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Thread: How wide do you typically make your sashing?

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    Last night I was at JoAnn's looking for a 1-1/2" template (to make a 1" sashing) to make the sashing for an I Spy quilt and all I could find was a 2". I wound up getting it, but I'm thinking that a 1-1/2" might be too wide - ? Maybe it would be good for a bigger quilt....

    I also could not find a 5" square template - they had 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 but no 5" - was it just the particular JoAnn's or is this hard to find?

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    5" templates are not commonly available, to my knowledge.

    The sashing size will depend upon your block size. My DD, and art major, has suggested a multiple of the block size to maintain proportion. 1.5" (2" cut size) would be 1/2 of a 3", or 1/4 of a 6" block.

    If your block is 5" finished, I think the 1" finished size sashing would be good. Sorry I can't tell you where to find a 1.5" wide ruler. I haven't seen them. Perhaps someone else will know where to look.

    Good luck finding one!

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    Ugh. I thought a 5" cut square was pretty standard. I have so much to learn.

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    My JoAnn's was out of them too when I looked last night... I think it is because they just ran a 50% off sale on their notions :wink:
    Sashing can be any width...it depends on the size of the blocks, the look you are going for... really a personal preference :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    Ugh. I thought a 5" cut square was pretty standard. I have so much to learn.
    You can find them, they just are not as readily available...and they seem to sell quickly :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    Last night I was at JoAnn's looking for a 1-1/2" template (to make a 1" sashing) to make the sashing for an I Spy quilt and all I could find was a 2". I wound up getting it, but I'm thinking that a 1-1/2" might be too wide - ? Maybe it would be good for a bigger quilt....

    I also could not find a 5" square template - they had 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 but no 5" - was it just the particular JoAnn's or is this hard to find?
    Normally you would not use a template to cut strips or squares. You would use a ruler to cut a strip of fabric the desired width (whether 1-1/2" or 5"), then "subcut" the long strip into squares.

    Square templates are usually used to square up pieced blocks, which can get "wonky" from the sewing and pressing.

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    Oh my. I think I need a class so someone can hold my hand and show me exactly what to do. I keep thinking I have it figured out.

    Thanks for all your advice - I think I will do some more reading and searching before I dare cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    Oh my. I think I need a class so someone can hold my hand and show me exactly what to do. I keep thinking I have it figured out.

    Thanks for all your advice - I think I will do some more reading and searching before I dare cut.
    This is a terrific site for learning such things.
    Go to the top of this page and see the blue lettering under the title?
    If you click on the "search" word, a box will come up so you can type in the word of the topic you are looking for. Click on search and every time that topic is mentioned, you will find a page coming up with a list of the site pages to click on, go to and read for information.
    How fun! A newbie to encourage

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    If you line your fabric up (doubled or tripled, you can cut your fabric 1-1/2" with your wide 6x24" (mine is a Fiskars) ruler. This, along with the mat and rotary cutter is one of the tools my mother, the quilter, (age93 yrs young) says is THE most important. I use it for my vertical sashing, my horizontal sashing (which is much much longer), my borders (4-1/2") and my binding (2-1/2" unfolded). Works like a charm. Edie

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    I don't generally do sashing as I prefer my blocks to make secondary designs where they join.

    Sashing is a quilter's preference, though generally based on the size of your blocks.

    Can't you just strip cut the sashing pieces? The corner stones are usually square and may be small block themselves or plain squares as your preference warrants. For simple blocks I'd use a plain corner stone. You don't want the sashing to overpower the blocks; just set them off.

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    I have done that also, but for certain types of quilts, like the memory quilts or Sampler quilts I always use sashing to more or less change the subject and for these quilts I also like the four inch border because it then becomes a picture in a frame. Sometimes I put sashing around the frame of the quilt and then do a border. It all depends on how you like it. I was more or less telling my way of cutting the sashing and that ruler that is a godsend for the sashing, border and binding. Edie

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    Most of my sashing is about 1 1/2. I never really thought about it, but I just cut what looks good to my eyes for each particular project.

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    I had the local glass shop make me templates from pexi glass. It's cheap and great for square ups.

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    You can see by the picture (avatar) of the baby quilt that would have looked horrible with sashing, between the blocks, but it does work around the quilt and then with the border and then you can see about 1-1/2" of the binding.

    It's fun, isn't it to do your own thing. I have gotten now to where I have a reputation with my quilts. "It's an Edie quilt." I generally put my personality, love and my own coloring of the design of the block. And it reeks through!!!!!!!! I try to make happy quilts. I really don't follow any color pattern. I just do my own thing and go upon my merry way. Each little square has a meaning.

    I made a Memory Quilt - took over a year to make, but each little square was a part of my life and the grandkids like for me to explain the blocks to them. "Oh, this is Christmas in the 50's - 1959 in particular when I met ;your grandfather. I got a little snockered at the Christmas party at work and had to play the organ for the Children's Christmas Program and I walked in, got my robe on, sat at the organ, turned it on, pulled the stops and AWAY I WENT!!!!! I played Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for the first and only time in my life without a mistake." So every time I look at that block with Christmas trees, holly and bells and music notes all in a retro style of the 50's, I have the most wonderful memory. I lremember my Mom gave me a greasy pork chop to eat before I got to the church so I wouldn't get sick. And then the Superintendent of the Sunday School also had a glow on! Every one should make their own memory quilt - lots of fussy cutting to get just the right memory out of a piece of fabric.

    Sorry for carrying on. Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    Most of my sashing is about 1 1/2. I never really thought about it, but I just cut what looks good to my eyes for each particular project.
    Hey, good idea!!!!!! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I had the local glass shop make me templates from pexi glass. It's cheap and great for square ups.
    Sorry, I screwed up. I like your idea for the templates. I am going to have to try that at our local hardware store. Edie

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    Edie - you can "carry on" anytime - loved your story! :-D

    And BellaBoo - that is a great idea! I don't need to measure with it anyway and that is MUCH more affordable!

    I totally understand about how the sashing can take away from the overall pattern between the blocks. I think the separation looks cool for the I Spy quilt though - and the crumb squares I'm working on will definitely need sashing to give the eye a rest. But I have others in the plans that would not work as well with sashing.

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    I just make them what ever size I want.

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