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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    piecing border strips

    Do you sew them on the diagonal, like binding strips, or do you use a straight seam? I've got a solid color border, and the seam will show.

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    I've done them both ways. I tend to like the diagonal better but wouldn't hesitate to use straight if it worked out to look good or better.

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    I have done both also. depends on how much fabric i have and maybe the quilt too. if i do straight seams, i try to line the seam up with one in the quilt itself.
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    I tend to use diagonal for some reason. I don't see a problem using either. I guess it is what you are used to.

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    I prefer the diagonal, less bulk when you fold over.....have done straight when I was running short of fabric, but it does give you more bulk at that point.

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    I usuall do mine straight and have not had a problem
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    I also do both. Usually, it depends on what the fabric is.

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    It depends on the pattern. If it's all appliqué or curves, I usually go with diagonal. If it's blocks, I sometimes continue an extra block out to the border to expand the design and disguise the seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    I have done both also. depends on how much fabric i have and maybe the quilt too. if i do straight seams, i try to line the seam up with one in the quilt itself.
    My thoughts exactly, but I do lean towards diagonal piecing.

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    i've done it both ways, but have not had to piece very often. the quilting will help hide the seam either way.
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    I prefer the diagonal seam. Your eye tends to flow over it instead of being stopped by a solid line. And when you quilt it you'll have to look hard to find the diagonal seam later, it practically disappears.
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    I let the material tell me. My personal preference is diagonal seaming, but some prints look better with straight seams.
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    The answer could also depend on the quilting design you're going to use.

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    I usually do diagonal on solid-color fabrics and straight on prints where the seam is less noticeable. When I do the diagonal, I make sure that I have all of the diagonals pointing in the same direction all the way around the quilt.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I always did the diagonal until I made the Lover;s Knot quilt by Eleanor Burns. She said in her book to do the straight seam, so sometimes I join the borders like that and press the seams open. Since I do FMQ on my quilts I'm sure they will last as long as the quilt.
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    I depends. I do both. It often depends on how much fabric I have for the outer border. I like to make 8-10" borders which takes a lot of fabric to do the diagonal. If I have the fabric then I will do diagioal but if not then I do staight. My eperience has been that it really does not make much diffrence. For inner borders that are smaller then I do diagonal piecing.

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