I usually follow these steps to make any of my Quilt As You Go applique quilts. . .
- cut quilt blocks (and batting) 11 inches square
- quilt the blocks
- applique the blocks
- outline stitch the applique
- trim quilt blocks 10 1/2 inches square
- sew the quilt blocks together
- press seams open
- baste to backing
I’ve had several requests for more information about step 5 – specifically a video showing how to square and trim quilt blocks. It’s actually really easy – if you have the right tools.
Here’s how. . .
I don’t have very many rotary cutting rulers – but this is one that I really can’t imagine doing without. I highly recommend it if you do any quilting at all.
This is the exact ruler that I use to trim quilt blocks – the one you see in the video. It’s not inexpensive, but Joann’s always seems to have a good coupon and that can make a big difference. 🙂
For bigger quilt blocks (like the ones in this free Polaroid Quilt Block Tutorial) I use an even bigger ruler – one that’s a whopping 20 1/2 inches square! It’s a little unwieldy, so I only use it for the bigger blocks.
Here are my posts about trimming quilt blocks.
- How to Trim Finished Quilt Blocks
- How to Clean a Fuzzy Cutting Mat – trimming finished blocks WILL make your mat fuzzy
- Quilt Block Sizes for Alternate Grid Layouts
And here are my posts about how to assemble Quilt As You Go Blocks
- How to Join Quilt As You Go Blocks
- How to Assemble and Finish Your Quilt As You Go Quilt
- How to Assemble a Quilt that Uses an Alternate Grid
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