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Thread: Blocking and squaring what is the different?

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    What is the different in blocking and squaring and which comes first. This is a lap quilt and I will be quilting on regular home sewing machine.

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    hmm good question.... I'd think u would sq first then block... others will know better tho.... ask and those who know will reply

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    Squaring is trimming edges to make a perfect square or rectangle. It can be done to a block or a whole quilt.

    Blocking is wetting the quilt top and pinning it to something solid (like a carpet) to the size you want. The fabric will stretch a little when wet, or shrink when it dries. I think you can also use a steam iron to block it, although I have never done it. I always square my puilts if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    Squaring is trimming edges to make a perfect square or rectangle. It can be done to a block or a whole quilt.

    Blocking is wetting the quilt top and pinning it to something solid (like a carpet) to the size you want. The fabric will stretch a little when wet, or shrink when it dries. I think you can also use a steam iron to block it, although I have never done it. I always square my puilts if necessary.
    Thank you for this information. Wonderful how we can learn something new everyday from this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    Squaring is trimming edges to make a perfect square or rectangle. It can be done to a block or a whole quilt.

    Blocking is wetting the quilt top and pinning it to something solid (like a carpet) to the size you want. The fabric will stretch a little when wet, or shrink when it dries. I think you can also use a steam iron to block it, although I have never done it. I always square my puilts if necessary.
    Ditto ...
    Also, you can do some blocking via ironing ... along with steam or spritzing with water, or spray starch/sizing.

    Thus why it's important to "press" up and down and minimize the stretching and shifting of fabrics ..... unless it is wanted/needed.

    Then once the pressed/ironed block is dry, you will likely need to do some final squaring and trimming.

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