Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – #41 – Trimming a Quilt

Welcome to this month’s edition of Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd where we share our favorite quilting or sewing tips and tutes! My apologies for being late….enjoying the summer solstice and finishing up my sew alongs has just derailed me a tiny bit. But, here I am, with a tip on trimming your quilts. It was one of the tasks I had to do today and I thought a tip or two on how I do it might be helpful.

Last Month’s Link Ups

Here’s a list from last month’s link ups! We have two fabulous tutorials for your sewing space, one on a design wall from Wendy, and one on an IKEA cutting table from Cheree! My post was about organizing my card patterns and our friend, Andrée linked up her post on her large sketchbook. I am so grateful to those who share their tips and tutorials each month.

I do sometimes add one or two when the linkup party is slow, and, I may just turn this into a monthly newsletter with Tips and Tutorials I have found. I’ll see how the next couple of months go – any feedback you have on this, I welcome (email me here).

Tip: Trimming a Quilt

I was just trimming one of my quilts and thought I would share the way I line up things.

Generally, I look for a seam and a line that will work on my ruler. This border was cut at 3 1/2″, so 3 1/4″ should work. I make my first few cuts and see how close I am to the edge of the quilt. I also tug a little to make it line up if I need to. I don’t usually find it requires much tugging.

Now, if batting shows, I don’t worry, I can cover that with the binding. But sometimes as I trim, I find it is too much, then I may change my cut and go down another 1/4″. Of course, you may need to take into account if there is piecing in the border or other piecing that would be affected by taking that additional 1/4″.

As I get to corners, I often line up two ways, one on the vertical seam and on the horizontal seam. A square ruler can be a big help and sometimes I will square the 4 corners first, then go on to do the borders. For such a small quilt, this is not necessary, but the extra registration (horizontal and vertical) is always an important help in accurate trimming.

Join the Linky Party

Now it’s your turn to post, and the rules are simple – write up a tip or group of tips or a tutorial that is quilting or sewing-related and link that post below. The linky party is open from 12:01 am on the 22nd, through midnight on April 30th. The post does not have to be new but should be one that hasn’t been linked to Tips and Tutorials in the past. If you don’t have a blog, please send it to me ( and I will post your tip or tutorial for you!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Past Tips and Tutorials

In case you didn’t know, if you have missed some past #TTot22, you can check them out in the tab at the top of my page or on my Pinterest board.

Coming Up on My Blog

I am winding up all 3 SALs/QALs. Happily, two tops are quilted and need binding. The third one needs to be finished…a block made and the row constructed and then figuring out how I will quilt it – its a little bigger than my frame so I may do it in halves or take it to a friend’s. There is an island fair on July 1 where I will sell some things so there may be a few small finishes before that….depends if I get energized or if I spend more time outside….time will tell.

Fab Farm SAL – Assembling Fab Farm (6/26)
Rainbow Neighbourhood Finish
Fab Farm Quilt Top Party (7/16)

Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.


  1. June 22, 2023 / 9:44 PM

    Good tips, I do pretty much the same thing. I finished up my top today, now to decide whether I’m quilting it or Connie is!

  2. June 22, 2023 / 11:54 PM

    That’s exactly how I like to trim. It’s really handy to use the seam lines and I always trim large and then go smaller only if I have to!

  3. June 23, 2023 / 10:31 AM

    Yep – this is my method as well. Your post validates what I have been doing! It is most difficult if I don’t have a straight seam to work from – like with a large amount of negative space at the edges.
    As for the newsletter vs. link up – I would say do what is most efficient and enjoyable for you. That is the important part!

  4. June 23, 2023 / 11:40 AM

    I trim up this way also. 🙂

  5. June 23, 2023 / 10:35 PM

    Trimming tutorial was a great idea — I’ve had a couple of brand-new quilters pick up their quilts after I’ve long armed them and they look at me like little frightened deer in the headlights when I try to explain the trimming step that comes next. The pictures alone are worth a thousand words! I hope you keep up the Tips & Tutorials because I do enjoy reading them even when I haven’t written anything instructive of my own that I can share. You know, it wouldn’t hurt to cycle the Oldies But Goodies back through from time to time. Most people don’t remember to tune in every month and I’m sure there are a lot of great tips that have fallen through the cracks for readers or that they would like to be reminded of again.

  6. June 24, 2023 / 7:43 AM

    I just trimmed one yesterday and this would have been handy. It’s similar to what I do, but I had not thought to use a square ruler in the corners. I had a tiny bit of waviness with this one, because I added two borders, but I was able to trim it with success. Thanks for the tips!

  7. LA Paylor
    June 24, 2023 / 2:01 PM

    this is important info. I just had to trim and even up a bed quillt before binding and hurt my back tugging and measuring and being careful with the rotary weapon

My Favorite Tools

Pins with Numbers & Arrows
Annies Soft and Stable Foam Stabilizer
By Annie’s Clear Vinyl
Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
Fusible Appliqué Paper
Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Clearly Perfect Angles
Slotted Triangle Trimmer