Assemble the rows and sashing strips as shown above. And as intimidating as that factor can seem, it really is not that difficult to deal with, and we will do just that in a later blog. No color runs through the blocks. Oliso Iron 5. SASHING WIDTH: Sashings are strips of fabric that separate the quilt blocks from one another. You can check the latest prices at Amazon by clicking on the links below: 1. Location: Chili, New York (Rochester) Posts: 1,146 I am almost done with my striped quilt, first try. When we pull out the sashing and look closely at it, the sashing actually is a quilt block. That means you would use sashing up to 3 inches wide (finished) for a 12-inch (finished) quilt block. Now what? And this opens up all kinds of possibilities for your quilt. That is the largest size sashing that would still look good with your blocks. 1. If I am making a quilt with rows, I like skinny sashing better than wider sashing most of the time. Then 5 divided by 4 = 1 ¼ inches. The wider sashing also gives the illusion that the blocks are kind of floating. Join Date: Jul 2010. So…where do you start when you have a stack of blocks you’re not sure what to do with? (If your width of fabric is less than 42”, you will only be able to get three sets from this. If necessary, trim the sashing strip so the row of stars fits perfectly with the sewn strips. You need 2 strips @ (63″ x 2″) – To get strips long enough to measure 63″ you will need to cut 3 x 1″ strips across the width of the fabric. I would probably go with the 1.5" if you are making a more traditional quilt. And before you start sweating bullets over the math of this part of quilting, allow me to let you in on a little secret:  Most of the time this comes naturally to people that deal with design work and quilters fall into this category. The sashing is pieced so that it makes a secondary small star as the cornerstone. I usually go by sashing large enough to go with my blocks but not overwhelm them. I miscalculated my sashing requirements and after adding sashing to one side of all my blocks I realize I do not have enough to do the vertical rows. This is such a great informative article and I learned a lot! Thanks so much that is such great information. The fabric is discontinued. Pieced cornerstones are not only a great way to pull the colors together in the quilt, but they are also a great way to use up left-over scraps. They are pieced into the horizontal sashing to meet up with the corners of the blocks. For the sake of ease, we cut it down to 1.618. A mitered corner is stitched at a 45-degree angle to the sides of the quilt.Figure 1: A plain border can have squared o… Stackable washer/dryer has equal width and depth in order to allow usually the dryer to fit proportionally over the washer. You'll need 36 inches of fabric to span the length of the quilt blocks. I agree, I would go with 1 1/2" sashing too. The sashing calculator calculates how much yardage you will need for your sashing. For Strip 1: Under Select a strip style, choose Spaced Squares. Adding sashing isn’t hard – just think of it as another skinny block between each of the bigger blocks. Quilters have been no different. I don't know why but I favor the 2" finished strips. I am a beginner and that helped me a lot. Repeat until you have (32) 10 1/2” segments. The rows should measure 6 ½” x 20 ½”. Scrap quilts or quilts made from orphan blocks (blocks left-over from other quilts, blocks “gifted” to you from friends that decided they didn’t like them or didn’t want to finish a quilt, or other random quilt blocks) often look best with wider sashing. Often, there is more than one "right" answer, so I may also think about how I am going to quilt the quilt after it is put together. The blocks are closer together and that narrow sashing adds a real punch to the quilt top. If I did decide to use a wider sashing with this quilt to show off my long arming chops, I would use cornerstones to keep the quilt top pulled together. Custom T-Shirt Quilt Top - Variable Style With 1.5" Sashing and 2" Border: The sample used in this Instructable is for a throw size quilt. However, what if you just don’t want to go through all that trouble? by Barbara (Illinois) I'm a quilting newbie and working on a block quilt with 8" finish size blocks. I know a lot of quilters like precut fabric, and charm packs are 5” squares. Now add ½-inch for a seam allowance and the width of the sashing should be cut is 1 ¾ – inches. They will either need to be larger or smaller than the pattern calls for. If you're making a modern quilt, you could make the sashing 3.75" or even make it wider than the block at 9.75" to give you plenty of blank space. Width of Sashing. (Sashing = Strips of fabric that go between and around the blocks) I cut a length of iron-on interfacing to fit the width (selvage to selvage) of the black and the green (Kiwi) fabrics. Sashings should generally be proportional to the size of the blocks — you can effectively use a wider sashing with bigger blocks. I like quilts set on-point, with or without sashing. What a wonderful idea! They are squares the same size as the width of the vertical sashing. Sashing can be a bit of an optical illusion. Thank you so much for sharing another brilliant method in quilt piecing! I decided to make the sashing strips the same width as one finished square in the block. And second, I think it’s beyond creative what you’re making with your mask scraps! To be honest, as I mentioned last week, my favorite way to set quilt blocks is on point with setting triangles. Add 36 plus 12 for a total of 48 inches. 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