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Thread: I'm Confused - Pinwheel block question

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    I have made 12 pinwheel blocks for a baby quilt. My confusion is do I square each pinwheel block or do I block them. I watched a youtube video on blocking and I have watched videos on squaring. Which is correct for my pieced block? I squared a tube block and it made one half of the inside hour glass smaller than the other. I don't want to distort all of my pretty pinwheel blocks. Please help.

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    I'd square pinwheel blocks...they're essentially HST. As long as you square them with the center seam in the middle, you're good.

    Tube quilts, as long as your sewing line is accurate throughout, should not need squaring. The part where you make them accurate is lining up your ruler with the sewing line (not the edge of the fabric) and then CUT!

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    For me, it's always safer to block than to trim.

    How out-of-true are your pinwheel blocks? And what size are they? It is only occasionally that I need to "block" blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    For me, it's always safer to block than to trim.

    How out-of-true are your pinwheel blocks? And what size are they? It is only occasionally that I need to "block" blocks.
    My blocks are only about 1/8 of an inch on some/ not all sides. Does that much really matter? can I adjust in the 1/4 inch seam line? Thank you for your response. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropical
    My blocks are only about 1/8 of an inch on some/ not all sides. Does that much really matter? can I adjust in the 1/4 inch seam line? Thank you for your response. :)
    How big are the blocks? If the blocks are 6" or larger, I don't think I'd worry at all about 1/8th of an inch off. If they are really small pinwheel blocks, then I would be more tempted to block before sewing.

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    i sometimes just correct it in the seam allowance if it is close

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    Start squaring up, when you are making the 1/2 sq triangles. Then make adjustments in your seam allowances as you put them together. It is harder if you wait til the pinwheel blocks are made, to start squaring them up :D:D:D

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    Oh, I see these are 12 pinwheel blocks for a baby quilt, so they are probably 12-inch blocks. Being 1/8th inch off on a 12-inch block is minimal; I wouldn't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Oh, I see these are 12 pinwheel blocks for a baby quilt, so they are probably 12-inch blocks. Being 1/8th inch off on a 12-inch block is minimal; I wouldn't worry about it.
    Thank you so much. I tend to be a perfectionist when it really isn't necessary. I'm going to use your suggestion and not worry about it. My DH is always telling me to lighten up. He's a stickler when it comes to his doing measurements though. lol

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    I'd give them a good starch and press, then see how far off they are. You should be able to block them that way

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