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    Do you piece your border fabric?

    I want to put a four inch border around my latest baby quilt, but I will not have enough unless I piece it--is this a no no?
    Lisa

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    Well, I don't know if it's 'right' or not, but I've sure done it!

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      #3
      Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

      I've done it when I did not want to buy yardage to get the needed amount. If you are using a print it won't be too noticable. also some recommend joining seam should be done as a diagonal/bias so it's not as noticable.
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        #4
        Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

        I've done it, too...inner and outer borders.

        If there is a rule against it, I havent seen it...but then again, all rules are made to be broken.
        I was told a long time ago, there is no right or wrong way to do something...its however you want it to be!!
        ~Mary
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          #5
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          Honey, again, There Are No Quilt Police!!!!!!!
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            #6
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            I just did it on a bigger quilt. Sometimes you just don't have a choice.
            Suzette

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              #7
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              only when I have to. I find there are times that the quilt is too big not too
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                #8
                Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

                Yes. Just make sure your seams on the borders don't line up with each other if you do an inner and outer border.

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                  #9
                  Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

                  I have done it several times. After it is quilted..it is hardly noticeable. I don't put the seams straight across from each other. Go ahead it will turn out great!!!!
                  Shirley :icon_bigsmile:

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                    #10
                    Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

                    I did it too; but sewed it diagonal or you call it also biased. It worked pretty good.
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                      #11
                      Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

                      If it's a large print I highly recommend matching the design in the fabric. That's the best way to piece it so it's not noticeable. If it's a solid or really small print I'd do what others have suggested and sew the pieces together on the bias.
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                        #12
                        Re: Do you piece your border fabric?

                        thats how I do it but I sew it diagonally like you would your binding. gives it a better look I think. not as noticeable
                        Patrice

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                          #13
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                          Make it look like a "Design Element" by making the border on the opposite side a mirror image. You can also center the longest piece and add two shorter pieces to either end. Like this [][ ][] .
                          I have even seen a quilt with candy cane/barber pole type stripes as a border. They strip pieced the fabrics together (1.5"wide strips) and then cut them on a diagonal. They cut it the width they wanted the border (2.5") and then stacked them to get the length desired. Super sweet. I can't wait to try it on the next quilt I have lined up.
                          You could always piece a border with mini versions of your center blocks to help stretch your border fabrics. Or, if you really don't want to see the seam in your border; you can pull one of the design motifs out of the central part of the quilt and make an applique of it to go over the seam. I have seen some really cute quilts that have pulled flowers, ladybugs, etc. out and splashed them into the borders.

                          No matter how you do it, your central part of the quilt will be the focus, so the border will only be a frame for it.
                          Go for it!
                          Cathy
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