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Thread: Triple Border

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    Triple Border

    I'm kind of stumped over constructing my borders for a quilt. I am putting a triple border on it. Since I didn't have enough fabric to cut the borders LOF, I had to cut them WOF which means it will take 2 - 3 WOF per side. I wanted to sew the three borders together and then attach to the quilt as one unit. But not sure how to handle the seams that will get me the lengths I need for each side. Do I sew each border fabric together first and then stitch the 3 borders together? Or should I stitch the 3 different border strips together and then join the lengths? Clear as mud, right? Any help appreciated.

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    Are you going to miter them at the corner? Otherwise your won't have a continuous border of each fabric. You will have a striped effect at the corners.

    That being said, if you still intend to do what I understand you to say I would sew the individual fabrics the the proper length and join them to the others. I would also stagger the seams so that you don't have them sort of matching but not quite.

    Clear as mud, right?

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    It is easier to add one border to the quilt at a time, and also saves fabric. If you sew the 3 borders together first, you will need to miter the corners, and mitering takes a lot of extra fabric.

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    I agree, I do one border at a time to prevent the corners from looking funny.

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    I agree with MaryLane. Here's what it looks like when you sew the borders together before attaching them. It was okay on a child's quilt, but I would have taken them off and redone them on a more formal quilt.
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    MaryLane,
    You understood me perfectly. I do plan on mitering the corners, I have enough fabric to do that. Thanks for all of the responses.

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    I did borders like you want to do them, I didn't want to miter them and just let them look like they looked. I did a QAYG and had spent so much time on it and was tired of it. I made it for someone else, they didn't know the difference. I had to replace my machine and didn't make enough money on it to buy another machine.
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    Thought I would try this but decided that it will not be what I wanted since one side of borders would cross other. Might work if I add cornerstones to borders. Have not decided yet.

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    I never thought about adding the borders together before adding them to the quilt. Sounds interesting. Seems like the only way to do it if you have more than one border and you want to miter them, right? I've only mitered one border on a quilt, not two, so I never thought about this.
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    I sew my borders together first and then remeasure and attach them to the quilt. I find that if I sew on one border and then another to that one and so on, my borders seem to grow. Making the strata with all the borders sewn together, ironing and measuring to get the same lengths help me to keep the waves out of my borders. I am sure everyone has their favorite method that works for them. As for piecing the borders, I would tend to stagger the seams unless you can work the seams into a design feature. Sometimes if I don't have enough length to go the whole length of my quilt, I place an extra block in the border. This solves the seam issue and continues the design out to the edge of the quilt which I some times like better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    Are you going to miter them at the corner? Otherwise your won't have a continuous border of each fabric. You will have a striped effect at the corners.

    That being said, if you still intend to do what I understand you to say I would sew the individual fabrics the the proper length and join them to the others. I would also stagger the seams so that you don't have them sort of matching but not quite.

    Clear as mud, right?

    In addiiton, when you join two like strips, do a bias join. The bias seam almost fools the eye to NOT seeing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faykilgore View Post
    I agree with MaryLane. Here's what it looks like when you sew the borders together before attaching them. It was okay on a child's quilt, but I would have taken them off and redone them on a more formal quilt.
    Sewing the borders together before attaching does not make a mitered corner out of the question. Just a matter of choice as to how you want to finish them
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