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Thread: squaring blocks-where to start?

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    I learned a lot in my first quilt class years ago, but now I want to take steps toward improving. One thing I never learned is how to square up a block. It seems like all the books just tell you to "square up your blocks", and assume you know how. I kind of get it, but I just don't know where to begin the process. Do I find the center of the block and go from there? Pick an edge that looks straight and work from there?
    New here, so forgive me if this has been answered many times before.

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    You want to start from the center and have all your edges even from the center. Did that make sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarge1
    I learned a lot in my first quilt class years ago, but now I want to take steps toward improving. One thing I never learned is how to square up a block. It seems like all the books just tell you to "square up your blocks", and assume you know how. I kind of get it, but I just don't know where to begin the process. Do I find the center of the block and go from there? Pick an edge that looks straight and work from there?
    New here, so forgive me if this has been answered many times before.
    Here is the way to do this you get a ruler with the 45 degree line on it. you line up the center of the block with the line

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    Line up the center of the square. checking the rights side and the top line up the edges top and side . The check the other side before you cut. Mearsure twice cut once

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    I have 4 1/2 inch, 6 1/2 inch, 12 1/2 inch and 15 1/2 inch square rulers. I usually use them to place on top of the block and trim around the edge.

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    What if the block doesn't have a true center, like say a Sunbonnet Sue ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    What if the block doesn't have a true center, like say a Sunbonnet Sue ?
    I use my square rulers and put them on top of the block, center the applique (or whatever) and trim around the outside.

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    Then you pick what you want to be the center. Usually you can pick the part of the doll that you think is the center and leave blank space all around. I use block rulers also. Center you picture and trim to size. Lots of blocks are 12 1/2 inches so a ruler that size is very useful.

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    This might be helpful

    http://www.quiltuniversity.com/squaring_up.htm

    You can google the topic "squaring quilt blocks" and see what else might come up

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    I put a little red dot on my sq ruler to find the center easily. Then I slice around the block.

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    Great question and great answers. I learned a lot, thanks.

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    watch out if you have points in the block. You dont want to cut off your points. Be sure and have 1/4 in seam allowance past your points.

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    Measure ALL of your squares first. Take the smallest/shortest one and place your ruler on top. Make sure your block is laying flat and smooth. Line up the 45* line from corner to opposite corner. Middle of this line laying dead center on block. Trim away fabric outside of ruler edge with your rotary cutter. Turn block clockwise, do all over again until all sides are done. From the smallest one now you can trim the rest. However, if you have points that may be trimmed away, that is a whole 'nuther story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martha jo
    Then you pick what you want to be the center. Usually you can pick the part of the doll that you think is the center and leave blank space all around. I use block rulers also. Center you picture and trim to size. Lots of blocks are 12 1/2 inches so a ruler that size is very useful.
    hi martha,i'mwondering if i canfold the block infourths,mark the center,then line up my 45 degree mrkings& cut off whatever lines up? [clear as mud,right?] good grief,i wish i could use this#&^& machine so people could at least understand what i wastrying to get across!

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