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Thread: Trimming blocks???

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    Super Member Shelbie's Avatar
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    I have two sets of vintage Monkey Wrench blocks that vary in size from 8 1/2" to 9 1/4". Should I trim all to 8 1/2" and risk chopping off points or should I just even them up a little, retaining all points and sew on a frame and then trim all blocks to the same size. These blocks were originally cut with scissors using cardboard templates and are just not square enough to proceed. Even though I have heavily starched them, some are still a little wonky but they are charming and special to me as they contain scraps from my childhood. Looking at them, I can see my 4-H blouse, mom`s apron and the curtains from the camper to name just a few. I plan to make two quilts, one for my sister and one to keep. As these quilts will always be special, I`d like to do the best that I can with them and I know these blocks need to end up the same size.

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    i would frame them and then trim to one size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i would frame them and then trim to one size.
    Ditto, you would be surprised how little a difference you really notice once the quilt is done. :-D

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    I would put a border around them and than pick a size that works and square them off. They sound special. What a great memory quilt.

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    I would also frame them & then square to one size.

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    I would do the same thing, it would drive me crazy to cut the points off.

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    Thank-you for your advice. I thought that the frame idea would be the most accurate but I wanted to make sure. Now I just have to decide whether to use the same fabric and colour for each frame or use a variety. I'll probably end up trying a few different possibilities and making the one for my sister quite different from mine. I'll try to get a picture posted when I finish. I do appreciate the advice and tips from the quilters on this board.

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    I would also put coping strips on them (frame) and then square them all to one size. You will have to put the coping strips at least 1 1/4" or more to get them all to have decent coping strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i would frame them and then trim to one size.
    Exactly what I would do also

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