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Thread: How to align blocks with sashing when you don't want cornerstones

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    It is very easy to keep your blocks aligned when using sashing strips, even if you don't use cornerstones.

    Create your rows as usual, with a sashing strip between each block. Add sashing to the bottom of your first row of blocks. Turn this row to the wrong side and using a pencil and ruler, mark every block seam on the wrong side of the bottom sashing strip.

    When you add your next row of sashed blocks, pin first so that each new block seam aligns with a mark on the sashing strip. If you have a little excess fabric in a block, ease that block to fit the sashing. If the sashing has a little excess fabric in it, ease the sashing to the block.

    The pencil marks take the place of cornerstones so that when you are finished, all of your blocks are lined up from row to row.

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    Thank you for the great tip!!! :D:D:D

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    Thanks I'll give it a try!

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    :thumbup: THANKS :thumbup: I never thought of that :oops:

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    thanks prism; I have avoided sashings wo cornerstones--now I won't!

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    That is a really great tip. Thanks

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    That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    Good tip, Prism99, on the sashing without cornerstones. They are a bit difficult to make look good, so I am probably like others, do it the easy way, with... cornerstones. I need to file this in important info and USE IT NEXT TIME.... soon......

    thanks. Julie

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    thanks for a great tip, I am just about to start something like that and was puzzling about how to do it!

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    How cool! I'll have to give this a try as I have just finished the rows for a flannel quilt and measured the sashing strips and am ready to sew them on! Being an inexperienced quilter, I hadn't even thought of the blocks not lining up without cornerstones...

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    What a cool idea! I have struggled w/ this for years! You're a genius.

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    Wonderful tute !!

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    I'll bet there are a lot of us who have been avoiding sashing strips where we could. Thanks for a neat, and easy idea to solve that problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    It is very easy to keep your blocks aligned when using sashing strips, even if you don't use cornerstones.

    Create your rows as usual, with a sashing strip between each block. Add sashing to the bottom of your first row of blocks. Turn this row to the wrong side and using a pencil and ruler, mark every block seam on the wrong side of the bottom sashing strip.

    When you add your next row of sashed blocks, pin first so that each new block seam aligns with a mark on the sashing strip. If you have a little excess fabric in a block, ease that block to fit the sashing. If the sashing has a little excess fabric in it, ease the sashing to the block.

    The pencil marks take the place of cornerstones so that when you are finished, all of your blocks are lined up from row to row.
    Would you be so kind as to show us a photo of this? Thanks

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    Sorry, I'm computer-challenged when it comes to posting pictures. Not to mention that I can never find a digital camera in the house when I need one, thanks to my teenaged dd!

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    Great tip! Straight forward, useful directions in concise format. Thank you :-)

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    Thanks!!!

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    Thanks for the tip. :thumbup:

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    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    It is very easy to keep your blocks aligned when using sashing strips, even if you don't use cornerstones.

    Create your rows as usual, with a sashing strip between each block. Add sashing to the bottom of your first row of blocks. Turn this row to the wrong side and using a pencil and ruler, mark every block seam on the wrong side of the bottom sashing strip.

    When you add your next row of sashed blocks, pin first so that each new block seam aligns with a mark on the sashing strip. If you have a little excess fabric in a block, ease that block to fit the sashing. If the sashing has a little excess fabric in it, ease the sashing to the block.

    The pencil marks take the place of cornerstones so that when you are finished, all of your blocks are lined up from row to row.

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    Good idea, am going to try it today.

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    Well, smack me and call me dufus! I used no corner stones the first time I used sashing on a quilt, thinking cornerstones would be harder! I figured out your 'matching method' on my own out of desperation. After reading your tutorial, I can see how much easier it would have been with cornerstones! Amazing, you taught a lesson you didn't even intend to. Aren't you clever! :thumbup:

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    Thanks prism..a great concept! pab

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    Now was that timely. I have the rows sewn on my DS and soon to be DIL wedding quilt. Now to match it all. With your tute I will be off to a good start. Now why did I not think of that. LOL So obvious!

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    Thanks. You make it "seam" so easy! :-)

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