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Thread: Question about borders

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    I have been a lurker for awhile and learned a lot from you guys. Thank you so much. Now my question is...
    I am ready to put some borders around my quilt. Do I need to cut
    90+ inches on the straight? or can I cut wof and sew together?
    I think on the straight would look better but....I know I will get it crooked. How do you do it?
    Thanks, Linda

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    It's perfectly okay to seam your borders.

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    I cut WOF for mine! :-)

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    WOF here too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crlyn
    I cut WOF for mine! :-)
    Me too.

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    Great, WOF it is!
    I thought the quilt police would come after me. ;-)

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    I cut WOF because it is just too expensive for me to buy that much extra fabric.

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    Please what is WOF ??

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    If WOF then seam on the diagonal. One's eye tends to stop if seamed on the straight. Also check the pattern in your fabric to be assured the seaming doesn't look disjointed as some directional prints tend to do. If this is the case then I believe you need to do some careful cutting to make the border look continuous.

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    Thank you

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    I usually do mine WOF too, but it's "better" to do length grain if you have wavy border problems. If it's a special quilt I do the straight grain borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campion
    Please what is WOF ??
    Width of fabric.

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    oh my.. the subject line scared me for a second...

    I thought it said "question about hoarders"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    If WOF then seam on the diagonal. One's eye tends to stop if seamed on the straight. Also check the pattern in your fabric to be assured the seaming doesn't look disjointed as some directional prints tend to do. If this is the case then I believe you need to do some careful cutting to make the border look continuous.
    Ditto, also WOF is stretchier so be careful of pulling or stretching fabric.

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    I like to use the straight of grain for borders. It does not stretch nearly as much as the cross cut. It helps to keep the entire quilt square. But there have been times when I just can not justify the cost of the lenght for just a border.. too much left over , or I just do not have enough . When this happens I always kick myself for not having the forethought to cut the fabric for the borders first then use the remaining in the quilt.
    FYI its tough to mix , using lenght wise and then another border in the same quilt on cross grain. The cross grain will not lay as flat when mixed with the lenght wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Hawkins
    Great, WOF it is!
    I thought the quilt police would come after me. ;-)
    Quilt police???? Are they lurking????

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    i try to use vertically cut (VC) border strips whenever possible. since using WOF requires piecing the borders, i don't hesitate to piece the VC borders if i don't want to buy a looooooooong piece.

    there's nothing wrong with WOF borders. i just get better results with less aggravation if i do them VC.

    when i have to use WOF, i starch the bejeezers out of them before stitching. that helps reduce the chances of stretching them into waves or ruffles. AND a walking foot is immensely helpful when attaching WOF borders.

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    I cut mine WOF. I do better that way.

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    I prefer to cut the length because it has less stretch, but I often piece the WOF (on the diagonal)and it usually works out fine.

    You might want to use your even feed foot to apply the border and the binding.

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    For me it depends on the fabric being used. If it has a definite directional pattern I cut one direction for the top and bottom and the other for the sides. That way the pattern is the same on all borders. If it is an all over print I cut WOF and piece unless it is a special quilt and I don't want the seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campion
    Please what is WOF ??


    It's Width of Fabric....in other words, just cut crossways and your strips will end up 40"-42" long, depending on the fabric.

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    If you are worried about having a seam in your borders, just make a feature of it and put a fancy block in - between and it will not be noticeable.

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    WOF is easier to cut, does not strech as much and is really not a fabric waster. Cut you strips as wide as you want the border and they should be 40-42 in long. Figure ou the total inches need to go around the quilt divide by 40 and that is how many strips that you will need. Cut one extra strip to allow for diaginal piecing of the strips. Diaginal piecing seams does not show as much as straight but they do take more material. Extra material? same for another project!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    oh my.. the subject line scared me for a second...

    I thought it said "question about hoarders"
    Question about Hoarders - we can answer almost any question you have!!!!!

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    I straight seam sashing and borders and cross grain the binding. Another mantra! Besides I have a note on my sewing table, so as not to forget! Edie

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