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Thread: Sashing help please!

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    Sashing help please!

    I am having problems getting the sashing to line up on this quilt top. Any suggestions on how to fix this? My feeling is that my seam ripper and I will be getting reaquainted!
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    oh my, even i have trouble at times with doing that. I lay one on top and peek underneath often and pin, pin, pin.
    it ain't easy! yes, you will have to try again. match centers, pin, peek, pin. match ends, pin, and so on inbetween.
    good luck.

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    It looks like your blocks may have some bias edges which can cause them to stretch. Take it apart, starch and iron your blocks, check to make sure they all measure the same before trying to re-sash. When doing sashes you need to pin well and ease in any extra fabric so that the blocks all line up with the pre-determined length of the long sashing pieces. When ripping out long stretches of sewing, I like to cut one side of the bobbin sewing thread (use a ripper or pointed snips) every 3 to 4 stitches. This allows me to pull the whole top thread and it will come right apart.

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    I have the same problem. I started laying the long sashing piece and marking with fabric pencil where to pin. Sometimes I just put cornerstones, if I want sashing all the same color I use same fabric for the cornerstone. Adds a couple more seams but I don't think it is so noticeable when quilited and it is so much easier to line up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    oh my, even i have trouble at times with doing that. I lay one on top and peek underneath often and pin, pin, pin.
    it ain't easy! yes, you will have to try again. match centers, pin, peek, pin. match ends, pin, and so on inbetween.
    good luck.
    this is the method i use, too
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    I cheat and use cornerstones, even if the cornerstone and sashing are the same fabric. That's the only way I can keep everthing aligned, by matching the seams.
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    Here's my method for lining up sashing strips, assuming the blocks are somewhat uniform.

    Sew the first row together. Sew the long line of sashing underneath that row. Turn it over. Using a ruler and pencil, extend each block's seam lines by *marking* that long line of sashing. Basically these are virtual seam lines in the long sashing strip.

    Sew the next row together. When sewing this row to the long sashing strip, first match each seam line to each sashing mark and pin. When you sew this row on to the sashing strip, ease or stretch as necessary to keep those pins lined up.

    Believe me, this method works and it's easy to do.

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    First of all make sure all your blocks are the same size. I am making a quilt with sashes and cornerstones. I hate all the pains of getting everything to match up. I try not to pick a quilt like that but, seems I keep doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Here's my method for lining up sashing strips, assuming the blocks are somewhat uniform.

    Sew the first row together. Sew the long line of sashing underneath that row. Turn it over. Using a ruler and pencil, extend each block's seam lines by *marking* that long line of sashing. Basically these are virtual seam lines in the long sashing strip.

    Sew the next row together. When sewing this row to the long sashing strip, first match each seam line to each sashing mark and pin. When you sew this row on to the sashing strip, ease or stretch as necessary to keep those pins lined up.

    Believe me, this method works and it's easy to do.
    Instead of using a ruler and pencil/pen, you can also fold the long sashing strip and finger press the extension of the block seam...different techniques.
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    Did you square your blocks to be the same size before you added the sashing?
    Did you cut the sashing to the row width before adding it or did you just add a length of a strip?
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    You could go back and take up the seams to get them to fit. Sometimes it just a matter of your seam going off the quarter inch at the end of the line of stitching. I am really bad about this and am trying to stay aware when I finish a seam. It's the easiest way I found to do it.

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    If you press your seams to one side and nestle them, it helps...there is less margin for error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It looks like your blocks may have some bias edges which can cause them to stretch. Take it apart, starch and iron your blocks, check to make sure they all measure the same before trying to re-sash. When doing sashes you need to pin well and ease in any extra fabric so that the blocks all line up with the pre-determined length of the long sashing pieces. When ripping out long stretches of sewing, I like to cut one side of the bobbin sewing thread (use a ripper or pointed snips) every 3 to 4 stitches. This allows me to pull the whole top thread and it will come right apart.
    Very well stated, couldn't say it any better.

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    Measure, Mark, and start your pinning in the middle of the quilt, ease between seams if needed.

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    Just wanted to say that I love your blocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Here's my method for lining up sashing strips, assuming the blocks are somewhat uniform.

    Sew the first row together. Sew the long line of sashing underneath that row. Turn it over. Using a ruler and pencil, extend each block's seam lines by *marking* that long line of sashing. Basically these are virtual seam lines in the long sashing strip.

    Sew the next row together. When sewing this row to the long sashing strip, first match each seam line to each sashing mark and pin. When you sew this row on to the sashing strip, ease or stretch as necessary to keep those pins lined up.

    Believe me, this method works and it's easy to do.
    I use this method. It works beautifully every time.

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    Had this problem on one of the first quilts I made ... I quickly became quite a "cover up" artist ... created small hearts in a contrasting color and hand sewed them over the wonky intersections. LOL Process solved the issue and the quilt looked o.k.
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    This may be a silly question, but what are cornerstones?

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