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Thread: Problems with sashing on dresden plate quilt

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    I am working on a dresden plate quilt and wanted to add sashing between the blocks to make the quilt a little larger and to break up the design a little. (Making king size)

    The blocks are 22" square and I made 5 rows of 4 blocks with 6" sashing between (anything narrower looks puny). And laying it out my rows all line up, but when I try to add my sashing between the long rows i created i am ending up several inches off at the bottom. I have only tried sewing 2 of the rows together so not sure if the rest will line up or not, but with the size i would rather not rip out to much unless necessary.

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    Can't see a picture.

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    Here is a picture:

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    Are you sewing your rows across or vertical?

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    A bigger picture (showing more of the quilt) would be helpful.

    Are you measuring and pinning the sashing to the quilt top?

    Or did you just put right sides together, match at the starting point, and sew to the end?
    'Cause that is going to cause a multitude of problems.

    I'll be watching for the additional pictures.

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    I did the sashing vertical rows first as the quilt is 4 blocks wide. Now attempting the horizontal rowes to put the 5 rows of blocks together. I'm trying to do the horizontal rows as solid long strips instead of making corner pieces.

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    you must press your row, then measure it for the horizontal sashing strip.
    then lay it on the row matching the ends, and pin. then match the center and pin. it necessary (if long row) pin in between also. pins help and don't use an extremely tight stitch.
    also use a foot that allows the fabric to move easily under the foot.
    this one shows corner stones-
    http://www.synthcom.com/~val/Quilts/Tutorials/AddingSashing.html

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    As Nativetexan said, you have to pin and pin.

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    Can you post a bigger picture so we can see the whole thing?

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    Looks like a walking foot is in order. I always get uneven seams without my walking foot no matter how careful I am or how much I pin.

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    Are you pre-measuring and cutting your sashing strips? You really need to do that; otherwise quilts tend to "grow" in unwanted ways.

    Another question: have you pinned two rows together without sashing just to make sure that your rows are of equal lengths?

    Also, are you marking the wrong side of your sashing before sewing two rows together? If not, that should help. After adding sashing to the bottom of the first row, turn it over and (using a pencil and ruler) mark the seam lines into the sashing strip. Pin the next row to that sashing strip before sewing, matching the seams on the 2nd row with the lines you have marked on the sashing. If the sashing is a little full, ease the sashing to match the new row. If a block in the new row has a little excess fabric, ease that to the sashing. Doing this will ensure that your blocks are all lined up with each other.

    If you do this without pre-measuring and pre-cutting the long sashing strip, I think you will find that you have excess sashing to ease in on every block.

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    My first questions would be - did you square each block up before you started? That can make an extreme difference. It appears that you are sewing all the way across or down your rows with a single piece of fabric. I have found that you will come up with different sizes and will be unhappy. If you measure your sashing to the exact size (i.e. 6" x 22" - if that's what the smallest block measures to) and sew on that on one both sides, then sew the 6X22 plus the block that should be 6x6 on the opposite side - you may have better results - anyway I find I have better results when I do it that way. I have a quilt top right now I have to take totally apart that I did in many years ago past and have kind of the same issues going on because I wasn't precise and when I look at it today I can't stand it (LOL).

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