How do you square a large quilt top before quilting?

Do you square up a quilt before or after quilting?

Before you head down the home stretch, take some time to “square up” the quilt and your quilt will look even more spectacular. No matter how careful you are, the quilting process can distort the quilt and make the edges crooked. That’s especially true if the quilting density is uneven.

Should I square up my quilt before adding borders?

Once your piece is quilted, you need to make the edges even and square before adding your binding. It is easier and more accurate to trim the quilt sandwich if the three layers are sewn together at the edge. Otherwise, the bottom layer can shift and you end up with edges that are not the same.

How do you know if a quilt is square?

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.

Why does my quilt top pucker?

Puckers in the quilting usually result from a basting process where either the backing wasn’t spread and secured properly or too few safety pins were used or things shifted as the quilt was positioned under the needle and quilting began.

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