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Thread: squaring up with freezer paper?

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    Senior Member hokieappmom's Avatar
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    squaring up with freezer paper?

    Has anyone ever cut freezer paper to the size squares should be and iron the squares to the freezer paper? I've read about starching and pressing (not ironing), but am curious about freezer paper. Thanks.

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    I have not heard of this, but it seems like an excellent way to prevent stretching. Freezer paper can be used more than once too, so it's not an expensive method. I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks for the idea!
    Betsy in MA

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    This sounds like something ti try out,thank you.

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    Generally the best way to square up a block involves using the interior seam lines of the block and a ruler. http://www.quiltuniversity.com/squaring_up.htm It's not as simple as plopping a square down on top of it and slicing the edges off. I don't see how pressing a piece of freezer paper to a finished block would result in accurately squaring it up at all and would just add extra steps and greater chance for error imho.
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    This may be worth a try for simple blocks , Thanks for the idea!

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    I haven't tried this but I would think it would not work for a pieced block. Also if your doing it just to cut a block square wouldn't it distort the fabric when you pull the freezer paper off? Some fabric will distort because you've restricted it with the freezer paper and if you've cut it on the bias it's really going to go wonky.
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    I haven't heard of squaring it up with freezer paper, and I would also be leery of distorting the block when I pulled off the freezer paper. But I HAVE heard of using freezer paper to help you determine where the edges of the block should be, if your block ends up being short or skewed. It helps you sew the correct seam allowance so your blocks are aligned.

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    Have not heard of this before. Sounds like something I will try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I haven't tried this but I would think it would not work for a pieced block. Also if your doing it just to cut a block square wouldn't it distort the fabric when you pull the freezer paper off? Some fabric will distort because you've restricted it with the freezer paper and if you've cut it on the bias it's really going to go wonky.
    these are good points. thanks for presenting another point of view
    Nancy in western NY

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    Thank you ghostrider for the link on "squaring up our quilt" - this has always been a big problem for me -- knowing how to do it. that video by the quilt university was great.

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