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Thread: Why miter the borders?

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    I have only learned to mite corners...does anyone have pictures of what a non-mitered quilt looks like? I would be interested in seeing some pics. Thanks....Connie in California

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    i only miter the corners when putting on the binding and that is plenty of mitering for me

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    Never the borders but always the binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheila bee
    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
    corners :thumbup: :lol: :D

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    I don't miter my borders and I almost always round the corners, I find they hang better on the bed. I usually make the ones for us to use as a bedspread and the corners don't touch the floor. I round the corners of the quilts I give away and no one has ever complained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberonenana
    I have only learned to mite corners...does anyone have pictures of what a non-mitered quilt looks like? I would be interested in seeing some pics. Thanks....Connie in California
    I just posted a picture of a quilt with round corners.

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    I miter mine most of the time. now that it does not take me a whole day. ;) God bless.

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    I had a real time doing mitered corners. A while ago there was a great tute on mitering corners and it turned the light on for me. How else do you do corners??

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    depends on quilt but most of the time I do and always miter te bindings peorid.

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    I always miter my bindings but for borders it depends on the fabric and the 'look' that I want.

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    Yes I miter. It is faster

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    I mitre if it fits in with the pattern. I do like to do corner stones in the borders instead of a mitre.
    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl
    I always miter my bindings but for borders it depends on the fabric and the 'look' that I want.

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    Corner stones always look nice.

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    I agree with that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tree1156
    I'm not at this - what do you do if you don't miter ?
    Me, too. What's the alternative to mitering?

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    I think the quilt pattern, border fabrics determine weather you miter or not. the place where I think you should always miter is if you are piecing the border in order to get the length you need. hardly shows with a miter--sticks out like a sore thumb if you straight seam the join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewslow
    Quote Originally Posted by tree1156
    I'm not at this - what do you do if you don't miter ?
    Me, too. What's the alternative to mitering?
    This is a close up of the borders on a wall hanging I'm making. The border seams show up better on something unquilted in pictures. These borders are not mitered. They're sewn with straight seams.
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    I've mitered only a few borders & it was because of the fabric pattern. Now if that little bit of border fabric was the only 'waste' in my life, I'd be doing good. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I only miter if the fabric is a stripe of some sort and I want it to go around the corner.
    Thats what i do. If I have a border fabric that is a stripe or the like, i will miter it because I think that it looks funny if it's not mitered. Otherwise-no way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Depends on the pattern/design.
    Ditto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewslow
    Quote Originally Posted by tree1156
    I'm not at this - what do you do if you don't miter ?
    Me, too. What's the alternative to mitering?
    This is a close up of the borders on a wall hanging I'm making. The border seams show up better on something unquilted in pictures. These borders are not mitered. They're sewn with straight seams.
    If I am joining different borders I do this way but I do miter the binding. I find I do not waste as much material with square cut corners on the borders.

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    I don't know how to do it any other way...I have always mitered my corners...what do they look like when not mitered?
    I might like to try it. Thanks Betty

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    Thank you for the photo, I just asked about how they looked not mitered...

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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?
    I'm sure this will be a dumb question, BUT here it goes. Are you talking about when you put the binding on? If you are, then how do you sew binding on if you don't miter? Thanks.

    OOPS.. never mind now that I've read some replies I realize I read the question wrong. No I don't miter borders.

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    A quilting teacher stopped by my sewing room recently and told me that I "must" miter corners on my samples and on my work to look professional.

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