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Thread: Question re: feather border

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    Jan 2019

    Question re: feather border

    I am going to attempt a feather border for the first time. The border is 5Ē (approx 13cm). I have stitched in the ditch on the quilt side of the border but want to remove my pin pasting and stitch baste the outside edge of the border down so I donít have to keep stopping to remove pins and also to give me a visual of where the binding will be. Is this OK or am I making a mistake?

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    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
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    Apr 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Seems fine to me .....

    Though if it were me,
    I would probably do a very long stitch random wave in the 5" border to help stabilize. the breadth of the border. Then do the outside line/edge as you suggested. Leave the pins in place until you get the wave done, or til you are about to run over a pin.

    I love doing feathers .... wherever they are ... Good Luck and have fun!
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    Power Poster
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    Mar 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    If on your sewing machine, use a large stitch and remove the pins as you come to them. Do you have a good amount of batt and backing to hold onto as you FMQ? If not, maybe stitch some scrap fabric onto the side when you baste the edge.

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    May 2014
    North east
    Should be ok if you do a basting stitch....long stitch so will be easier if you need to rip some stitching to flatten and smooth the border area.

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    Super Member Snooze2978's Avatar
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    Sep 2011
    Carroll, Iowa
    I always baste down the sides as I go as well as the top and bottom. Just tried my hand at SITD the entire quilt before doing anything else. Used smoke colored Monopoly 100wt thread in the top and a pale beige BottomLine in the bobbin as the backing was a beige fabric. I was amazed at how much the top thread just blended in to whatever fabric you were stitching on.........light and/or dark. Now my SITD isn't perfect and I found I did better without rulers but I was able to go completely around the quilt by advancing it without breaking the thread or having to tie off until I came back to where I started. I did this between the body of the quilt and sashing, then between the sashing and the border and of course the outside edge of the quilt. It helped stablize my quilt nicely so will continue to do this. I was just putting an E2E in the body and custom (digital) patterns in the sash and border.
    Suz in Iowa
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