Thursday, August 27, 2015

Trimming Blocks

This post is for the non-quilting readers who asked how I was going to sew the zig zag edges of the Granny Square blocks that I've started making with scraps in June. Earlier posts can be seen here.
Granny Square blocks

I put the blocks together like a jigsaw puzzle to photograph them, but I doubt ANY quilter would ever attempt to sew the blocks together without squaring them, which is what I did once I had enough blocks for a complete quilt.


First, I measured 1/4 inch from the tips of the colored squares. The 1/4 inch is needed for seam allowance.


Once the seam allowance was determined, I cut off the edge, rotated the block and measured the other sides - making sure the entire block was square.


These blocks were trimmed to 9 inches and with the seam will finish at 8.5 inches.

Trimmed block
Now, that the blocks are square and are all the same size, putting them together into a quilt top will be easy.

trimmed Granny Square blocks
ready for sashing and a border

10 comments:

  1. Ah, come on Nancy, I wanted you to say you'd sew them by hand! NOT! Looks like they are ready for the next step. What color sashing are you planning?

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  2. Your pretty Granny Square blocks are tempting me! That may be my favorite block. They are addictive!

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  3. Ah - ha! Such precise work!! It is going to be a beautiful quilt; the colors are wonderful.

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  4. Ha! I sewed mine together by hand and it has the zig zaggy edge...IT will probably never get finished. :) I like your method:)

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  5. Much easier that way. This is turning out to be a gorgeous quilt!

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  6. It's going to be gorgeous and well worth all of your hard work! I always have trouble squaring knitted granny squares so the afghan is not wonky. Maybe your method will work for that too.

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  7. Whew! I couldn't imagine you sewing the other way!

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  8. I have a vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top that was hand pieced by a great-aunt. Unfortunately, she set it together like you show in your first photo. :( I still haven't done anything with this parallelogram quilt top. :)

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  9. Great tutorial for all of those folks wondering how to do the zig zags. I squared mine up as I made them but realized that if I make more to go with it that I should wait and measure the smallest block first.

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