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    Piecing Borders

    How do you go about piecing your borders? I have a wall hanging that the sides are too long for my fabric width. Should I just sew the two pieces together and place that seam in the middle of the long sides? Sew them straight across or on the diagional? I have pieced borders before but this is a floral pattern and not sure which would be the best way. What do you think? Thanks!!
    Shirley :icon_bigsmile:

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    If it were me, I'd do it on the diagional.

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      Re: Piecing Borders

      Whether you do a straight seam or a diagonal one depends a lot on the fabric print. I mostly do straight seams but in a floral a diagonal will sometimes hide the seam better and not make your flowers look so 'chopped off'. If you are attempting to pattern match then straight as this will be easier.

      My rule of thumb on position is NEVER in the middle, always offset the position, nearer the top one side and nearer the bottom the other side, if you put the seam in the middle it will immediately grab the eye and the border seam is not what you want people looking at. If you work on the artistic principle of thirds you will be safe, this principle says you don't put things in the middle, most things like horizons etc will be 1/3 from the top or the bottom, and focal points will be 1/3 from a side, for some reason it is more visually pleasing to the human mind.

      Wow, sorry, that was a bit intense...old art habits die hard. Seriously though it will look nicer not in the middle and not in the same place on both sides.
      Lynn

      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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        Shirley,
        I am in total agreement with Lynn ( dragonfly) . I always sew & place my seams as she recommends. It's more attractive to the eye.

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          Thanks so much ladies!!! I am going in there and finish it right now. Such a great tip and will remember it in the future. Shirley
          Shirley :icon_bigsmile:

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            #6
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            Dragonfly-thanks for the placement info. I usually put my seams in the middle thinking it would be balanced and look "planned". I'll try the "1/3" idea.
            To shirley-I have found that a seam in a small print isn't really noticable-I'm thinkingcalico-type print.
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