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Thread: adjustiung size of quilt

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    adjustiung size of quilt

    I am making doll quilts for a local charity and they want them to be 24" square. I am making them 3 -8" x3-8" blocks. I am cutting blocks 8 1/2" so when I am finished joing block the top measures 24 1/2" and after adding binding the tops still measure 24 1/2" since I am really not getting rid the 1/4" extra on each side of the top. Should I square the top to measure 24".? When making other quilts this is not a issue since 1/2" does not seem to make much difference.

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    I think the only way to answer that question is to ask the charity. I can't see why 1/2" would matter to them, but you never know. Also, the quilt may shrink a little after washing.

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    The problem with trimming that last quarter inch is that you may be cutting off points if your blocks extend to the edge. Often, there is a plain border at the edge, so this isn't an issue. I agree, i would contact the charity and see if they really have to be exactly 24"
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I think the only way to answer that question is to ask the charity. I can't see why 1/2" would matter to them, but you never know. Also, the quilt may shrink a little after washing.
    this was my first thought as well
    Nancy in western NY

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    I think they would be happy to get them any size.

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    Unless someone is standing there with a tape measure and actually measuring the quilts, how would they ever know. The other thing is, depending on how densely you're quilting it, it might actually shrink up a bit.

    I say don't worry about it.

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    Thanks for the advice! I did contact the gal in charge of the project and she said the 1/2" would not matter. Good thing cause I do not want to rip off binding! 1/2 does not seem like much but it may make difference in other projects.

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    Another interesting observation about these quilts. For quilting I am just top stitching corner to corner in each 8" block. I notiiced that after I put on the binding that the stitching is no longer corner to corner on the outside but is about 1/4" off to the centeroff the block away frpom the stitching. Guess that I never noticed this before so maybe I should have adjusted the stitching not to the corner but allowing 1/4" for binding. It does really not matter on this quilt since it is for a doll. Opinons?????

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    If you're consistent with your quarter inch seams and are taking a quarter inch off all four sides of each block, the diagonal seams should still be corner to corner - was your binding a little more than a quarter inch? that would account for the offset. But in any case, I'd not worry about it for a doll's quilt...or for any quilt for that matter. Most people just don't notice things that minute. Thanks for doing this volunteer work.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63 View Post
    Another interesting observation about these quilts. For quilting I am just top stitching corner to corner in each 8" block. I notiiced that after I put on the binding that the stitching is no longer corner to corner on the outside but is about 1/4" off to the centeroff the block away frpom the stitching. Guess that I never noticed this before so maybe I should have adjusted the stitching not to the corner but allowing 1/4" for binding. It does really not matter on this quilt since it is for a doll. Opinons?????
    Kate

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