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How to Trim Quilt Blocks – video tutorial

Last Updated on April 13, 2019 by wendigratz

How to Square and Trim Finished Quilt Blocks

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I usually follow these steps to make any of my Quilt As You Go applique quilts. . .

  1. cut quilt blocks (and batting) 11 inches square
  2. quilt the blocks
  3. applique the blocks
  4. outline stitch the applique
  5. trim quilt blocks 10 1/2 inches square
  6. sew the quilt blocks together
  7. press seams open
  8. baste to backing
  9. quilt
  10. bind

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. 🙂

Handy links:

Happy quilting!

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

*Links marked with an asterisk are affiliate links. That means I earn a tiny commission if you click through and buy. 🙂


  1. Tammie SAYS...

    Thank you. Great video on squaring up!

  2. Mariette Forget SAYS...

    I Wendi and thank you very much! 🙂

  3. Excellent video. I have never known the correct way to use this ruler to correctly square up my blocks.

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