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Thread: Just how do you do it? Square the quilts up I mean.

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    Just how do you do it? Square the quilts up I mean.

    Is there a trick to this? I squared up a quilt tonite. Oh my gosh, I thought I was a dork! I squared it up so many times, I am sure I lost inches, ok, the quilt did not me!! I use a L to square mine up but tonite I think my L was crooked. How do you do it? Any tips? I can't be the only one wondering this I am sure! Thanks in advance.

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    I haven't done it this way myself (yet), but using a laser square from the hardware store looks like an accurate way to do it. Here is a link:
    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/q...hort-tutorial/
    I know it's for blocking a quilt, but it would work for squaring a quilt also.

    For me, squaring a quilt sandwich by cutting has always been a bust. What I do instead is use a Sharpie black marker to mark the corners. That way, if I need to make adjustments, there is less squirming around of the quilt sandwich while I am working.

    Unlike most people, I do not cut the edges before sewing on the binding. Instead, I use the Sharpie line as as virtual edge, lining up the cut edges of my binding strip with the Sharpie line. Only after the binding is sewn on do I finally cut the quilt edges to size. (My only caution about this is to be *very* careful at the corners; you do not want to nick the binding.) Doing it this way seems to keep my edges from stretching, and I also don't have to worry about a fabric edge folding under.
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    Here's an excellent video on how to square up a quilt. (No affiliation). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYAO...eature=related

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    The youtube video is good but I'm having trouble even being square on the inner borders. Must improve. Love the laser thingy. Think it would just depress me if I used one as I'm so wonky.
    Annie

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    Off topic, but what accent does this woman have? It sounds unusual to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Here's an excellent video on how to square up a quilt. (No affiliation).


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYAO...eature=related
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    Great idea. I hope I can remember that for the next time I'm finishing a quilt.

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    I think the most important thing is to square up the blocks as you sew. If I'm working on say a 12" finished block I square that up to 12 1/2" before adding it to another block or sashing. Once all blocks are sewn together I will take 3 measurements each way (middle, each side) (horizonal, vertical) to ensure they are correct before adding the first border. If your blocks are coming up SHORT, I fudge that with the sashing or the next block ( of course making sure the next block is correct first).
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Here's an excellent video on how to square up a quilt. (No affiliation).


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeYAO...eature=related
    I found this same youtube video and it took all the problems away for me. It really is a great way to square a quilt and I've used it on my last several quilts and it works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I think the most important thing is to square up the blocks as you sew. If I'm working on say a 12" finished block I square that up to 12 1/2" before adding it to another block or sashing. Once all blocks are sewn together I will take 3 measurements each way (middle, each side) (horizonal, vertical) to ensure they are correct before adding the first border. If your blocks are coming up SHORT, I fudge that with the sashing or the next block ( of course making sure the next block is correct first).
    I do it this way too. It pulls everything together as you go. It sure has made a difference for me since I've been doing it this way.

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    Thanks for posting this. I've learned a few things. Now can't wait to implement them. The video was great.

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    I just watched the video......I think it's really good! I never knew how to do this. I just cut!

    My question is what do you use when there isn't an inside border?

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    No one minded to identify that accent for me? I love regional variations in language and speech and would like to know.

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    It definitely helps to keep things lined up as one goes.

    Trying to fix a lot of wonkiness when the top is "finished" is almost futile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieH View Post
    The youtube video is good but I'm having trouble even being square on the inner borders. Must improve. Love the laser thingy. Think it would just depress me if I used one as I'm so wonky.
    Annie
    When you attach inner borders do you measure your quilt's length and width at the center of the quilt, then cut your borders to these dimensions? Example: Measure length of quilt in the center of the quilt, not at the edge. Cut side borders to this measurement. Attach and ease in any fullness. Once attached then measure your quilt's width for top and bottom. Again measure at the center of your quilt, cut your top and bottom to this measurement and attach, once more easing in any fullness. This should square up your quilt. You can now measure top and bottom it should be the same measurement. Same with left and right sides. Your corners should be nice and square as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie View Post
    No one minded to identify that accent for me? I love regional variations in language and speech and would like to know.
    I noticed this too! I went to the website Overallquilter.com and the company is located in South Carolina.
    Last edited by Arleners; 02-02-2012 at 04:26 AM. Reason: made a mistake
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    Squaring up begins as soon as you sew two pieces of a block together. Everytime another piece is added, the section is squared. When the entire block is pieced, the block is squared again. After adding sashing or borders, I stay stitch around the quilt top, so the fabric doesn't stretch when handling, and adding other blocks, sashing, etc.
    By squaring up as you piece the quilt top, it will be square when the top is finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888 View Post
    I think the most important thing is to square up the blocks as you sew. If I'm working on say a 12" finished block I square that up to 12 1/2" before adding it to another block or sashing. Once all blocks are sewn together I will take 3 measurements each way (middle, each side) (horizonal, vertical) to ensure they are correct before adding the first border. If your blocks are coming up SHORT, I fudge that with the sashing or the next block ( of course making sure the next block is correct first).
    Ditto! Every smidgeon that is off adds up in the end. I have learned to sew small bits then measure and trim. More work along the way but better results in the end. Haven't tried blocking yet.
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    Thanks for the question. No matter what classes I have taken, we never seem to get to that point...squaring the quilt.
    I know I should check each block but just want to keep sewing. Obviously I'll have to mend my ways. Also Will watch the video and get some pointers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    When you attach inner borders do you measure your quilt's length and width at the center of the quilt, then cut your borders to these dimensions? Example: Measure length of quilt in the center of the quilt, not at the edge. Cut side borders to this measurement. Attach and ease in any fullness. Once attached then measure your quilt's width for top and bottom. Again measure at the center of your quilt, cut your top and bottom to this measurement and attach, once more easing in any fullness. This should square up your quilt. You can now measure top and bottom it should be the same measurement. Same with left and right sides. Your corners should be nice and square as well.
    I have never had any luck with the "easing" of fabric. I put the longer side on the bottom and no matter how I try, I either get a pucker or am too short . And I'm not talking about a lot of fabric-maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch at most.
    Any suggestions?

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    this is the one i use. it never fails. and it pays to by the laser leveler.

    http://chubbymother.blogspot.com/200...ing-quilt.html
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    thanks for posting. i always learn new tips from youtube videos.

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    Thanks for posing the questions. I like the video, but still would like to know what you should use as a guide when you have a quilt that doesn't have a boarder edge to use. Any one done that?
    Lisa

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    Quote Originally Posted by indymta View Post
    I have never had any luck with the "easing" of fabric. I put the longer side on the bottom and no matter how I try, I either get a pucker or am too short . And I'm not talking about a lot of fabric-maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch at most.
    Any suggestions?
    Do you pin first? Match centers first, then edges, then quarters, etc.

    If you are getting a pucker in the bottom layer or else coming up short in the top layer, you can also try pulling slightly on the top layer when feeding the fabric.

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    Thanks for the video. It was great! I put it in my favorites for future reference.

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    Great video! Thanks for sharing it.

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