I am working on a secret sewing project that I absolutely cannot wait to share with you. Unfortunately for me (because keeping secrets is hard!), I have to wait 4 months to reveal it. And in the short term while I work on meeting the deadline, I am a bit less able to keep going with blog posts.
Then again, I have a whole grouping of ideas that have cropped up, so I hope to carve out time to write posts like this one while I am busy offline. Basically, I thought I would show you another reason I think carpenter’s squares are awesome quilting tools.
Above are the basic tools that I use to square a quilt. I have a smaller cutting mat that I take on travel (which is rare) and basically only use to trim square my quilts because: the batting. My goodness, does batting stick to a mat. Having a dedicated mat to trim my quilts on has been a huge plus. I also have a larger carpenter’s square (2 feet on the longest side) that I will use on occasion as well.
So the image above is really the summation of how I work. I start at a corner and using the square, take my first pass at getting the corner square. Then I move the mat under the quilt, keeping the newly cut line on a grid. I do not slide the carpenter’s square all the way to where I stopped the last cut; instead I offset it down about 2 inches and make sure the carpenter’s square inner edge is aligned with the straight edge of the quilt and perpendicularly aligned with another grid on the mat. Trim, repeat.
Typically I take a conservative first pass around the quilt and then measure the quilt width at the top, middle, and bottom. I then measure the quilt length on the right, middle, and left. Then I pull out the larger carpenter’s square, lay on the floor to eyeball a line, and slowly adjust until I get the quilt measurements to all agree. Sometime that is fast… and yesterday I took a tiny bit off at a time and it took an hour to square the quilt.
Do you have any great tips on how you square your quilts?
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