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Thread: Why miter the borders?

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    Super Member sewingladydi's Avatar
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    I like how mitered borders look, but by the time I get to the borders, I am anxious to finish the quilt. And since I don't usually miter, it takes me longer.

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    It depends on the pattern. I have mitered some, and gone straight on others. To me, using a mitered border is not wasteful because the leftovers go into the scrap bin for another day.

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    I have done both, but I prefer NOT to miter! Depends on the quilt, I guess.

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    It's a personal choice. I like the look especially if the fabric has a directional design.
    What I do if there are more than 1 border is sew all the borders together as they will appear on the quilt. Then I sew them to the quilt and miter them all as a group instead of doing one border at a time. That way the angle is consistent through all the borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qbee
    LOL....Heck....I don't even know what a mitered corner is! :D
    It is a method to finish the corners of your quilt. If you want more information, am sure there are a ton of websites with a tute.

    P.S. Have never done it. By the time I get to the borders am "done"! :-)

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    I only mitre my borders if that will add to the overall design, or if butting the borders would detract from it.

    Lately, I've gotten into assymetrical borders - two sides larger than the other two, or um, I don't know what to call this exactly, revolving? borders maybe? These are constructed like a log cabin.

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    I always mitre mine, it makes it easier for me since I usually have a dead line. But it doesn't matter how you do it as long as you are happy with the finished quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjradj
    It's a personal choice. I like the look especially if the fabric has a directional design.
    What I do if there are more than 1 border is sew all the borders together as they will appear on the quilt. Then I sew them to the quilt and miter them all as a group instead of doing one border at a time. That way the angle is consistent through all the borders.
    Great idea! I will be trying this out in the near future. I've got a quilt with a striped border of safari animals. I was wondering about the inner border. Now I know how to handle it. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marquilt
    Lately, I've gotten into assymetrical borders - two sides larger than the other two, or um, I don't know what to call this exactly, revolving? borders maybe? These are constructed like a log cabin.
    I do that too!

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    You can miter a corner! There's a tutorial that might help you. Try it with scraps on a non-quilt first so you get the hang of it.

    http://blog.caronmosey.com/2009/12/t...er-corner.html

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    Thank goodness for that because I can not get it into my thick head how to mitre.
    I am dyslexic and my brain just goes into a flux.
    Joan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    Quote Originally Posted by Qbee
    LOL....Heck....I don't even know what a mitered corner is! :D
    It is a method to finish the corners of your quilt. If you want more information, am sure there are a ton of websites with a tute.

    P.S. Have never done it. By the time I get to the borders am "done"! :-)
    Theresa....I'm with you!! Loved your answer. I have never mitered the corners, and even was taught to add the borders on the long side first and then the top to save fabric.

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    Depends on the fabric design, quilt pattern, overall look.

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    I really love to miter corners. It is an accomplishment for me especially when the corners all turn out smooth!

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    I have never mitered a border. But, I can see that with certain border prints/stripes it would look better, and if I were using such a print, I would learn it! I save all my scraps, so to me it wouldn't be such a waste.

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    I usually don't miter, but some border fabrics just call to be mitered. Once you get the technique down it's not difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayelee
    I dont miter my borders becuse it overwhelms me I just cant figure out how
    Here is the best, simplest explanation I've seen for how to do mitered corners. I love it. :-)

    https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B4q...ut=list&num=50

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    I've mitered everything for so long I don't remember how to put on a border without mitering. Guess I might have to look that up!

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    Can you imagine a picture frame not having mitered corners? A border frames the quilt. I fold and glue my miters then sew the seam. If I have more then one border I sew all the borders together and then miter them all at one time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trisha
    I don't like mitering. I try and make most of my quilts with the backs a few inches larger than the front so I have a built in binding. Does anyone else do this? Easiest way possible and the people I make quilts for wouldn't know the difference anyway.
    I do this and I have found a way to make the front look like it has been mitered.

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    Remember, a quilt does not have to have mitered corners to be beautiful.

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    I miter IF I'm using a striped fabric. Occasionally otherwise, like if the quilt has a strong diagonal thing going on. If everyone always mitered, corner stones wouldn't exist. That would be a bad thing. I like squareness most of the time. The quilt will tell you how to go. And if you try mitering with striped fabric - you will find that it really isn't that hard to do.

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    My borders, I do not. My binding I do (I turn over the backing as my binding.).

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    I don't know how to attach binding without mitering, could someone please post a photo of an unmitered binding? I can't seem to picture it in my mind. Thank-you.

    T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terryl
    I don't know how to attach binding without mitering, could someone please post a photo of an unmitered binding? I can't seem to picture it in my mind. Thank-you.

    T.
    Borders and binding are two different things. I rarely miter borders and always miter bindings.

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