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Thread: Squaring up a block

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    Super Member MommaDorian's Avatar
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    Do you square up a block as you go? For example, if you're making a Log Cabin. When you're working around the square do you make it square after each piece, if you see you're a bit off? Or do you wait until the whole block is finished?

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    I would say that if it's the 1st block, I would keep checking to see that my 1/4" seams were accurate. After that, I would think you would not have to square up a block.

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    Depends on my mood. If I see I'm really off after a couple of rounds I check out my seam allowances. Usually I square after the block is done.

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    I usually square up my finished blocks.

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    The log cabin can get a little wonky. I use a wider strip for the outside on all 4 sides. then trim to perfection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301
    The log cabin can get a little wonky. I use a wider strip for the outside on all 4 sides. then trim to perfection.
    That is a very good and simple idea! Thanks for that.

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    I square as I go so I don't miss it later.

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    Square up after done, usually check all blocks & adjust to the mean average size, if needed.

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    I square up after the first couple of rounds, cut the final strips a little wider and trim after the block is done.

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    Yes, I square on every round.

    http://quiltingcorgis.blogspot.com/2...log-cabin.html

    It may be hard to see on my Dr. Seuss log cabin - but the fox in socks block is slightly wonky because I screwed up the trimming.

    The place I noticed this most was when I started piecing the blocks together and discovered that my outer logs were slightly different widths so that they didn't line up correctly - all of the blocks are the same measurement, but I missed something along the way.

    Cheers, K

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    I square up the block as I go. Squaring up each pieced section before it is added to the block. With the log cabin it should be squared up after each round of logs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301
    The log cabin can get a little wonky. I use a wider strip for the outside on all 4 sides. then trim to perfection.
    I used this method when I was teaching 6 new quilters to make blocks for a charity raffle quilt-worked great and the quilt looked great. All but one of the group continued to quilt.

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    I square up when all of the blocks are done. Usually, I test the first block.

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