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Thread: Corner stones in your sashing made easy

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    Corner stones in your sashing made easy

    A neighbor, new to quilting, was over this morning as I was making the sashing for a wonky quilt. She asked why I was making the pieces as I was, and explained it was an easy way to make the little corner stones. I used to make the sashing the width of the quilt, but find I have much more control on lining the little corner stone up the way they need to be.

    Sew the one strip on to one side, the right side in the picture. My block is 12-1/2" square and this strip is 2-1/2" x 12-1/2".

    For the other side, I sew a piece of cornerstone fabric that is 2-1/2" wide by a length of fabric that is 12-1/2" wide. Press. Cut into pieces 2-1/2" long as you see at the bottom of the picture. Sew one of these pieces to the bottom of your block.

    Then all I have to do is sew together the blocks and it's easy to do any adjusting is something was cut a smidgen off.

    Hope this encourages anyone (like I used to be!) who is scared of getting cornerstones to look good. [II love the added dimension these little blocks make.
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    Thank you for that, you make it sound so easy too!
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    Sometimes I will do it that way, sometimes make a long strip of sashing/cornerstone/sashing/cornerstone for the number of blocks I need. Kind of depends on how 'wonky' my 'regular' blocks might be!

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    This is my favorite and recommended method. It works so well.

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    This is how I usually do it. Seems to be easier than dealing with those long skinny strips.
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    Thank you, that looks encouraging

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    I am just about to do some corners on a quilt and will try this. Thanks

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    Sorry, but I do not see any blocks...only wonky. I can understand "word descriptions" best if accompanied by pictures or drawings. Did I miss something?

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    Very cool! Thx so much and this will be easy to remember.

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    Grammie, the wonky 12-1/2" block is shown with a 12-1/2" x 2-1/2" strip at the right, and the final piece as described at the bottom of the picture. Sewn together, it completes the block.
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    this is the finished child's quilt top at 40" x 54"
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    I almost always use cornerstones - sometimes with the same fabric. I think that giving a seam to match to makes eerything come out more even.

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    That sure makes it easy. Thanks for sharing
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    Thank you! I'm going to start adding cornerstone this way from now on!

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    PaintmeJudy,
    Now I can see...it looks so huge on my Kindle Fire little screen that it didn't look like a block to me. The lower portion was not visible at all, until I did a scroll just now. Thanks for being patient with me.
    Yes, a good way to do cornerstones, I agree!
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    Great way to make those blocks...Thanks..

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    Thanks, I needed this.

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    I just did my first one, as I was a little intimidated by the work, but it wasn't that hard. This is just the top I finished yesterday for my youngest GD.
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    Love it, so how are you quilting it? I am still wondering about how to do mine.

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    This is absolutely brilliant. The sashing just becomes an element of each block. I love the look of corner stones but hate working with that long narrow strip with the squares in between. Thanks so much.

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    Hi judy,
    This is the way I make them too. It is much easier than the long seams that have to match up. But pressing the long seams with opposing pressed seams helps align them too. I do it the other way if I have to.
    All that being said, What a nice easter gift to learn a new easier way to set those borders. I wish I had a neighbor that quilts. Lucky you!
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    Great explanation and appreciate the pictures. I am making a note of this post so I come back and reference in a few days when I start to sash a fairly difficult quilt in the next couple of days. Thanks!!!
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    Thanks for explaining that paintmejudy... I could have used that a few weeks ago when I was putting sashings on a quilt.
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    This looks like I could do it, thanks so much!
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    Have always done my sashing/cornerstones this way, too.

    Thanks for posting the technique! I adore your quilt.
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