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Thread: Piping in the seam

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    Member grammer ann's Avatar
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    Nov 2010
    Surprise, Az

    Piping in the seam

    I am making a quilt with New York Beauty blocks separating the center of the quilt from the border. I was wondering if I could sew piping into the curved edges of the New York Beauty blocks. Has anyone ever done something like this and what has been your experience? I will be interested to read your replies.

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    I have never done a New York Beauty but I love piping on anything.

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    there are lots of people who use piping but i would not do it for one big reason... standing proud of the surface means that it wears first and most and it gets dirty first.... the new york beauty is not a simple, quick and easy block...a lot of work went into them and i personally would not wan to jeopardize them by using piping which would not be sturdy in the long run..

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    I've done NY Beauty and I've done piping but not together. I put piping into the border of a small wallhanging. But I've also done piping on any number of other craft/home dec projects. Takes lots of patience when going around curves. Lots of clipping of your piping seam allowance. And lots of pinning. Even without piping on a NYB for that curved seam. Simply due to bulk you will probably have issues with the block laying flat. All of that said, if it's not something that will get tons of wear/tear - go for it. Your piping will be subject to more wear/tear than the balance of the quilt.

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    Piping or a flange in the midst of any quilt (i.e., anywhere but the binding seam) also adds to the difficulty of machine quilting because it has to be worked around.
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