How to Square a Quilt Top


Despite your best efforts with measuring, you may find that your quilt top isn't perfectly square when complete. This is a normal problem and has a simple remedy. However, cutting away material to make it appear square may not be the best option and may not ultimately fix the problem. Instead of cutting or trimming, consider stretching and holding the quilt in a the desired shape. This requires a little bit of careful measuring, but the results are often worth it.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Long metal ruler
  • Large cutting mat
  • Pins
  • Put your finished, and untrimmed quilt top into the washing machine on its gentlest cycle with warm water and a high water setting. Use a light spin to remove excess water, and carefully pull it out. Be careful because the extra weight from the water could potentially rip weak stitches.

  • Lay the quilt, right side up, on your cutting mat and lightly stretch it out so that it lays flat with no wrinkles. Remove the basting around the edges.

  • Pin one corner to the mat. Use a long metal ruler to measure the sides and the middle. If the edges are shorter than the center, stretch out the edges until they're square,and pin them into place. Measure the diagonals. If they're not the same, pull out one corner and make it so. Pin the corners and if necessary the middle of the edges into place.

  • Redo all your measurements to make sure the quilt is square. If necessary, make any changes and pin again. Allow the quilt to dry fully while pinned.

Tips & Warnings

  • To speed up the drying process, point a fan at the quilt.

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