I am really happy with the steady progress I am making on this quilt. All of the 9 blocks are stitched and washed. Now I am going to show you how I trim the blocks to the correct size. I always cut my backgrounds at least 2″ larger to allow for shrinkage due to all of those tiny stitches. Before I trim the blocks, I press them really, really flat. I place the square upside down on the ironing board and iron with steam. My ironing board is very cushy, otherwise I would iron the blocks on a thick towel.
This is the block after it’s been pressed. It’s a little flatter and crisper!
I use a window template to trim the blocks, rather than measuring with a ruler. I used a heavy plastic for the template and cut a square in the middle the size of the unfinished blocks (15 1/2″). I used to draw a complete square, but now I just mark the corners. It is so easy just to “eyeball” each block:)
Now I take my long ruler and line up the dots and trim away. Easy Peasy!
All of the blocks are ready to be stitched together. Major Goosebumps!
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Til next time….
3 thoughts on “Putting It All Together!”
Could you please tell me what kind of plastic you use and maybe where I could look for something similar? I really like this idea, and since I have now got Bed of Roses and Friends of Baltimore to square up, it’s as good a time as any to use your technique. Thanks Kerry
Thanks for showing how you do this, Kerry. I have struggled with how to trim my bumpy appliqué blocks. Your window thing is really neat.
Thanks, Rebecca. It is such a time saver:)