very male quilt I have in mind. I have so far resisted doing anything except cutting up the panels in muslin that is going to be the backing for the blocks. I then look at the piles of fabric I have for either a barn raising quilt or a bargello quilt. I bought the fabric for the barn raising, but then I picked up amagazine, 'Fabric Trends' with instructions on how to do the other. I don't worry too much about starting cutting on that one, the colors are still sifting through my mind. I then look at the pile of fabric called YBR sitting there waiting for me to re-iron and pin it into a quilt. This is when I start getting guilty. I usually work on the quilt in progress then for awhile. Then I go to work.

    Does this help?

    tim in san jose (Ah ain't got no $50s)

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    Ah ain't got no $50s)
    then why do i keep talking to you?

    8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    Ah ain't got no $50s)
    then why do i keep talking to you?

    8)
    Because I'm cute?


    tim in san jose

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    Umm... and I was thinking it a toe fetish.

    :D

    "I was thinking I would be getting tired of this old quilt, but ya know, if I keep working on it much longer, my daughter might not get it at all. I am getting pretty fond of it." It must be pretty darn nice then. Have you given her one yet?

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    I RIP!! and it works great I also rip when I need to get that fabric back on grain. I have been to a fabric shop and they rip the purchase fabric.
    Donna

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