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Old 07-26-2013, 02:31 PM
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once you have finish piecing and quilting a quilt do you trim off the extra batting/backing prior to squaring up the quilt or do you square it up with the extra batting/backing still attached? and if someone can give examples or show me how its done that would help me so much. A fairly new quilter of 2 yrs and learning so much from this board. Thanks for all your help.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:49 PM
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I trim my back and batt about 1/4 inch past the quilt edge. Depending on the size, I will use my table or the floor to spread out my quilt full size. I then use my large squares and rulers to square up the sandwich. I put a large square on the top corner making sure I will not be cutting off any fabric needed for a 1/4 inch seam when I attach the binding. I place my other large square at the bottom corner. I then line up my long clear rulers to connect the 2 squares. If everything looks good, I draw a cutting line with my Frixion or chalk pen. I do all 4 sides this way and then bring my quilt to my cutting table to rotary cut on the drawn lines.
Everyone has their own method for squaring up their quilts, this is just how I do it.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:01 PM
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Tartan, your method sounds great. I was trying to line up the rulers and cut it then shift the next few feet of quit on the cutting mat and cut that, etc.
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Old 07-26-2013, 03:06 PM
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I like the sound of Tartan's method too! Will have to give it a try next time.
Thanks for sharing.
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he, he. I tend to use my 24 inch ruler and move it along and cut. on my cutting table. sometimes I have marked but not often.
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:00 PM
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Any chances on some pics Tartan?
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:07 PM
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I sew the binding on and then trim everything just in case.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:21 PM
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I square my quilts similar to Tartan. But I just do it on the cutting mat. I have a large mat so it makes it easy. I use a 12 1/2" square to do the corners and use my 4" x 36" ruler to connect the space between the corners. Hope this description helps.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:39 PM
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Again Tartan your way sounds wonderful!!!!!
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:40 PM
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I lay my quilts on the floor, place a cutting mat underneath, and square up each corner. Then I take my long ruler and meet the corners.
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