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    Super Member natalieg's Avatar
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    Cutting borders the length of fabric instead of the width???

    I cut most of my borders from the length (you can always find a use for the left-overs), but often suffer from the cuts not being as accurate as I would like. I have always been able to compensate, but would like to know your hints and tips. I have tried the fold method, but that leaves me and the border a little wonky!

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    Rip it.

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    Yep. Tear it.

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    I also rip mine.I make it a little wider then I need then trim to size.that takes care of the fringes.hope this helps.

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    Another frog here. Rip it, rip it. ;)

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    Rip and then trim :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Rip and then trim :D:D:D
    me too.

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    I use my big cutting mat and a very long cutting ruler then line it up with each cut to make it straight. I have tried ripping it but not crazy over the edges.

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    As others have replied, tearing is the most accurate. Just make the strip a little wider and then trim off the ravels. Makes your quilt hand straighter as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGibbs
    I use my big cutting mat and a very long cutting ruler then line it up with each cut to make it straight. I have tried ripping it but not crazy over the edges.
    That is also what I do.

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    Thanks for the question. You all are great. I will also be a frog in the future. BrendaK

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmamarie
    I also rip mine.I make it a little wider then I need then trim to size.that takes care of the fringes.hope this helps.
    I always make my boarders a little wider than called from, after quilting I measure and trim to whatever an equal size on each side.

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    Press, fold, cut accurately!

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    i make sure the center fold is very straight- then i even one edge- salvage to salvage- so i have a nice straight starting line.
    i then drape the fabric-fold to the right- with the bulk of the length hanging down the back (between cutting table & wall) i make sure it is *hanging straight* by using the lines on my cutting mat. I line up my 24" ruler using the mat lines to line up nice and straight the width i need- i cut from the bottom (closest to me) toward the top which is hanging down the back of the table- i stop about 8" from the end of my ruler- pull the fabric toward me- making sure it stays even- line up and cut another 18-20", and repeat- until i reach the end. works for me i always wind up with nice straight cuts- no v's or waves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaGibbs
    I use my big cutting mat and a very long cutting ruler then line it up with each cut to make it straight. I have tried ripping it but not crazy over the edges.
    This is what I do also. But may I add that you don't want to make it too many layers to cut. It's easier and more accurate if it's 4 layers or less.

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    Rip iT! its the only way that really works!

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    Good ideas and good reasons for doing it those ways!

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    rip and trim -- that way you are sure the grain is straight!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Yep. Tear it.
    Yep, yep! Tear it! Just measure it about an eighth inch to a fourth inch wider to allow for the "fringe".

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    Rip it !!

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    While cutting folded fabric I Never cut across the fold I open it up I no longer get that Wonky Waste

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    If the fabric has a directional pattern in it, I will measure and cut according to the pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Rip it.
    yep, RIP...I do them about 1/4" larger and then spritz and iron and remeasure..if I need to trim them down I do, but usually it does not matter, and they lie so much flatter!

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    What a great question and responses. I have always cut my borders and never considered ripping.... mmmm... with the overwhelming response of "ripping".... I'm gonna try it on my current quilt. Thanks everyone!

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    I'm a closet ripper too! Some think this practice is wrong, but my ripping skills are far better than my cutting skills. I always rip vertical but only rip WOF to initally square up the piece.

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