Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Ruler for Squaring Blocks >

Ruler for Squaring Blocks

Ruler for Squaring Blocks

Old 08-18-2010, 06:03 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Posts: 98
Default

Hi there all - I have finished the blocks for my first quilt and need to "square" them

I was wondering what rulers people use,........which ones come with good visual instructions and are there any tutorials on how to "square a block"

Appreciate your thoughts...........

Judy
JudyNH is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 06:05 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
donnajean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Holland, PA
Posts: 4,157
Default

I use mostly my 12 x 12 1/2" square ruller. I think the grids on the ruler are pretty self explanatory. If your block must be sized down, make sure you do it equally on allsides.
donnajean is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 06:21 AM
  #3  
Power Poster
 
sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 17,068
Default

My favorite ruler of all time is my 15 inch omnigrid. I swear I may wear it out someday!! Donna Jean is correct about all sides.
sueisallaboutquilts is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 06:27 AM
  #4  
Super Member
 
BKrenning's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lake Wales, FL, USA
Posts: 1,554
Default

I also mostly use my 12.5" square ruler for squaring up unless it's a small block--then I use my 6.5" square.

Find whatever is supposed to be the center and lay your ruler down so that one of the measurement marks is on a seam line if possible and the center is dead on where you want it then trim anything that hangs over on your right and top (left and top if you're left handed). Spin the block 180 degrees and lay the ruler down on the exact same center and seam lines and trim the excess again. I have a small revolving cutting mat that makes spinning the blocks easy but I usually do my squaring at my regular cutting table and just pick them up and turn them manually.

Now, if your problem is that your blocks are too small instead of too large; try re-pressing the seams first. If they're still too small--you'll need to block them instead of squaring them or add a sashing to each side and square to size. Blocking will only work if your block is less than 1/4" or so off. Any more than that and you'll pop seams trying to stretch it.

Long story short--It depends on the block and what you are trying to do with it.
BKrenning is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 06:33 AM
  #5  
Power Poster
 
amma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Out searching for some sunshine :-)
Posts: 58,857
Default

I have 2, a 6 1/2" and a 12 1/2" :D:D:D
amma is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 06:34 AM
  #6  
Super Member
 
raptureready's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Illinois
Posts: 5,142
Default

I like the square rulers---they are so much easier than trying to move a straight one around. I have a 12 1/2", 6 1/2" and a 16 1/2" and love them all. My next purshase is going to be a 20 1/2"
raptureready is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 07:51 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 959
Default

I also use the 12 1/2 X 12 1/2 square up ruler. you can square up many sizes of blocks with it. Or even blocks that are not square. Easy to use. Wouldn't/couldn't quilt without it. :D
pieces is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 08:39 AM
  #8  
Power Poster
 
littlehud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SW Iowa
Posts: 32,856
Default

I use my 12.5 x 12.5. It works great for me.
littlehud is offline  
Old 08-18-2010, 06:43 PM
  #9  
Super Member
 
quilter2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 2,230
Default

I have a 6 1/2" and 15" square ruler.
quilter2 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
tropit
Main
18
03-22-2015 06:25 PM
borntoquilt
Main
4
09-10-2008 01:56 PM
cassiemae
Main
10
09-04-2008 06:23 PM
Barb V
Main
6
04-25-2007 06:18 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.