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Thread: panel out of square

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    I bought a panel- when I cut the main panel out, it is not square.Top and bottom are OK. Sides are off by 1/2" and 3/4". I've taken a picture of the complimentary fabrics I bought.

    Can you help me figure out how to disguise the issue and help me with some borders and how to accent this. I have the pieces I cut off the top and bottom to use for the last corner blocks.

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    i can't help you with the final panel..but i have found they are mostly all that way! i don't buy them much anymore.

    and i certainly don't prewash them!

    it sure is beautiful!

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    I would cut it down to the gold and add the borders there. Does that help to square it up some?

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    oh wait..take black, it is black/Blue on the outside right?
    and make the sashing for it..
    Then measure from the gold and square it up from there maybe?

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    i more pic.
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    Have you pulled it on the diagonal? Used spray starch and steam?
    After those two things, pin it to you mat in the correct size (lots of pins) and spray it again. Be patient while it dries.

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    it's blue and gold. I just cut it this way when I realized it was out of square. The top and bottom are cut 1/4" for a seam allowance.

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    Most panels aren't very square. I just eye ball them to make them look right. My quilts don't turn out square either, but I made them for kids and I didn't think that the kids would be checking to see if I made them perfect or not... :-D

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    I think you need to fold them to find the center and square from the center out. Fons and Porter addressed this issue in their show on PBS just this morning.

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    yep, I'd trim it down to give myself just enough room to seam it right up to the gold... then do the sashings from there.. Love the panel and ur assorted compliental fabrics!!
    I rarely truely square anything... I eyeball it and "it's close enough"!... I"m so bad.... tsktsktsk.. I think I should be sent to my rooom ( sewing room, that is) to think about my bad behavoir of not really measureing and squareing.... .. hehehehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    yep, I'd trim it down to give myself just enough room to seam it right up to the gold... then do the sashings from there.. Love the panel and ur assorted compliental fabrics!!
    I rarely truely square anything... I eyeball it and "it's close enough"!... I"m so bad.... tsktsktsk.. I think I should be sent to my rooom ( sewing room, that is) to think about my bad behavoir of not really measureing and squareing.... .. hehehehehe
    funny! i am not bothered by quilts being squared up either..but with panels, your starting out unsquared! lol! at least i start out with squared up blocks..how they end up uneven..is the washer or dryers fault..not mine..oh no..not me! ROFL!

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    It's a beautiful panel. If you are going to put several "borders" on this then spread the extra needed to square it over them all. Don't try to do it with just one border. The wider the "border" the more you can be off true and not notice so add more of the extra in the wider areas and less in the narrower ones.

    For what it is worth that is what I think I would do.

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    first, I have started with wetting it pretty good and pinned it to the cutting mat to try to square it up. It seems to give pretty good. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    I have pinned mine down (or tape them down) squared and sprayed with spray starch. Let it dry and they will block up nicely. Check out this site. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIjZqABo2NY&NR=1

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    That's a beautiful panel.

    I had a similar problem recently. I just pretended like it was correct and cut a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around it and I sewed on borders that it wouldn't be obvious. You could make some wonky stars and use different block sizes of the angels and put them inbetween the wonky stars.

    Don't stress, only in a quilt show will they take a tape measure to the quilts. And after it's washed, no one will be able to tell anyway.

    If it was me and that was my panel, I would just use that striped fabric and make a mitered border around it like a frame and make it a wall hanging. It's an absolutely gorgeous panel.

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    Can you trim the blue (or black - what ever it is... LOL) back so it is 1/4" all the way around? Then when you sew on the borders, only the gold will show. It is a really pretty panel though.
    I also bought panels and found them to be off too. No amount of starching and stretching when I ironed helped, so I just did the best I could and when it was done, it didn't really show that much. Good luck!

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    You can do one of two things: 1: trim a graduation so it isn't so noticable, meaning ie: go from 3/16" at the top to 1/4" on the bottom. 2: when you do your 1st border strip, do the same thing but in reverse, have the smaller width at the top and the wider at the bottom. Clear as mud right? I hope this helps. When I first started quilting, baby panels were the rage and none of them were straight...this worked quite nicely.

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    you should be able to press it into shape. damp it down and stretch it as you iron it dry. just be careful you don't stretch it to far and end up with it being out the other way. I have staightened many things this way.

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    Get a large piece of styrofoam, cardboard or you can put towels on your bed. Wet the panel and pin it square until it dries. Panels are seldom ever square so you have to either compensate (which doesn't work well and is frustrating) or block them the same way you would block knitted or crocheted items. Personally I use my design board because I know it's square and I can use pins on it easily. Depending on what you square it up on you can use your iron or a hair dryer to help it dry quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Have you pulled it on the diagonal? Used spray starch and steam?
    After those two things, pin it to you mat in the correct size (lots of pins) and spray it again. Be patient while it dries.
    My suggestion also. Usually works.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3RIWhBvcA I know this is applique, but it will work on a panel too.

    Your fabrics are gorgeous!!!! Good luck!

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    I used this panel 3 different ways! One I trimmed it down to the gold and then put a border around it and made a small wall hanging. The second one I added three borders and used the blocks in the corners. On the third I trimmed it down to the gold, added a 1-1/2 inch border of the blue fabric that goes with the panel. Then I used the blocks from the panel and separated them with the darker blue fabric and made a backwards "L" (so you just have a block border on the right and bottom of the panel), added two more borders using the striped fabric and the dove fabric that go with the panel and was done. Made a small lap quilt and gave to my sister-in-law!

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    I had one like that and measured it thru the center, cut my pieces to that, and eased in what needed to be eased. came out perfect.

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    Every panel I have ever used is out of square - I don't like using them for that reason - Luckily I have been able to cut them out and sash them to work

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    Trim 1/4 inch from the edge of the gold. When you add the first border, make it about 1/2 inch larger than you actually want. Put the panel fabric on top as you sew and sew exactly on the outside line of the gold. That will get you a straight border. The Navy blue around the panel is just for seam allowance.

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