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Monday, January 31, 2011

Add Some Dashing Sashing????

Sometimes it is nice to add sashing to a quilt....often I will add sashing when I want to define a block....add some colorful corner squares and you can transform the look of a quilt....
So here is a little demo...hopefully it will help if you are adding some dashing sashing of your own...
Begin with a block....
or two....(for my purposes today I am just sashing a little two block quilt)...
After sewing my blocks...I squared them up to 8.5 inches...a little wonky of course...


I decided to cut my sashing strips 1.5 inches....I will need a sashing strip for the left side of block one and between block one and block two and then one for the right side of block two....then I will need two sashing strips for the top of the row (one for each block) and two for the bottom of the row (one for each block bottom)....so that is 7 strips in all....

So I cut my sashings 1.5 by 8.5 inches long...remember my block is 8.5 inches square....so I want the length of my sashing the same size as my block...now for my little colorful corner squares I need 6 and they will be 1.5 inches square...the same measurement as the width of my sashing....these little squares will go on the ends of my sashing strips...

Next I will sew a sashing strip between block one and block two....then I will sew a sashing strip at both ends of this row....so one strip to the left side of block one and one strip to the right side of block two...
This is my very little row one!!!!
Now I want to add sashing to the top and to the bottom of my one and only row in this little quilt....if you are doing a quilt with more rows you will add sashing strips to the top of each row and then on the last row you will add one to the bottom as well....

Begin the sashing and corner square strip by sewing a corner square and a sashing strip together....sew another corner square to the other end of the sashing strip....then another sashing strip and finally another corner square....(this strip can get very long with a larger quilt)
You will make as many of these strips as you need to go between the rows and at the top and bottom of the rows....
Sew the strip to the top of the first row...it works out lovely if the corner square seam butts up perfectly with the sashing seam between the blocks.....




And that is how to add some dashing sashing!!!!  Hope this helps ;)
Mary

4 comments:

  1. Interesting. I just added sashing with corner squares but I did this a little differently. I sewed rows of blocks together with sashing, then sewed together long strips of sashing with corner squares and then joined these together in rows.

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  2. Hi Claudia, I think we did it the same...maybe my explanation was not so clear....ha!

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