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Susie Posted: Mon, Apr 7 2014 9:43 AM

I learned a new technique for squaring up blocks.  It's not perfect, but is much easier and just about as accurate.

Instead of using a square and cutting all four sides around, do this.

Take a long ruler, and match the two corners on one side.  Trim off just the overhang.  If there is a huge underhang, slide the ruler in just a tad to get a clean cut. 

The idea is to try to NOT change the final size of the block, but cut off the excess on the pieces in the middle of the sides.  Then, when you stitch the blocks together, it's easier to match the two corners.

I tried it on a bunch of blocks and had great results.

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Marie replied on Mon, Apr 7 2014 10:10 AM

Sounds good, Susie, I'll try it.  Thanks.

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I'm game to try this... anything to make it easier! Thanks, Susie.

 

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Great tip!  Thanks! Love easy!

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Thanks for the tip; this is something I can use! 

 

Susie:

I learned a new technique for squaring up blocks.  It's not perfect, but is much easier and just about as accurate.

Instead of using a square and cutting all four sides around, do this.

Take a long ruler, and match the two corners on one side.  Trim off just the overhang.  If there is a huge underhang, slide the ruler in just a tad to get a clean cut. 

The idea is to try to NOT change the final size of the block, but cut off the excess on the pieces in the middle of the sides.  Then, when you stitch the blocks together, it's easier to match the two corners.

I tried it on a bunch of blocks and had great results.

 

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Roxana replied on Mon, Apr 7 2014 4:03 PM

Susie, are you trimming on all four sides, two sides, or just one? I'm confused.

Thanks for the tip.

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Susie replied on Mon, Apr 7 2014 8:36 PM

I do all 4 sides. Did 40 blocks in about 8 minutes.

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MizPat replied on Sun, Apr 13 2014 4:35 PM

As long as you make sure that your ruler is square to the corners, this will work just fine. The problems come when the ruler isn't square to the corners; then you wind up with wonky blocks that don't fit together right.

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Describes me perfectly....wonky blocks

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