Is there anything about quilting that you hate to do?
I have said that I love every aspect of quilting and I’d be hard pressed to say I “hated” anything about it. But I have found that there is one step in the quilting process that I truly dread.
It’s squaring up the blocks.
You’re probably saying, “Yes! I hate that part, too!” Well, I guess I’m not alone. What I dislike so much about it is that even after you square up all the blocks, you’re right back where you started: a stack of finished blocks lying in front of you that need to be sewn together. Like you didn’t really accomplish anything. It’s how I feel about emptying the dishwasher. All that work and you still have a pile of dirty dishes that need to be loaded for wash! Sheesh! So why do I have to do this? I try my hardest to sew an exact 1/4″ seam so I don’t have to square up when I’m done, but, it never fails; the blocks are never exact and they don’t all measure the same. This step is what I call a “necessary evil”. It has to be done, but nobody likes to do it. It is so important to do this in order to make sure your seams line up neatly in your
rows and the quilt measures even from top to bottom. Believe me, I’ve tried to skip this step only to have to take out some rows and restitch them so they will “fit” in the quilt. If you see a quilt with puckers or pulled seems, that’s probably what happened. It makes for a much more clean and professional look to the final product. So next time you get a stack of blocks done and you are ready to sew your rows, don’t forget to “square up”! It’s hip to be square!
Is there something else about quilting that is less than your favorite part of quilting? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and share your experiences!