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# Thread: How to put blocks on point with sashing,

1. Originally Posted by stitchesbyLA
Grannie Annie, I tried but couldnt figure this method out. Thanks for taking the time.
My mind works mathmatically------I don't even have to think about it. Let me try again.

Lay out about 9 blocks in the order you want------------3 rows of three---on a piece of paper or a table cloth. Now turn the paper a quarter turn to the top or to the bottom.

NOW YOU ARE ON POINT.

Decide which POINT will be your top and which will be your side. Follow the path of each of WHAT WAS YOUR SIDEWAYS ROW to add more blocks.

You'll stitch blocks together as always------in a long row----------but you'll lay them on the 45 degree line I told you to make first.

I apologize! I KNOW I have trouble telling people how to do this-----because I don't even have to think about it. My head KNOWS how to do it.

2. Originally Posted by Peckish
Slightly off-topic but still relevant - I have a technique for sashing that I really like. Sometimes it's hard to get the blocks lined up straight on the sashing, so I prefer to add sashing to each block. Instead of sewing long strips between each row, sew a border of sashing to each block. Here's a picture showing what I mean:

http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...06/Lynette.jpg
That was what I was trying to tell her by adding the sashing strips to the lower edges of each block before sewing them together. So much simpler IMO!

After these blocks are set together, it's very simple to see where a few additional sashing strips will need to be added to complete the quilt.

And, IMO, counting those bottom strips as part of the finished block pattern is only logical. That way you can make one determination of how many blocks-----------rather than how many blocks and "allow how much space for sashing??"

Corner stones are just treated as any other measurement.

3. Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
Originally Posted by Peckish
Slightly off-topic but still relevant - I have a technique for sashing that I really like. Sometimes it's hard to get the blocks lined up straight on the sashing, so I prefer to add sashing to each block. Instead of sewing long strips between each row, sew a border of sashing to each block. Here's a picture showing what I mean:

http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...06/Lynette.jpg
That was what I was trying to tell her by adding the sashing strips to the lower edges of each block before sewing them together.
Except I wasn't saying to add sashing strips to the LOWER edge of each block, I was saying to add sashing strips to EVERY edge of the block, all 4 of them. Then simply sew the blocks together, matching seams, and you have instant sashing.

Here's another picture, close-up this time so you can see what I mean. My friend made this quilt, and she added a third border on this block, but if you ignore it, and look instead at the first green border, then the dark red border, that shows what I'm talking about. She stopped each block at this point (didn't add the third border) and sewed them all together, at which point it looks like it has sashing.

http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...illow-sham.jpg

4. Originally Posted by Peckish
Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
Originally Posted by Peckish
Slightly off-topic but still relevant - I have a technique for sashing that I really like. Sometimes it's hard to get the blocks lined up straight on the sashing, so I prefer to add sashing to each block. Instead of sewing long strips between each row, sew a border of sashing to each block. Here's a picture showing what I mean:

http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...06/Lynette.jpg
That was what I was trying to tell her by adding the sashing strips to the lower edges of each block before sewing them together.

Except I wasn't saying to add sashing strips to the LOWER edge of each block, I was saying to add sashing strips to EVERY edge of the block, all 4 of them. Then simply sew the blocks together, matching seams, and you have instant sashing.

Here's another picture, close-up this time so you can see what I mean. My friend made this quilt, and she added a third border on this block, but if you ignore it, and look instead at the first green border, then the dark red border, that shows what I'm talking about. She stopped each block at this point (didn't add the third border) and sewed them all together, at which point it looks like it has sashing.

http://www.seamstobeyouandme.com/wor...illow-sham.jpg

Gotcha. But you're going to have seams down the middle of every sash. Which is fine if that's the look you want,

5. Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
Gotcha. But you're going to have seams down the middle of every sash. Which is fine if that's the look you want,
Yes, exactly. If you're using a solid or light colored fabric, you might not like the look. But if you're using dark or busy fabric, it works pretty well!

6. Okay, Thanks everyone. I got it figured out. It just took me a while. Then when I finally got it all layed out on point. I didnt like these particular blocks on point. So I ended up doing my originally plan. But now i know how to do it next time. All of your help, links and diagrams truly helped soooo much.

7. I knew that you would get a bunch of help on here. I just love this board.

8. Thanks for telling me about this board, Susie Quilter. I have enjoying myself. I even entered a swap. Keepin in stitches.

9. You are so welcome. You will find that you get less sewing done tho........I'm on here waaaayyyyyy to much.......lol

Originally Posted by stitchesbyLA
Thanks for telling me about this board, Susie Quilter. I have enjoying myself. I even entered a swap. Keepin in stitches.

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