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block too small?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I’m sure we all have experienced trying to work with a block which is too small–not quite what the designer called for the size of the raw block to be. Even those of us who have been at this quilting thing for a long time have those days when even a good steam/stretch cannot make the block the size it should be. And if you’ve ever participated in a block swap you know that there seems to be a wide variety in rulers out there!

Here’s a hint from our Linda H. to enable you to work with small variations. It won’t help you if your block is WAAAAYY too small, but if it’s just a bit this hint will save you having to redo the piecing. Please do not photocopy this handout for friends. If they would like a copy give them the blog address and help them find the handout here. Since Linda was so gracious to allow us to share this with blog readers, let’s respect her generosity. Click on the following link to see the handout.

block too small


  1. Annette Meyer- Grunow says:

    Thanks for the instructions. Please add to use a smaller stitch length for sturdiness where the seam allowance is narrower. Annette

  2. Theresa Uz says:

    Good to know, Thank you, Llnda, for this wonderful hint.

  3. Lori says:

    Thanks for the link.

  4. Mickey Wittliff says:

    Very helpful. I sure could have used this at times.

  5. Sylvia Siegel says:

    Thank you for this great idea.

  6. Joann L. McGowan says:

    Great instructions – a wonderful help. This is a keeper – never know when it might come in handy.

  7. Sharon M Militello says:

    Great idea!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Great tip! Thanks Linda and Mary Ellen.

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