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Thread: A question...mitered borders

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    I'm getting ready to cut strips for a 5" wide mitered boarder. The directions tell me to cut the strips on the lengthwise grain of the fabric. Does that mean when I make my cuts I make them parallel to the selvage?

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    Yes, they are apparently stronger and less stretchy that way. Can we see the quilt when its done?

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    Here is what it looks like so far...
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    Sorry, forgot to turn the pic around before loading it.

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    It's very pretty from any direction.

    Yes, you cut them along the selvage for the lengthwise grain. Crosswise is across the width of the fabric from selvage to selvage.

    Besides being less stretchy, you can make them longer and not have to piece them that way. Most border prints also run that way as do most striped fabrics.

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    That's lovely!

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    Your quilt is lovely.

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    They probably have you cut that way to avoid seams. One thing to remember about mitered borders (in case you never did one) measure the quilt across the center and use that exact measurement to sew onto the side (1/4" in from the edges) but don't forget to leave the overlap on EACH end so you can miter the corners. I did that wrong twice. Once I didn't have enough overlap to miter. The other time, I didn't measure the center and my border got wavy.

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    That is a beautiful quilt.

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    Very pretty card trick :D:D:D

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    :) I don't do mitered corners to much. I just do a 5" border attached like you have your saching and then put on a attached binding. I guess thats the look I like.
    I would say if the quilt has any length to it your going to have to seam the binding and then do the mitered corners. It would be good if the length was around 40", then you wouldn't have to seam it. I like to seam strips on an angle. My friends think its to much work, but it looks so much better.
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