Whether you use simple strips of fabric or something more
complicated, by using some simple techniques as you add
your sashing, it can be beautiful and can help keep your
quilt squared up.
Sashing can even square up your quilt as you add it.
Sashing is an easy way to change the look of a quilt – by
adding strips between the blocks.
The strips can be simple lengths of fabric. Or the strips
can be pieced. Flying Geese blocks make great sashing
strips for some quilts.
You can use a crazy piecing for sashing; add simple
cornerstones; little pinwheel blocks; or even sew multiple
strips of fabric together.
Whichever you choose, how you trim your blocks, cut your
sashing and sew your quilt top together can determine
whether your quilt top will be “squared up” or not.
Most quilters like to have their quilt tops “squared up” -
that is, a square with all sides equal and all corners 90
degrees; or a rectangle with the sides equal in length to
each other and the top and bottom the same length. (Oh,
and the corners 90 degrees.)
Before I learned how to measure and trim my blocks, the
quilts I made with sashing could have ended up being most
any shape – which was quite frustrating.
Then one day, a quilting teacher showed me how to put it
all together – the “right way.”
Often I am critical of teachers who claim to have the only
way, or the right way, to do something.
But I have seen quilt tops end up “squared up” using these
simple techniques for measuring and sewing sashing:
* Measure through the center of your blocks (not the side),
preferably along a seam line
* Trim your blocks so they are about the same size
* Cut the sashing strips the length of the side of your
blocks (or an average of the sides)
* Match the ends of the sashing with the ends of your
blocks and ease in the center as necessary
* Sew the sashing strips onto the sides of your blocks
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