Sashing quilts

I always find sashing a challenge or maybe a pain is a more accurate¬†description¬† so you’ll notice that not many of my quilts have traditional sashing and when I do it, I like to incorporate it into my block piecing. I had a question about how I’ll do that so this is how I’ll assemble my Fruit & Vegi quilt.

Here’s a drawing of the overall quilt although it’s just for demonstration purposes and my quilt will have more blocks and rows.

I’ll make 3 different blocks. The majority of blocks will have the sashing on the right and bottom sides. The last block in the rows will have sashing on the bottom only. And the last row will have sashing on the right side only …except for the last block in the quilt which will have no sashing. I know it sounds complicated but really it isn’t.

Once I have my blocks made with the sashing, I prefer to sew them together in 4 block sections rather than in one long row.

Those larger blocks then get sewn together and the last row is added.

Once all the rows are together, I’ll add a 2 inch finished border. In case you’re wondering about my other measurements, my blocks are cut 4.5 inches, my sashing 2 x 4.5 inches, and the cornerstones are cut 2 inches.

And just to make it more interesting … rather than handle a bunch of 2 inch cut squares, I’ll strip piece my cornerstones with the right side sashing. I’ll cut and sew short strip sets with a 4.5 inch brown strip and a 2 inch fruit or vegi fabric and then subcut those into 2 inch strips.

Have I completely confused you?

17 thoughts on “Sashing quilts

  1. Cyndi Holguin

    No actually that is exactly the way I do it. When I have corner blocks.I love sashing my quilts. Good Luck have fun.

  2. Jodie

    No you didn’t confuse me at all, in fact it makes a lot of sense. I would never have thought of it though. Thanks for sharing this tip.

  3. Terry

    Thanks for the tip, Mary. It was not confusing at all. I sew my quilt together in the same manner as you do. It makes it easier to handle.

  4. Roma

    Mary, I have done sashings like this on many many quilts. A quilter from yesteryear did a demo on this back in the early 90’s, (92-93) and it stuck in my brain. This is also a good way to make sashings scrappy.
    Again you do beautiful work, no matter what method you use!!

  5. Cheryl

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This makes so much sense and you explained it so well! I will not shy away from sashed blocks after reading this. You are such a wealth of knowledge Mary! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  6. June Calender

    That’s very clear an I will probably try it the next time I do a block quilt — although often I’m not sure what sashing I am going to use until I have the blocks done — I work somewhat intuitively and improvasationally. I’m going to read this over again and make a note or two so I won’t forget. Thanks for sharing.

  7. laurie

    Thanks for the process Mary! I have a quilt on my design wall that is awaiting sashing/cornerstones and I haven’t cut it out yet! I am DEFINITELY using the strip piecing that you use. Why hadn’t I thought of that? LOL

  8. Karen

    Thank you for laying this out in a simple, clear method Mary! Using your plan, hopefully I can put together my quilt a big faster than in the past.

  9. Karen Bonk

    Mary, this is an awesome tutorial. I hope you will consider listing this on your sidebar as a reference. I never would have attempted something like this in the past, but your instructions make it seem much simpler. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sandy

    Me too. I rarely do sashing cause it never seems to come out right. I understand exactly what you’re saying …. thanks.

  11. Cindy in NC

    I got about half way through making blocks for my next quilt when I decided they would look better with sashing, so I am doing it the old fashioned way. As usual, your tutorial is clear, concise, and beautifully illustrated. I will definitely use this method in the future. Are you sure you weren’t a teacher, not a nurse, in your previous life?

  12. Sharon

    That’s exactly how I always do it, too. Also learned from a Mary Ellen Hopkins book many years ago to put blocks together, whether sashed or not, in her twosie, foursie method. It’s much easier than sewing together a lot of long rows.

  13. mary claire

    I like your idea and tried it yesterday! I had some trouble with knowing which way to press the seams. Can you help?

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