There’s nothing quite so intimidating as trimming up an appliqued block. I always cut my block backgrounds a little larger than the pattern requirements because the background will distort as pieces are placed and stitched. So what’s an appliquer to do?
Here’s a Serendipity Sampler block that needs to be trimmed to 24 1/2″.
It’s nice and square in this picture. Here’s what I did.
Be sure the block is pressed. Fold a thick towel in half and press the block from the back using lots of steam. Use a little spray starch or sizing. See the basted register line?
Place the block on a 24″ x 36″ mat with the basting line centered on a mat line. See where the basting is lined up with the tip of the leaf and the line on the mat? Yes, I know the block and the mat changed colors. 🙂 I did not get a good picture of mine and Joyce let me use hers. Thanks Joyce!
The block needs to be trimmed 12 1/4″ from that center basting line. Use a ruler and the mat to measure 12 1/4″ from the center line. Mark that line with an air erasable pen.
See how the block will distort in the corners sometimes? Just continue to measure 12 1/4″ from the basting line.
Here’s what that corner will look like before it’s trimmed. (I’m glad I stay stitched the edge.)
Before cutting, measure the block in several different places to be sure it is 24 1/2″. Happy? OK, trim it using a rotary cutter or an old school pair of scissors. Be sure not to trim until you are actually ready to sew the blocks together. Raveling is a bad thing.
Hope this helps!