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    Block question

    I am taking a class now and according to the directions in the book, it says the finished block is 10 3/4, but the instructor then told us that we had to trim the block down to 11 1/4. Have I been doing it wrong all along, I always thought the size of the finished block meant it was the size before they were sewn together
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    The 11 1/4 is the size of the block before it is sewn into the quilt. The 10 3/4 is the size of the block when the quilt is finished.

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    A block is not finished until it's sewn into a quilt top.

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    Finished block means the size when attached to the quilt, so if you take any finished quilt and measure a block on it, that is what is considered the finished size.

    All you need to do is add 1/2 in to the measurement to get the unfinished size.

    Hugs! or you can do like I do, and just wing it the size on the patterns is always an "aim for" to me....most times I am 1/8-1/2 in shorter. No worries though, just add sashing or bigger borders and all comes out. Unlike clothing, which is why I quilt and dont make clothes.

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    I always thought the finished size was after it was sewn together
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    she is right. when it's sewn into the quilt you then have the "finished" size.
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    The finished size is when it's finished. All sewn into the quilt. I'm not sure if there is a specific term for when your patchwork block is all sewn together , but not joined into the top.
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    Most all patterns give the finished and unfinished size of the block. A 12" finished block will be 12 1/2" unfinished. 10 3/4" finished is very odd size for a quilt block.
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    Unfinished size is before it is sewn together with the other blocks. Finished size is what you have when it is sewn to the other blocks.
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    Ask the instructor!

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    "Hugs! or you can do like I do, and just wing it the size on the patterns is always an "aim for" to me....most times I am 1/8-1/2 in shorter. No worries though, just add sashing or bigger borders and all comes out."

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    thanks everyone for your imput, I am now a more informed quilter
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