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Thread: Squaring Up Quilt Blocks

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    Squaring Up Quilt Blocks

    Squaring Up Quilt Blocks (Even If You Know How)

    I am working on a new quilt and have gotten to the "squaring up" stage. This is a good block to demonstrate a few tips on. It will be trimmed to 11 1/2", sewn to 11" with a 1/4" seam allowance.

    Tip #1:

    Using painters tape, tape the corner and edges of your block size on your square ruler. I am using a 15" ruler and it has many, many lines. Taping off the size allows me to line up my block at a quick glance. Painters tape can easily be removed from your ruler without leaving residue.


    Tip #2:

    Turn your block to the diagonal before lining up your ruler.

    On a block such as this Tavern Puzzle, it is important to line up the diagonal ruler line as well as the corners. Place the diagonal line on your block first, then line up the corners.

    Turning your block to the diagonal position now allows you to cut 2 sides of the block at once. Trim.


    Tip #3:

    After your first side is cut, flip the block and simply line up the cut edges of your block to the green tape marks. This is so efficient. Now trim the remaining 2 sides of your block in one motion.
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    Thank you good idea...it is easy to get just an eighth off when trimming several blocks at a time... Guess how I know.

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    Thanks for this tutorial!!

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    I bought some of these large square rulers when working on T-shirt quilt for my granddaughter and I have found them to be very useful in making bags and place mats...I have a 15" square and a 10.5" square and use them constantly for squaring up exactly the way you have shown...thanks for the info....I appreciate all the help the QB people have given me

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    Good layout but remember that this won't work on all pieced blocks. I have a method of even over-sizing my 9 patch blocks. Over-sizing might be frown upon by some quilters, but it allows one to make any readjustment in the seams to make the block perfect before trimming.
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    Thank you so much. I like it done this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    Good layout but remember that this won't work on all pieced blocks. I have a method of even over-sizing my 9 patch blocks. Over-sizing might be frown upon by some quilters, but it allows one to make any readjustment in the seams to make the block perfect before trimming.
    Please expand on your over-sizing method as this can be helpful in some situations.
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    I know this is a dumb question but do you mean the diagonal line on your mat? I always have problems squaring up and appreciate your method which I will try next time.

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    thanks for taking the time to post the tut
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberta View Post
    I know this is a dumb question but do you mean the diagonal line on your mat? I always have problems squaring up and appreciate your method which I will try next time.
    I am referring to the diagonal line on your ruler. On many rulers this line will have 45 degrees marked on it. Always trim your blocks with the ruler measurements, not the mat measurements, for accuracy.
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    I'm a little confused. Looking at the picture, it looks like the finished square is off center. The center of the pieces is no longer in the center of the block. Did I miss something?

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    Great tut. Thanks for sharing it!
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    Thanks for the tut, I too use the big square but never thought to use the tape, great idea!! Thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeverlyD View Post
    I'm a little confused. Looking at the picture, it looks like the finished square is off center. The center of the pieces is no longer in the center of the block. Did I miss something?
    Hi there, I have looked at the photo again and it is definitely centered. Because the finished block is 11 1/2" the center of it is on intersecting 1/4" lines, which is distracting. This is the very reason that I like to use the tape. I had to find a way to reduce the margin of error after miscutting blocks here and there Thank you very much for your helpful question.
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    I don't have too much trouble with blocks that don't have a 'center', but the trimming is important on the one in your example and this is very helful. Thanks!!
    Pat

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    I appreciate your post, helps a lot..................calla

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    OK now I see it. That 1/4" got in the way. Thanks so much

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    Thanks for sharing...

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