Squaring up your quilt blocks is the secret to getting accurate sized quilts, matching up seams and reducing overall frustration during the piecing process. Even though I love cutting corners, I really recommend squaring up your blocks. There are quite a few special rulers made just for this purpose; but what if this is your first quilt? This quick little tip will show you how to square up blocks without using special rulers.
We are going to use half square triangle (HST) blocks for our squaring up practice, but a similar method will work on other square blocks.
First, lets take a look at squaring up blocks with a square ruler. These blocks square up to 9.5 inches. To trim the first two sides do the check the following:
- First match up the seam on your block with the 45 degree line on your ruler
- Make sure there is a slight overhang at the 9.5 inch marks on the ruler.
- Make sure there is a slight overhang at the edge of the ruler.
- The diagonal seam is lined up with 45 degree line on the cutting mat.
- There is a slight over hang at the 0" lines and the 9.5 inch lines.
I hope this nudges you all toward taking the time to square up your blocks! I'll be showing you all the finished quilt later this month; so stay tuned. And don't forget to stop by on Friday for our next Handmade Confession. We'll be hosting the fabulous Vidya from What's Ur Home Story!