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Thread: Why miter the borders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiludrop
    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.
    Oh Oh!!! Quilt Police!! :shock:

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    I was recently at a quilt show. It seamed like have the quilts had mitered borders - the other half didn't! And you know what - they were all beautiful!

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    I was taught by my first quilting teacher to miter all borders and bindings. Fast forward many years ... now after reading many of Gwen Marston's texts, I am reminded of how different things are since our ancestors sat rocking and sewing quilts by hand.
    Did they miter? According to Gwen it's the rare antique quilt that has been found to be "mitered." I think, much like the Amish say, it would have been considered wasteful and too "fancy." I used to miter, now I rarely do. I would include another reason not to. It's more time consuming for today's minute conscious quiltmaker. Our quilts are beautiful whether mitered or not. 8-)

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    Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Depends on the fabric/quilt.

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    I am fairly new to quilting. I was taught to miter my corners, so that's what I've always done. I would be interested in an explanation of how the corners are sewn w/out mitering. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma3
    I am fairly new to quilting. I was taught to miter my corners, so that's what I've always done. I would be interested in an explanation of how the corners are sewn w/out mitering. Thanks!
    There's a picture on page 8 of borders that are not mitered.

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    I've only mitered once, only because I wanted the pattern on the boarders to match.

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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.
    Trisha; I do that also. Learned it from Elenor Burns on "Quilt in a Day."
    Jovi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
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    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 un-quilted in pictures. These borders are not mitered. They're sewn with straight seams.
    I do all mine this way now a lot easier and quicker, but I do miter the binding.

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    I haven't ever learned how to miter corners, but I have a wall hanging I've made and I want to put put mitered corners on it, so I guess I better figure out how.

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