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Thread: How do I square a quilt top?

  1. #21
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    Mar 2011
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    If you have it quilted by a longarmer, she will be able to help a lot in squaring it up. I do it all the time .

  2. #22
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    Feb 2011
    I have a black & decker cross-hair laser that guys would use in their workshop. I put in in one corner and the red laser goes both directions, across the top and one side. If you have someone help you can use a long ruler and mark along the line. Do the same on the opposite corner to do the other side and the bottom. It works for me if I think it needs squared up. I use 2 banquet tables at my church and smooth the quilt top out Once I have the quilt top pressed I try to keep it nice with a couple lengthwise folds and put it on a tube hangar until I get it ready to mark. The laaseer won't care if you're a lefty!
    Quote Originally Posted by michelleoc View Post
    I sewed all my rows together on this quilt that I've had forever and the sides are all wonky. How do I square this thing up? Please used the simplest terms known to man (or woman): I'm old, I'm tired, I'm blonde and I'm left-handed. Everything seems a little harder for me than for others!

  3. #23
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    Maybe some of these will help you with this not-too-fun, but very important task. Good luck. If you go to www.youtube.com and put "how to square up quilts" in the query box, you'll come up with all sorts of visuals.

  4. #24
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    Its extra work, but when it is all sew together it is worth it. Press each block as you finish it, square it, then sew into a row, press the seams, then square the row. When all the rows are completed, measure vertically in three separate areas. Add the measurements and average. This will be the size of side borders. Measure horizontally, including the borders which you have sewn on. After is is quilted, check for squareness. Probably very minimal.

  5. #25
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    North Fork Ca
    I would press the entire top and use a lot of starch, then fold it into quarters to see where it is off, and go from there

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