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Do you square up panels before adding borders, etc?

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This is my first panel and I am not sure if I should square it up before I add borders to it or not. My gut feeling tells me I should but then I also am not sure just how to do this either...any suggestions?

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The first and only time I used a panel, they were so crooked that I added the border larger than I needed and then squared the whole thing - Hope this makes sense.

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That makes perfect sense...thanks so very much. :-)
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Caryl replied on Wed, Jan 2 2013 4:54 PM

Regarding panels:  I do a heavy spritz and let them dry without stretching.  I then press them (not so much iron...) then I measure and assess the panel.  Did it straighten on it's own?  Sometimes it the way that it was on the bolt or hanging in the store.  If it is off a little, a border sometimes is all it needs, othertimes I try to find a place that is straight and work from there.  I have had a few that I just cut up and made a different sort of quilt.

Good luck!

Caryl in Buda, TX

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Joyce replied on Wed, Jan 2 2013 4:55 PM

I've never been sure how to square up a quilt.  I put it together then fold it over and trim off the places that aren't even.  I had a quilting friend that always did that for me and she passed away this past fall.  So I could use instruction on squaring up also.

Joyce

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