I have often struggled with squaring up my quilted projects. I start in one corner, using a large square ruler, line up my 24″ ruler and work my way around the quilt.
Unfortunately, many times I get back to the final corner and things don’t quite match up. And, when I say don’t “QUITE” match, I really mean that they are nowhere close!!!
Several years ago I was encouraged to try using a Laser Square.
My initial thought was “but I’ve never seen those in a quilting supply store”. I was quickly encouraged to forget the quilt store and instead head to the hardware store!!
There I found this Bosch Laser Square….
….also known as “Red 30-ft Self-Leveling Indoor Line Generator Laser Level with Line Beam”
Since using this tool, I have been able to easily and accurately square up any quilt!!
Let me show you how it works.
I place the tool on top of the quilt, in this case, squaring to a line in the quilt rather than to the edge…..
If you look carefully, you can see the red laser line running down the edge of the quilt….
Now I can place my ruler on the line……
….and carefully cut off the leftovers…..
I repeated this process on each edge and ended up with a perfect square at the end…..
I am fortunate to have a large cutting table so I can lay out much of the quilt at one time.
BUT, what if your quilt is WAY too big for your cutting surface?
You can easily lay the quilt out on another large surface (or even the floor) and use a marker to DRAW in your cutting lines first.
This is also a good way to test the lines BEFORE you cut!!! I used this method a BUNCH of times before I got comfortable using the laser square.
There is something about this line just instills confidence…..
I hope that this tool will instill the same confidence in you!!!