Wednesday, October 2, 2019

RED & WHITE QUILT - 1































Well, I started on the quilt and  I needed to make 28 blocks. 

This is as far as I got but I needed to stop and trim these blocks down to 4 3/4" squares.  I couldn't figure out how to trim them down and get all four sides even.  I didn't want to just cut them on two sides because one side would turn out smaller than the other.

I taped the back of my ruler with painters tape at the 4 and 3/4" mark and then I put a small mark of painters tape directly in the center of where my square should be.  When I placed this on my material, I could see how much needed to be cut off.  It was about 1/4 inch on two sides.  I just kind of eyeballed and scooted the ruler over to half of the material that needed cut off, which would be about 1/8" on the first two sides.  Then I trimmed the first two sides. I made two turns with the material which brought me to the other two sides of my square which needed trimmed and now I centered my square of material at the 4 3/4" marks by the tape exactly and trimmed off the other two sides, which equaled the other 1/8" that the square needed to be trirmmed.  I made sure that the diagonal line on the ruler was exactly at the point of the edge of the material square and the blue dot painters tape in the center was lined up correctly.  I looked at my pattern and these really do not have to match up with anything perfectly so I knew it didn't have to be exact, but I am sure they would be very close.  I really don't know how you could trim these and get them perfect unless you would have a ruler that was exactly 4 3/4" square.  Anyone have any tips?



Now I have all of the squares started to the first step and all the squares have been trimmed to 4 3/4".
























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