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Thread: When You Make A Pieced Border

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    When You Make A Pieced Border

    Do you have to wait until the top is together? I am contemplating piecing the border on my snowman quilt, but I am not sure if I need to wait to cut the pieces and find out the size of this thing.
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    I wait until the top is finished.

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    Yes, you will need to know the exact dimensions to do the math for your blocks on the pieced border. You may even need to add a small strip border to the top to get the math to work. Math is my least favorite subject and I often have problems with pieced borders because of this. I *get* them eventually, but it's frustrating (to me).
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    I wait until the top is done to measure to work out the border and I plan a cheater strip between the pieced border and the quilt top so it works out perfectly.

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    I have done it both ways.
    The point is that the border pieces have to be accurate. There is little 'wiggle room' if it is to fit the body of the quilt. So, your piecing must be accurate as you go. I always measure units as I go just to be sure they are accurate.

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    i always wait until the main section is finished as it may not come out just as planned
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    no, I dont wait because the boarder can take as long as the quilt. and, I always have to adjust for length. so I plan on some kind of cheater strip

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    I generally wait until I'm done with the top regardless of what the pattern says; I'm not always as accurate as I would like to be and would hate to have my borders too big or too small. I only cut out for the blocks and save the border for last.
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    It depends on what kind of pieced border you're making. Piano keys, for instance, can always be adjusted in size after the exact measurement of the top is known. I never make the border until the center is finished just because I may change my mind about the border when I see the center of the quilt.

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    What sort of border are you thinking of putting on?

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    I am thinking of picking 5 or 6 fabrics and cutting little squares. I played in my EQ5 yesterday, and it looks pretty good.
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    No matter, squares,piano key borders or just regular borders. I always wait until the center is done. I measure across the middle and from top to bottom. Borders fit perfectly and quilt doe not need to be squared up.
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    I wait until the top is finished because I generally don't preplan my borders. My latest top is a BOM and I had enough fabrics left to make a pieced border but it took a bit of sketching and math to figure out the dimensions. I also added a floating border which has become a favorite technique for me.

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    I made "Another Links" border for my current quilt. I finished the middle medallion, then made those border pieces. It was really quite complicated. But those pieces do not need to reach the whole length of the quilt. There will be background finishing out the correct length. Now I have to figure out what I will put between the middle and the border. I think it will be really long piano keys with corner stones being miniatures of the center. When I get those corner stones made (that's what I'm working on now), then I will know how long to make the piano keys. After that is all finished, I will know how much background to add to the 8" Links border.
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    I agree wait till the top is finished.
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