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How To Square Up A Quilt

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you are relaxing with family, maybe drinking a hot cup of peppermint cocoa instead of reading about quilting techniques on this Christmas Eve… or maybe your family likes quilting techniques too ;) Once the holidays are over, and we all set out to make our New Year's resolutions, no doubt finishing some unfinished projects will be on the list for the new year.

I thought I would show you my foolproof (and super quick) way to square up a quilt before binding. You will want to have your quilt fully quilted before doing this part.

I use these two rulers: one is a 10.5” square (but you could use a bigger one) and the other is a 6” x 24” regular ruler (any similar sized ruler will work).

Make sure your quilt is quilted all the way to the edge so the borders aren’t flapping or “lettuce leafing”. Lay the quilt out on a table or the floor, and put your cutting mat under one corner.

Take the large square ruler and lay it down right on the corner making sure the edges line up with the edges of the quilt and the corner nestles nicely into place.

Trim both edges as far as the ruler goes in either direction.

Notice that the corner of the batting pokes out a little where the quilt wasn’t quite square before, this is okay, the binding will cover these minor imperfections.

Once you have squared up all four corners, you can pull the length of the quilt down on the mat and trim between the corners aiming from one cut edge to the other like dot to dot.

Using the 6” x 24” ruler, for this step, line-up its edge with the edge of the quilt and trim moving the ruler down the quilt aiming for the trim line at the other corner.

And when you’re done, you will have a perfectly square quilt just like that! Easy peasy :)

Merry Christmas! May you be blessed with all the joy of the season!


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