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Square then quilt, or quilt then square?

Old 09-12-2012, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
Yup, me too. I square each block as I go so they fit together easily. I square the top before I quilt it so I don't quilt in any 'skewedness'. And I square it after quilting because quilting can change the shape and size slightly and also to insure that my binding is as full and even as it can possibly be. Can't be sure enough that every step is square as far as I'm concerned.
Face it .......... sometimes it's good to be SQUARE!
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
Yup, me too. I square each block as I go so they fit together easily. I square the top before I quilt it so I don't quilt in any 'skewedness'. And I square it after quilting because quilting can change the shape and size slightly and also to insure that my binding is as full and even as it can possibly be. Can't be sure enough that every step is square as far as I'm concerned.
This is what I do as well. A little extra time making it square seems to work for me.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:21 AM
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OOPS..never square mine, whatever that means!!
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:58 AM
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I square every block as I go - sometimes while the block is in progress like a Log Cabin, then my quilts are square and they stay that way.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:16 AM
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I used to square and then quilt but that was when I was limited to SID. Now that I moved into FMQ, I saw on one of the videos that denser quilting can distort the edge and it is recommended to square after quilting.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:35 AM
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I make sure the blocks are square. Measure my quilts through the center for borders by laying the border strip ontop of quilt and gently smoothing out cut borders to that size. When I fold the finished quilt the corners match up.
Short answer is I do not square up. I'm sure someone will be along to say I don't do it right. It works for me.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:14 AM
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I free motion quilt on my Juki and before sandwiching check the top that it is basically squared, then I quilt and then I square it up before binding. I usually isn't off very much at all, but there have been a vew times that I had an inch or so that had to be trimmed. I think that was when I was working with lots of biases.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:25 AM
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I square my quilt when sewing on borders and again when I get back from LAr (I also add about 1/2 " into the width of the last border to allow for squaring). I think that's the difference for most who do their own quilting and those that send it out. I want to be sure it's squared for the LAr and if I was doing the LAing myself I would already know and wouldn't square it until its quilted.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:50 AM
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I quilt, then square. This way all blocks are even before attaching them to each other.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
I do a little bit of both. I have to put a caveat here. I am not sure I am doing it right in the first place so I will be watching this thread for more info. Thank you for posting the question.
This is how I do it since I'm so new to quilting. I still have a little "wiggle room" when I'm finished quilting, so I'm doing pretty good so far.........
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