When making a quilt, you need to make sure that your squares line up. It takes lots of practice to get quilt squares lined up perfectly for your quilt. Many quilters had to throw away their partly done quilts as the squares didn’t line up as they intended.
How Do You Make Quilt Squares Line Up?
Prepare your fabric to perfection by starching it. This makes it easy to manipulate. Align your square, attach them as straight as possible with needles and sew them together to get your straight quilt squares. Make sure that the quarter-inch allowance you sew onto the quilt blocks is equal all around. This helps to make perfect quilt blocks.
Steps To Make Quilt Squares Line Up
Method 1. Strip Piecing
In this method, you can make sure that your quilting squares line up when you use strip piecing to form the squares instead of using quilting blocks.
Step 1. Prepare the fabric from which you will be cutting out strips to make the squares. Wash and iron it properly. Spray fabric starch on it to make it more stable and easier to work with. It makes it easier to cut, measure, and even sew together with other fabric pieces.
Step 2. Cut your squares from the fabrics that you want to use for your quilt. Cut out squares that you can work comfortably with and that will end up making your quilt the best.
Step 3. When you have squares ready, align them as straight as possible. Iron them if need be. After that, hold them together with pins as perfectly aligned as possible. Attach the pins to mark the points that you will be sewing along.
Step 4. Measure and mark your quarter seam allowance on the fabric pieces that you choose to use as your quilting blocks. When you don’t make your quarter seam perfect, your squares will be bigger than you intended and won’t align.
Step 5. Using the strip piecing method to sew your quilt squares together. It is the best method to use when you are combining different fabrics to form your quilt squares.
Step 6. Watch out for your seams. When you are sewing your squares together, make sure that your seams are properly aligned. When you have properly aligned seams you have well-lined up quilt squares. You can angle the pins that you use to mark your seams or you can use a basting stitch that you can easily remove later.
Step 7. After you have sewn your fabrics together to make your quilt block, check whether your quilt squares line up. If not, you can trim the edges of the squares until they align and are the same size. If need be, rip up the seams and sew again until you have perfect alignment.
Method 2. Stacking
Step 1. Layout your quilting squares on your working area. If possible, you can have at least 81 boxes that you arrange in rows of 9 boxes. Also, number the squares to make it easier to work with them.
Step 2. Stack the squares on top of each other per row.
Step 3. From your stack of each of your rows, pick the first box and lay it on your working area with the right side facing up. Place the second box on this box with its right side on the first box and pin the right sides together.
Step 4. Now sew these two boxes together. Make sure to leave a quarter-inch seam allowance as you sew them together.
Step 5. Open up the sewn boxes and check that they are well sewn. If they are well sewn, pick the third square and place on square two with the right sides facing each other and sew.
Step 6. Do these for the other boxes in that row and for all the rows of boxes you need to make up your quilt.
Step 7. When you are through sewing the rows of boxes, press them. This will ensure that your quilting boxes will be straight and firm. When you press, make sure that the seams of rows following each other are facing in opposite directions.
Step 8. Layout your quilt boxes as you want your quit to look eventually. When doing these, make sure the seams of rows following each other are pressed against each other. Pinning the seams helps to keep your rows perfectly aligned.
Step 9. Sew all the rows together with the seams in this order. Press the when you are done to make sure that they stay aligned and flat on each other.
Method 3. Using Freezer Paper
Step 1. Cut a piece of freezer paper that should be the expected size of your quilt.
Step 2. Draw two straight lines on the freezer paper. These lines should be drawn on the side of the freezer paper that is not shiny. Draw a vertical and horizontal line intersecting at the center. Also, draw diagonal lines on either end of the freezer paper.
Step 3. Place your quilt block on the ironing board with the right side facing down. Then place the freezer paper on top of the block with the side with the lines on the block.
Step 4. Using pins, stick the quilt squares to the freezing paper and align them to the lines you have drawn to keep it straight.
Step 5. When you have aligned properly, remove your pins and press the freezer paper onto the quilting squares.
Step 6. Repeat this for the remaining rows of squares that make up the quilt block. Make sure that they are well aligned with the freezer paper lines for a perfect result when you eventually start making your quilt.
Step 7. When you start to sew the blocks together, sew a quarter-inch seam all around the blocks. This ensures that you end up with quilting blocks that are the same size and properly aligned.
Step 8. Only remove your freezer paper completely when you are sure that you have properly aligned your quilting blocks ready to make your perfect quilt.
How To Make A Quilt Sandwich
When making a quilt, you will have to make a quilt sandwich. A quilt sandwich is made up of the quilt batting, wrapped by the quilt top and the quilt backing. Secure these layers of quilts with a basting stitch.
To make a quilt sandwich, you need to first prepare the quilt backing. Normally, the quilt backing is larger than the other layers of the quilt sandwich. Secondly, lay your backing fabric upside down on your working surface. Press your backing and ensure it is completely taut.
Center your batting on the backing. The batting and the backing will be about the same size. Now, fix the quilt top on the batting and press to remove all the wrinkles on the quilt. When you are making a quilt sandwich, make sure that it fits properly on the working surface.
Tips For Making Perfect Quilt Blocks
The first thing to consider to make quilt blocks is to prepare the fabrics. Wash, iron, and starch the fabrics for easy control. Cut your strips from high-quality fabric that is easy to work with.
Second, press your fabrics properly. This removes wrinkles from your fabrics and helps you keep your quilt blocks perfectly aligned. Press your quilt blocks as often as possible to keep them straight.
When making a quilt, you need to ensure that your quilt blocks are perfectly aligned. When your quilt blocks aren’t properly aligned, your quilt looks like it is made by amateurs. With lots of practice, you will eventually make your quilt squares line up effortlessly.
There are many methods you can use to make sure that your quilt squares are perfectly aligned. This ensures that your quilt block is attractive and that it is professionally done. Learn how to align your quilt squares to make high-quality quilts perfectly.