Trim Blocks More Quickly with These Tips

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Mark Your Rulers for Quicker Placement!

In an ideal world, you’ll always have a ruler that’s the same size as the blocks you need to trim (like this set). Simply place the ruler and rotate the block on a rotating mat, cutting each side as you go. This can be the quickest way to trim a lot of blocks.

However, blocks can be trimmed with many other rulers as well. Even so, lining them up properly can become tedious and it’s easy to cut incorrectly. A tip found at Sew Kind of Wonderful can help that.

Trim Blocks More Quickly with This Tip

Use a Sharpie to create dots on the ruler that indicate where to place it on the blocks. Be sure to only mark the top, smooth side of the ruler, and you may want to use a contrasting color that will stand out, like red or green (we circled the black dots with red in the photo above).

Cut two sides, then turn the block and reposition the ruler to cut the remaining two sides. When done, wipe the marks away with rubbing alcohol.

Learn more at the following link.

Click here for the “Tuesday Tip – Sharpie Markers and Squaring Up Blocks” article.

Another method that many quilters like is to mark the cutting lines on rulers with Glow-Line tape.

Trim Blocks More Quickly with This Tip

Photo from The Thinking Closet.

The tape is transparent, allowing you to see ruler markings through it and the tape can easily be removed without leaving residue. Get the tape here.


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