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Thread: Easiest Way to Square Up a Quilt

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    Easiest Way to Square Up a Quilt

    I got my quilt back from the LAQ and now need to sew on binding. However, I need to square up my quilt a bit.

    What's the easiest way to square up a quilt?

    Thanks!
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    I went to the hardware store and bought a metal T-square. You can get really big ones in the lumberyard area, but I settled for one that is about 2'x3'. I think it was $12.

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    Agree with Prism99.

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    What a good idea. I will be "borrowing" my husband's.
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    I use my large square rulers and my cutting board underneath. I am intrigued by the new quilter's chalk line that uses the iron away powder. I am thinking of trying a regular carpenters chalk line with the white powder the next time I square up a quilt. Since I will be cutting along the snapped line it shouldn't matter if it is permanent or not because the binding will cover it.

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    I use my square ruler (matching up border seam lines) & cutting mat to square up each corner & then trim each side using my longer ruler & cutting mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean View Post
    I use my square ruler (matching up border seam lines) & cutting mat to square up each corner & then trim each side using my longer ruler & cutting mat.
    When I take my quilts to a different store that doesn't square them up for me, I do this very same thing. This is how my LQS owner squares up my quilts for me, too.
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    I use a T-square my husband gave me.
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    I use my 15" square ruler and the 6x24 long ruler. That gives me plenty of length to trim. I also move the cutting bord under the quilt rather than the quilt over the cutting bord.
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    Yes I use my husbands, T square and levels, and straight edges....work wonderful.....and multiple using all those expensive tools of his.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I use my large square rulers and my cutting board underneath. I am intrigued by the new quilter's chalk line that uses the iron away powder. I am thinking of trying a regular carpenters chalk line with the white powder the next time I square up a quilt. Since I will be cutting along the snapped line it shouldn't matter if it is permanent or not because the binding will cover it.
    Just be a little careful if you are using a regular carpenters chalk line as when you "snap it" the chalk tends to fly every where......and am not sure how 'washable' that chalk is for construction use......I would sure test first.....
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    My husband has three of those in the basement. Maybe one will find a new home in my sewing room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I went to the hardware store and bought a metal T-square. You can get really big ones in the lumberyard area, but I settled for one that is about 2'x3'. I think it was $12.
    Just be careful you have a large enough surface when you use it. The quilt can slip and slide underneath the T-square. You want to position the quilt corner as flat as possible before placing the T-square on top of it.

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    I will try a test before using Carpenter's white chalk on a quilt. I think if you carefully snap it that the chalk shouldn't fly further than what the binding will cover. I will post after I try it and tell everyone how it works but that won't be until September. I have my top ready but I still have to machine quilt it.

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    I should mention that it's also possible to use laser level squares from the hardware store to square up a quilt. Here is a tutorial on using them to block a quilt, but they could also be used to mark a quilt for cutting:
    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/q...hort-tutorial/

    It looks like a really neat method, and more accurate that just working on individual corners, but I don't have the space to try it out.

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    Thank you for asking this question. I was just sitting here at my desk wondering the same thing and thinking about posting on the board. You saved me from having to ask.
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    DH has many laser levels. He keeps getting them for Christmas from various relatives. LOL. I think I'll go get one and try it out.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6k1U6wAqz0 This is how I do mine. I'm afraid to use any ruler other than plastic in case you were to knick the blade of the rotary cuter.
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    I use my square floor tiles as a guide. I guess they must be straight and squared enough.

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    I should add that when I use the metal T-square, I don't like to use my rotary cutter. Instead, I mark the cutting lines using the T-square, then switch to my large plastic ruler and rotary cutter to actually cut on the lines. It's too easy to nick your rotary cutter blade on the metal.

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    Does anyone "block"? If there is a narrow border on the outer edge, won't trimming make the outer border look "wonky"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by liont View Post
    I use my square floor tiles as a guide. I guess they must be straight and squared enough.
    I have floor tiles too, but, how do you do this? I am intrigued. How do you cut? Do you match the ends of the cutting mat into a corner and then lay the quilt outside of this so as not to cut the floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I have floor tiles too, but, how do you do this? I am intrigued. How do you cut? Do you match the ends of the cutting mat into a corner and then lay the quilt outside of this so as not to cut the floor?
    I lay my quilt with a long edge aligned with the tiles. Slowly pull/nudge the quilt until the quilt corner meets tile corner. Then I cut using scissors using the tile groove as a guide. If I want to rotary cut, I slide my mat under the quilt, aligning the mat markings with the tiles. Then rotary cut.

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    I use a T square and my 6x24 ruler

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    I "eyeball" the quilt and find the narrowest point and using a straight edge, I "square" with the narrowest point on the edge. I do this with each edge of the quilt and "voila" - the quilt is square and ready to bind. I go one more step and machine stitch all the layers together with a scant 1/4 inch seam prior to attaching the binding.

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