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Thread: How to piece my blocks with mostly short seams

  1. #1
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    Jan 2019

    How to piece my blocks with mostly short seams

    I have a quilt top with 25 blocks which I am sashing. I want to sew it together with only one long row. I'm hoping this will keep it straight. I have already started sewing 4 blocks together in each corner. I'm trying to attach a picture but it won't upload.

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    Mar 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    I usually piece sashed blocks in the way it will lay on the bed. If I am going to be looking at it at the foot of the bed, I sash the lengthwise rows so as I look down the rows that are straight. If the bed is going to be viewed from the side, I sash it crosswise. I also use lots of pins and ease in any fullness so that the sashing matches perfectly. Good luck!

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    I've never sashed one long row. I was taught to sash as I joined the block. Both ways are always straight.
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    Power Poster feline fanatic's Avatar
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    You most likely need to resize your photo so it is a much smaller file size. Most photo viewing programs have this capability.
    Regarding sashing, it is challenging to sash the way you describe. The challenge is keeping the blocks lined up on either side of the long sashing strip. Use a ruler and mark the wrong side of the sashing where the blocks are already attached, marking the side of the sashing where the new row of blocks connect. Pin (a lot) or glue to keep them lined up as you piece it. I prefer to use cornerstones but there are situations where you want an uninterrupted sashing. Even in those cases I will often have seams in the sashing and sash the blocks as I go. Peckish posted a great example of how to do that a while back. Hopefully she sees this post and will repost her technique. If you still want a long sashing strip, take your time, mark and pin and you should be ok.

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    Aug 2018
    Near Seattle, WA
    I guess you didn't like my columns in your earlier thread

    From what I understand you want and have, this is how I would do the blocks to have only one 5 block seam.
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