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Thread: Ruler for Squaring Blocks

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    Hi there all - I have finished the blocks for my first quilt and need to "square" them

    I was wondering what rulers people use,........which ones come with good visual instructions and are there any tutorials on how to "square a block"

    Appreciate your thoughts...........

    Judy

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    Super Member donnajean's Avatar
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    I use mostly my 12 x 12 1/2" square ruller. I think the grids on the ruler are pretty self explanatory. If your block must be sized down, make sure you do it equally on allsides.

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    My favorite ruler of all time is my 15 inch omnigrid. I swear I may wear it out someday!! Donna Jean is correct about all sides.

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    I also mostly use my 12.5" square ruler for squaring up unless it's a small block--then I use my 6.5" square.

    Find whatever is supposed to be the center and lay your ruler down so that one of the measurement marks is on a seam line if possible and the center is dead on where you want it then trim anything that hangs over on your right and top (left and top if you're left handed). Spin the block 180 degrees and lay the ruler down on the exact same center and seam lines and trim the excess again. I have a small revolving cutting mat that makes spinning the blocks easy but I usually do my squaring at my regular cutting table and just pick them up and turn them manually.

    Now, if your problem is that your blocks are too small instead of too large; try re-pressing the seams first. If they're still too small--you'll need to block them instead of squaring them or add a sashing to each side and square to size. Blocking will only work if your block is less than 1/4" or so off. Any more than that and you'll pop seams trying to stretch it.

    Long story short--It depends on the block and what you are trying to do with it.

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    I have 2, a 6 1/2" and a 12 1/2" :D:D:D

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    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
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    I like the square rulers---they are so much easier than trying to move a straight one around. I have a 12 1/2", 6 1/2" and a 16 1/2" and love them all. My next purshase is going to be a 20 1/2"

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    I also use the 12 1/2 X 12 1/2 square up ruler. you can square up many sizes of blocks with it. Or even blocks that are not square. Easy to use. Wouldn't/couldn't quilt without it. :D

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    I use my 12.5 x 12.5. It works great for me.

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    I have a 6 1/2" and 15" square ruler.

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