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Thread: What size sashing

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    Super Member miss_ticky2's Avatar
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    Hi..I'm still new to quilting and I'm in the process of making 9" square blocks for a quilt for our queen bed. They're kind of crazy quilted and all different, in various creams and beiges. I'm going to do enough blocks to not quite cover the top of the bed (to make them a feature - about 20 I think) and then I'll do something different on the side and ends of the quilt.

    I want to separate each block with sashing (I think that's the word for it - where you have a strip of fabric separating each block). I am going to do the sashing in a plain cream/beige colour. I'm wondering what would be a suitable width of sashing for blocks of that size. I was thinking 1" but now I'm wondering if that might be a little narrow. I don't want it to look too narrow, but I don't want it looking over wide either. What do you think?

    There's a pic of a couple of the blocks if that helps

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    I find that I can only decide on sashing width by actually playing with a few different options and then deciding which look I like best. I usually "audition" sashing using 4 or 6 blocks and lying them out trying different widths of the fabric I plan to use. The good news is that personal preference is the "right" choice. If you like the look then it is perfect.

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    I don't know about the sashing, but I am definitely drooling over your blocks! They are gorgeous!!!!!!!!

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    Personally I'd go with 2" sashing and I also go with a little darker color if you want the blocks to pop. If you want the the overall look to be light then go with the beige. I usually "audition" my sashing and cornerstones by laying different fabrics between my blocks you could also do that with different widths.

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    Beautiful blocks. Be sure and post photos of the finished quilt.

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    Your blocks are georgeous!! As to sashing size, I think that is kind of a personal choice. After you get a few more blocks made, you could lay them out on a sheet or a yard or so of your sashing fabric, if you have that much, and space them 1" apart, then 1 1/2" apart and so on until you are pleased with the way it looks. It also can depend on the finished size you want your quilt to be, or in your case the size of the top of the bed the quilt is going on. Please post pictures when you finish. Again, your block are very interesting.

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    beautiful blocks,i agree with all its personal choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    I don't know about the sashing, but I am definitely drooling over your blocks! They are gorgeous!!!!!!!!
    Ditto on the blocks!!!

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    I agree with trying different size sashing until you find one you like. BTW your blocks are beautiful.

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    The blocks are beautiful :thumbup:

    The sashing is a personal decision :lol: Do as others suggested do a couple ( you don't need to sew them just lay them out and pin ) and see what you like best :thumbup:

    Keep us updated, would love to see how it comes out :mrgreen:

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    miss_ticky2 not to change the subject but I just noticed your fur baby and almost cried. When I was a teenager I had a cat that was identical to yours. Her name was Krypton and she was loved. used to be a superman fan yrs. ago.

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    Those blocks are beautiful. I like 2 inch sashing but 1 inch is OK. Whatever looks best to you. Post a pic of the quilt when you are done. I can't wait to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    miss_ticky2 not to change the subject but I just noticed your fur baby and almost cried. When I was a teenager I had a cat that was identical to yours. Her name was Krypton and she was loved. used to be a superman fan yrs. ago.
    thanks cjomomma...this is Ticky, one of our 3. She is loved, despite being the most demanding, obnoxious human-come-kitty we've ever had...lol. But we would miss her if she wasn't here :)

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    Thanks everyone for the lovely comments and advice. Yes, I think I will play with different sizes and see what I like. I guess I kind of thought there would be a 'standard'...lol.

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    wow, love your blocks, when you get more blocks done maybe you can figure out what size for sashing

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    I am fairly new at quilting to and I always thought that it was a proportion thing, you know dividing into thirds etc but I soon realized that there are no rules or formulas that are considered standard, it is all down to personal interpretation, some large blocks have skinny sashing some smaller blocks have wider sashing, as has been already said, auditioning is the best way, you never know something unexpected could jump out and say, 'pick me'.

    On my current quilt for my DH he said he wanted yellow sashing, I thought yuck, I auditioned it among others and guess what, it looks great, so what do I know? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gal
    On my current quilt for my DH he said he wanted yellow sashing, I thought yuck, I auditioned it among others and guess what, it looks great, so what do I know? Lol

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    It is true sometimes what you decide will surprise you :D

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    i would suggest taking and laying the blocks out and trying out different sizes on the blocks to see which works and looks right. I think that you are probably going to end up going with about 2"'s or so. Just for balance of the quilt. but that is just me. I can't wait to see it finished.

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    Beautiful, Beautiful blocks! I agree with raptureready about choosing a sashing a little bit darker to make the blocks pop. I'd go 2 inches.

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    Thanks everyone. Hmmm...now I don't know what to do. I was going to go cream because I wanted a soft light look but now I'm wondering if I should look at something a little darker. I hadn't considered that. I already have all the cream fabric for it though. Ah..decisions...

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