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I am having trouble with a quilt top that isn't finishing quite square before putting on the borders. How do I square it up and then put on borders?

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Comment by Debra Miller on February 21, 2013 at 4:14pm
Thanks everyone! My quilt is square and has a skinny inner border and 6" outer border. I am making 2 of these quilts for kitchen curtain panels. It is set on point.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 21, 2013 at 6:10am

Helen did a better job of explaining this than what I did.  

Comment by Helen McCarl on February 21, 2013 at 5:48am

If you want to show your quilt, or hang your quilt, it needs to be square to hang straight and flat, and to be judged for a show.   If you are a long way out of square your may need to look at your construction and make adjustments there.

But, if your are an inch or less out of square you can use your borders to square the quilt.   Take the measurement of the length of your quilt through the middle, and on both edges.   Average the three numbers and cut the side borders the length of your averaged number.    Find and mark the center and quarter and three quarter points of both your quilt and your border.   Pin your border to your quilt at the center, the quarter, three quarter points and on the ends.    Now you wil ease in any fullness that exists in the four sections.    Turn your quilt so that the fullness is next to your feed dogs, and your machine will actually do most of the easing for you.    Repeat the measuring, pining, and easing on the other lengthwise side.      Treat the top and bottom  borders the same way, find the averaged length, mark and match the center, quarter and three quarter points, and ease in any fullness.    If you have multiple borders, you have multiple opportunities for squaring the quilt.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 20, 2013 at 3:16pm

I was always taught that to get the measurement for the border pieces in order to square up a quilt was to measure the center length and the center width of the quilt and those were your border lengths and widths.

It seems I've read another option (maybe from the Quilt in a Day books) where they recommend taking 3 length measurements (at the center and each side), then averaging them to get the border lengths, then doing that for the width as well.  I've not done that.   

I suppose it would depend on what type of out-of-square issues you are seeing.  

Oh, I just went back and re-read your question.  I didn't realize you were wanting to square up the quilt before you added the borders.  I'm afraid I don't have any suggestions for you in that case.  

Hope someone can help you out.  I'm sure it will all turn out great!

Comment by Barb/WI on February 20, 2013 at 3:06pm

I've fought with this many times myself...sometimes I think I get things skewed when I do the quilting.  Can't wait to see how other people deal with this.  I pretty much use my largest square ruler to start on a corner, and go from there.

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