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Thread: Why miter the borders?

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    So, if you miter the corners of the quilt top, do you have trouble with the corners "sticking out" when it is quilted? I just miter when the fabric looks best (usually a strip or border print) if it is mitered. If I'm using a busy print or solid fabric I don't miter.

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    I don't know how to miter borders :mrgreen:

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    I don't miter most of the time, but every once in a while depending on the quilt, fabric and for who, I will miter.

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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 that as well, using my quilt back

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    Depends on the quilt pattern...but I to have a problem with mitered cooners...woops been out of school to long how do you spell coners ????.....haha

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    Depends on the quilt pattern...but I to have a problem with mitered cooners...woops been out of school to long how do you spell coners ????.....haha

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    Depends on the quilt pattern...but I to have a problem with mitered cooners...woops been out of school to long how do you spell coners ????.....haha

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    I miter all of my quilts. It is one thing that I can do right! LOL!

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    I never miter. the times I have tried to master this have always been a desaster so I just don't do it.

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    I never miter either - it looks harder to do than regular borders and in reading the instructions, it does sound more troublesome. Regular borders works for me (so far).

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    I don't miter my borders just the binding.

    eunice

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    I've mitered the borders. It depends on the fabric, how much fabric I have, and if I'm in the mood to do it. I should probably try to do it more often, because to me it looks better.

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    Sometimes I miter and sometimes I don't...depending
    upon my mood and luck at trying to do it!
    What does your friend mean that it wastes material???!!!
    :?:

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    I never miter, because I never learned how to do it.

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    I mitre most of the time as I like the look, but again I think it's a personal choice.

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    depends on your fabric for the border. If a border printed fabric, then it looks better to mitre and take advantage of the prints. If solids or background type fabrics, then it probably won't make much difference other than the eye will see the corners and mitre might look more finished.

    If you do mitre border then the mitre in the binding should align with the seam on the border.

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    If you don't miter the corners then how do you do them? I don't usually get mine perfect, so if alot of you don't do it at all I would love to know what you do with the corners!

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    ljwinemiller, sometimes I put the borders on the sides, then across the top.

    Sometimes, like the quilt I'm working on now, I'm putting cornerstones on the corner, matching smaller corner stones in the sashing.

    I save the miter for the prints like Holice mentioned.

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    I only miter if I want my quilt to look a little more "dressy". I lean toward scrappy and they need "straight". :-) :-)

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    For me I just think it looks so nice. Personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    I rarely miter the corners on my quilts.
    I knew a Mennonite and she got me hooked on making quilts.
    She didn't miter her corners. She said it's worldly and a waste of fabric, and they try not to waste anything. That made sense to me.
    So to this day I don't miter unless someone requests it.
    Am I the minority? Do you always miter your corners?
    It depends if you do not want to have a break in the pattern as you go around the corner - so that the entire design is framing the quilt. Some designs, such as a rope or floral pattern, look better if mitred. I also think you should have this technique in your skill set so that your designing possibilities are not limited.

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    Go to Overallquilter.com. Ammee has 3 wonderful videos on How to Miter Corners. Once you do them they are really very easy.

    Kiki Myers

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    I miter some and don't others and I am Mennonite. Who knows. The fabric I cut away when I miter is used elsewhere so is not really a waste.

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    It all depends on the look you wish to achieve. If you are using stripes it looks so much better.

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    Like many others have said already, I also don't always mitre my corners on the quilts I make as it really depends on the look I am after and the pattern of the fabric I used in the border.

    I also keep my corners in the scrap basket for "one day use" however I hate doing triangles and so that day ...

    Maybe1day

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