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Squaring up the paper pieced Tanzania elephant

Tile floors are great for squaring up projects

Tile floors are great for squaring up projects

I’ve found that  a tile floor, or tile-look sheet flooring works as a great tool in squaring up projects.     Align your best edge, or a horizontal element (especially if it’s a traditional pieced project) with the tile lines of your floor.  Use masking tape and tape the project down, smoothly, but without undo stretching.   Here I started by taping down the uneven top and bottom edges and trimming the sides.  Every cut must be parallel with your tiles.  Now I’ve re-taped, without letting the project move, just the left and right sides.  This allows me to slide my cutting mat under the edge I want to cut.  Align the cutting mat grid with the floor, too, and maybe even tape IT down.  Then you can use a straight edge to trim the edge as normal, ( or a bit at a time, if it’s a big project.)  In this photo I have already trimmed 3 edges and have the bottom left to trim.

Drop me a note at PaperPiecingHeartlandATgmail.com if you are interested in the pattern.

Merken

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