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From: debsews
Date: 11-05-2005, 05:31 PM (1 of 4)
I'm taking my first serger class on Monday and I picked up the pattern for the lap quilt we're making. I washed and ironed the material and started cutting out the pieces. Now the question is the directions say to cut 8 - 4 1/2 " x 48" for borders. This fabric is 45 and if I cut the same as the other pieces I can't get a 48" piece. Do I cut it the other way - the length of the fabric instead? I shouldn't have waited so long to get started on this but here I am! So all you quilters chime in and help me out! Do I still even up the edges and then fold it the other way? I don't know if I'm making sense or if you can understand what I'm talking about.
User: debsews
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 254
From: HeyJudee
Date: 11-05-2005, 07:11 PM (2 of 4)
The fabric that you have for the borders... is it longer than 48" in length? In most quilting classes I've taken, the instructor always recommends cutting the sashings and borders on the lengthwise grain. The reason is that the sashings and borders won't stretch as much as they do when they are cut on the crosswise grain. The quilt will be more stable and you will have a better chance of the sides being even and not one side stretched longer than the other.

But if I don't have enough fabric, I have also cut the borders and sashings on the crosswise grain. It still works.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
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From: mamahoogie
Date: 11-07-2005, 09:47 AM (3 of 4)
I agree. I've read experts who swear they only use the cross-cut of the fabric and others that will only use the length. So, I use what is the most advantageous and saves the most fabric and less work for me. If I have enough length, then length it is! If not, you have to piece two cross-cut pieces together - do it on an angle, not straight.
Good luck
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
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From: debsews
Date: 11-07-2005, 03:34 PM (4 of 4)
Well as usual I agonized over getting all the pieces cut out just right and arrived at class to find most people buying their fabric before class and then cutting it there also. I had everything cut and ready to go and so got the label of "overachiever". It was a good class though and I have most of the project done. Next time we're doing the borders and binding. Then if it looks good I'll post pics. LOL
Thanks for the advice. It really helped!
User: debsews
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 254
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