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Thread: Frustrated

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    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
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    I have a love/hate relationship with panels -- I love the look of the (they have some of the cutest) but squaring some of the up is a misery. I have spent WAY too much time trying to come up with a square block for the Eric Carl Brown Bear and Very series. I am trying to make a quilt with 2 - 9 block squares of Brown Bear and 2 from the Very series.

    I could not square up the panels themselves (they were anywhere from 1/2" to 1 1/2" off). I tried my grandmother's trick of soaking them with starch and stretching as I pressed them to the lines. I got 1 to square up -- 3 to go. Then I added sashing to them and tried again, I now have 2 that are great, but 2 are still wonky -- did I mention that I am trying to get them to the same size with the sashing LOL. (I did not prewash this set since when I prewashed the last set I had an even bigger battle.)

    I am taking a break and a breath. I wonder why I would ever buy panels, then I look at them and I love them all over again.

    Next step is to wet the wayward panels and pin them to a grid and let them dry that way. Attached is a pict of the 4 -- they look pretty square from a distance.

    Thanks for listening.
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    This is going to be soooo cute! You can defeat the panel, I just know you can.

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    I think blocking the panels may help you. I did that with a couple of wonky ones and worked pretty good.

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    hang in there. we're all rooting for you.....

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    Maybe just square them up by using wonky cut sashing??

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    Have you seen Sharon Schamber's videos on how to square up blocks? Might help. I will try to add links to them:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3RIWhBvcA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6aplw_tVZc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIjZqABo2NY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Have you seen Sharon Schamber's videos on how to square up blocks? Might help. I will try to add links to them:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3RIWhBvcA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6aplw_tVZc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIjZqABo2NY
    I took a look at the videos -- was thinking along those lines except with water not starch. I watched the video about the pressing board -- don't uave osb but have an idea of something that may work.

    Thanks!!

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    It's like blocking a sweater. Works wonders.

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    I had some cute printed cat blocks that were not square. I squared them up after adding a border. You can't tell looking at the quilt that the original blocks were not quite square.

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