How to resize quilt blocks

How to resize quilting blocks tutorial

Find out how to turn standard size templates into mini marvels or super-sized squares with our free tutorial. There are always times in a quilter’s life when we find a certain size block and fall in love with it, but the quilt we’re planning requires a slightly different size to make the measurements tot up, or to make the most economical use of our fabrics. Maths can be one of our least favourite parts of quilting, but we’ve got good news for you… UK copies of issue 11 of Today’s Quilter magazine come with a free Quilter’s Quick Resizing Tool – here’s how to resize quilt blocks using this handy bit of kit.

How to resize quilting blocks step 1

Step 1: Size it up
Choose your finished block size in inches. In this example we are going to turn an original-sized 4in star block into a finished-sized 11in star block. Line up the original size (4in here) on the inner scale under the finished size on the outer scale, like this.

How to resize quilting blocks step 2

Step 2: Set your scale
Now look in the ‘Resize percentage’ window and you’ll see how much you need to adjust the block design by to change it to your required size. In this case, 275%

How to resize quilting blocks step 3

Step 3: Reproduce your template
Take your block design and resize it using a photo copier, scanner or printer.

How to resize quilting blocks step 4

Step 4: The fun bit… get sewing!
Now you’re ready to sew up a perfectly proportioned new block size! Remember before you begin, if you haven’t been quilting for long, always include seam allowances whenever you are cutting or sewing fabric pieces to form a block. A quilt block that is 8in when completed will actually be 7.5in once it’s sewn into a quilt top using¼in seams, and every individual unit of the block also needs to be cut with extra seam allowance along each side. If you like this star block, keep an eye out for our next issue (on sale 21st July) as Lynne Edwards will be showing you how to make it using nifty cutting techniques.