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Measuring the quilt top

Posted by day2day (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 3, 11 at 9:26

Before I add borders, I measure the quilt through the center to find out how long the borders should be. I always measure with my 8"X 24" ruler. My friend says that she measures with a plastic,flexible tape measure. I was wondering how others do this.

~Geraldine


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I'm like you I measure with my long ruler. I was told at one time not to use those tapes because they tend to stretch and then your block or quilt would be off


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I have a 120 inch retractable tape measure that I use to measure borders. I haven't had any problems with it being off. I do try to not stretch the measure or the quilt.
Linda OH


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I use a 120 inch tape measure too. It's metal, like most of them are, and not likely to distort enough to throw off the measurement of the quilt.

Kate


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I use the same industrial metal tape I use when I am plastering walls or doing other home renovations. LOL.


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Never thought to use a metal tape. Thanks!
Darlene


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I have a 12 ft metal tape in tools that I use all the time. I actually have several scattered around. They sometimes go to the store with me as well.


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I also use a metal tape measure. I also use the same tape measure to measure and cut the border. This is what I learned to do when you need precise measurements in cutting wood. I do take 3 measurements along a seamline, not on the edge.
I dislike the border process-I don't know why-mine have always turned out fine in my short quilt making life.


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I used my measuring tape to measure my quilt for making my borders...
But, I measure from corner to corner at both ends, then from edge to edge though the center..and take the average of the 3 to cut the 2 borders......
I follow this for both the vertical and the horizontal borders.


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I used to use my longest ruler but recently got a 120" tape and now use that. It's not metal but I don't worry about stretching as I don't put a lot of tension on it when measuring.


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I measure both edges on my cutting mat and use the average of the two.
Karlene


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I also use a 120 inch tape measure. I measure about 6 inches from each end and across the middle of the quilt.

beverly


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i use the fabric itself. I spread it across the middle and cut. Works perfectly never have a proplem with it.


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Like Agnes, I don't use a ruler. Spread out the top (usually on my big ironing board), lay the border across the middle, cut and sew it on!

SharonG/FL


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I have a few wooden yard sticks that I lay on top. I like the metal tape, but they keep hiding at my house.

Robbi


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Sharon and Agnes I can do that for baby or lap quilt but not for anything larger. I have seen quilting shows were they use the same method.
I did that for a full size quilt and I had to take the border off and redo it. I must not lay the fabric on the top straight.
I use a metal tape for larger quilts. Large quilts are not my fav to do, I run into too many probs.
Rosa


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Rosa, I've done it on larger quilts, too. Half at a time and pin the border to the top so it doesn't move. You won't catch me on the floor any more than is absolutely necessary. @:)


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So, am I obsessing too much about being precise & making sure the borders are exactly the correct length?? I also pin halves & quarters. Maybe that's why I do not like putting on borders....and yes, I am on the floor alot - and I don't have a big floor area, so I have to move some furniture.

Robbi-scratch (engrave) your name on your own metal tape measure & like your scissors, threaten your family if they touch it!!


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NO Marsha, you're not obsessing to much!

I'm lucky in that I have a really huge cutting table to use, so I'm not on the floor.

I square my blocks before joining them, and I count up the block measurements. 4 blocks @ 12"finished size should equal 48.5" - I cut that border to that measurement. I mark the center and quarter marks and MAKE that quilt fit. If there is more than a bit of ease, well, then, I've screwed it up someplace.

But this makes for a flat, square quilt.


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Thanks for all the replies.
I am going to get a retractable tape measure. DH has one but I'd like to have one to keep in the sewing area.

~Geraldine


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