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Thread: Squaring up?

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    Senior Member ai731's Avatar
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    What's the best way to "square up" my blocks before assembling the quilt top if I don't own a square template? All I have is a 6" x 24" quilting rular.

    Thanks very much for your help!
    Jan

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    Line it up with the grid on your cutting mat and use your ruler to follow the lines on the mat while cutting.

    Maria

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    Senior Member ai731's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Line it up with the grid on your cutting mat and use your ruler to follow the lines on the mat while cutting.

    Maria
    Aha! I forgot that my cutting mat has a grid, because I usually have it grid-side down so that the grid doesn't distract me when I'm measuring fabric :-)

    Thanks so much!
    Jan

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    Senior Member ai731's Avatar
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    ARRRRGH!

    I'm in Canada, so the grid on my cutting mat is Metric! It's a generic crafting cutting mat that I already had before I started quilting, you see.

    So much for that plan! Anyone else have any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Jan

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    I'm just full of no advice today. Like you, I've just always used my ruler or make the perfect size square of taped together papers (for printer). I guess that's sort of a temporary homemade template.

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    Would your husband/significant other happen to have a carpenter's square? He/she might let you borrow it for a few minutes. Just be sure to wipe it off, before using it.

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    Can't you still use the lines to line up your block and then use your ruler to cut and measure???

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    I have my own carpenter's square for the same reason. If you're going to make your own grid, use freezer paper, but if you can get your hands on a carpenter's square in inches, you're in fine shape.

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    you can make a square using cardboard and use it to square them up!

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    I just use my ruler and my cutting board. Just make sure each corner is 90 degrees and you'll be ok.

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