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Thread: Why miter the borders?

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    Super Member AlwaysQuilting's Avatar
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    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?

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    I never miter. My quilts are scrapy and it works good for me.

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    I find it faster to miter

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    I dont miter my borders becuse it overwhelms me I just cant figure out how

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    personal choice.

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    Depends on the pattern/design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    personal choice.
    Agree.
    It changes the look, so whatever you want for that particular quilt.
    Just like every other aspect of the quilt - artistic expression.

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    Personal choice :)

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    I don't miter all my borders. depends on how much fabric i have on some of the quilts and if i want to go to the trouble on others. it's a nice look though.

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    Some fabrics need to be mitered, most don't. Unless it's a specific fabric, I don't miter.

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    it depends on the fabric in the border, & what look I want. That being said, I like how the mitered corners look, and the corners go into my triangles basket for use in HSTs later!

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    I only miter if the fabric is a stripe of some sort and I want it to go around the corner.

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    Only recently have I been mitering corners. Always before I didn't, but sort of figured that if I didn't miter them, that I wouldn't be finishing it correctly. Whew, I feel so much better knowing that some of you don't!

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    Depends on the look I'm going for...

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    I would think some fabrics might need mitered corners to match up things. Luckily, most don't! It is an extra step, so kudos to those that tackle it. Make sure you show us pictures. We love to see all quilts! With mitered corners or not!

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    I haven't mitered a border yet. It's not something you HAVE to do, just a personal preference.

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    Only mitre when There is a print that will make a pretty corner if mitred, or using a border stripe. Normally, I sew the sides on, then top & bottom and "bam," it's done & done is better!

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    LOL....Heck....I don't even know what a mitered corner is! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Depends on the pattern/design.
    Same for me too!!

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    It depends on the pattern. Some look better with mitered borders and many don't. I have not made many mitered borders.

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    I'm not at this - what do you do if you don't miter ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayelee
    I dont miter my borders becuse it overwhelms me I just cant figure out how
    Same here. I can get one side but not the other. Too frustrating.

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    I look at the fabric and I will only miter if the design in the fabric will look better. I think it's harder to get a flat border when you miter it so I always try to be real careful in measuring.

    One of the easiest way to miter is to sew on all the borders stopping 1/4" from the corner and locking the stitch. Then play around with the corner folding the fabric to where you want it then ironing it down and I like to put a thin strip of double sided fusible there to hold it in place while I sew it. Some people will top stitch it down with invisible thread.

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    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.

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    I just learned how and its nice to have the option - once I figured out how to miter corners it was easy (although I haven't done it alot - probably depends on the quilt). I just do what I think will look good.

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