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How to Square Up a Quilt Block

Squaring up quilt blocks is simple with this video tutorial!

Updated February 27, 2020
How to Square Up a Quilt Block

If you're a beginner or casual sewist, then sewing a quilt is not an easy talent to master. However, this squaring up a DIY quilt block video tutorial will make sewing the perfect quilt that much easier.

Learn How to Square Up a Quilt Block by following along with Carolina while she walks you through it while providing helpful tips and tricks along the way.

It can be extremely frustrating getting through all your DIY quilt blocks to find that you've somehow rectangled some or all of them and now they don't match up.

Avoid the trouble and added stress by reviewing this tutorial first!

Materials List

  1. Quilt blocks
  2. Square ruler (equal or bigger than your squares)
  3. Rotary cutter
  4. Glow line tape
Skill Level: Beginner
Project Type: Learn a Technique
Time to Complete: Under an hour
Sewn By: None
 

Squaring Up a Quilt Block Video Tutorial:

This how-to video can keep you from having to feel this kind of frustration with its easy to follow steps and super helpful tips. No matter if you are a master quilter or just starting the hobby, this quilting video will help you improve your quilting skills! 
 

How to Square Up a Quilt Block:

  1. Measure your quilt blocks to see how large you want them to be when they are square.

Image shows a quilt block on a cutting mat with a quilting ruler laid on top. A hand is a pointing to a measurement.

  1. Mark off your ruler with the glow line tape on the appropriate measurement lines. Two sides with tape can be the edges of the ruler.

    Note: Trim the edges of the tape off with scissors or a rotary cutter.

Image shows a cutting mat with a ruler laid on top. Hands are attaching glow tape to create a square.

  1. Line up your ruler on top of your block. Align the lines on your ruler with the center seams on your block as reference points to make sure the spacing is even.

Image shows a quilt block on a cutting mat with a quilting ruler laid on top. Hands are adjusting the block and ruler to match up as needed.

  1. Use your rotary cutter to cut one side of your block, and then the other.

Image shows a quilt block on a cutting mat with a quilting ruler laid on top. One hand is holding down the ruler and the other is cutting the excess off with a rotary cutter.

  1. Rotate your quilt block 90 degrees and repeat the process with the last two sides. Repeat this process with all your other blocks. Sew your blocks together to make your quilt!

    Note: You should be able to line up both the center seams and outer edges.

Image shows a quilt block on a cutting mat with a quilting ruler laid on top. One hand is holding down the ruler.
Image shows several quilt blocks sewn together on a cream background. There's a couple rulers, glow tape, and a rotary cutter off to the right side.

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This video tutorial is super helpful for beginners.

I am so glad to see this video and tutorial on squaring up a quilt block because I am very new to quilting and had a hard time making my blocks squared right with ruler and the do not measure right. I love the tape idea to keep me from second guessing and messing it up. I will redo and use this technique. Anyone else do this?

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