Have you ever wondered how to square a quilt? Squaring up a quilt is such an essential step in quilt making.
It can make the difference between your quilt being a wonky creation to a truly square, beautiful masterpiece.
I know some of you are wondering, “Do you square up a quilt before adding borders?” or “Do you wait until right before you add your binding to square up your quilt?”
My answer is yes — to both questions! I try to square up my blocks, rows, quilt top and finished quilt sandwich after each step to ensure my quilts are as square as possible.
This post will walk you through step-by-step my method for squaring up a quilted quilt sandwich.
What Is Squaring Up a Quilt?
So what exactly does it mean to “square up a quilt?” It means all your corners are cut square at a 90° angle, and all your edges are cut straight.
This will make attaching your binding much easier, and when your quilt is laid out on a bed or folded neatly, it will look professionally made.
When I am piecing my blocks together, once a block is complete, I like to go ahead and “square it up” or make sure it is a perfect square to keep things uniform.
Keeping your blocks square will also help your overall quilt top be neat and straight throughout the entire quilt-making process.
Here are a few tips when you create your quilt top to help keep your quilt square: