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Thread: QAYG With Wide Sashing-- How I Do It

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    QAYG With Wide Sashing-- How I Do It

    Many of us have our own method of QAYG. I have previously posted my method for narrow join QAYG. Here is how I do wide sashing QAYG. I took pics as I assembled it, so they may help with understanding the process, for anyone who is interested.

    Mine is a 9 block quilt, 3x3. I used 3" sashings and borders. Top and bottom sashings were different. This photo shows the top and bottom sashings clipped to the right edge of a first block of a row of 3, right sides towards the block. The same will be done with the second block.


    This shows the back side of this step.


    Sew 1/4" seam and press sashing pieces away from the block. Trim top and bottom edges of sash even with the block. Then press under 1/4" on the long edge of the top sash. Repeat this step with the second block in this row.


    Join the first block to the second... peel back the front sash and sew only the back sash to the right side of the second block, 1/4" seam.


    Open out the second block and press the seam allowances towards the sashing between the blocks. With the two seams pressed in, this leaves a 2" gap that you will fill with a batting strip. Cut the batting 2" wide x length of your block.


    Pat the batting strip in, between the seam allowances, so it is 'nested' with no overlap.


    (Picture insisted on loading sideways), but close the top sash and pin the folded edge just over the stitching line on the block.


    Then in the best matching thread you can find, topstitch close to the fold edge. Trim top and bottom of sash even with the blocks. Repeat this for the joining of the second block to the third block. Then join all of your horizontal rows in this same manner.


    Here are my 3 horizontal rows all joined. Now the rows will be joined in exactly the same manner as the blocks, with only one additional thing to consider: be sure to mark the intersections on the sashing so that your vertical sashings line up. When they are 'off' it's very unsightly, so take an extra minute to get this right. Here are my two sashings, right sides towards the row, ready to be sewn. Sew a 1/4" seam and press open as you did for the vertical sashings.


    (more in the next post, below.)
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    Repeat to join the next row. Then your "center" should be complete, like this:

    You can bind your quilt at this point if you want to, but I think it looks more balanced if you add the same width border all around. To add the border, I used Marti Michell's "encased seam" technique. It's basically the same as putting on sashings, only you need to sew the batting strip onto the backing piece first. Cut the battings 2.5" and sew them on the backing part of the border, but 1/2" away from the joining seam. Then pin the border front and back to the edge of the quilt and sew with a 1/4" seam. When you press it open, the seam will be smooth with no bump and no gap. I do this on two opposite sides, and then the second two opposite sides. Then you have this, all ready to bind:


    And here is the back view:


    Don't forget to sew on top of the sashings, to hold the batting in place during washings. I like to do curlique lines, but straight lines or any other design is fine too. It doesn't take much.

    Here is my quilt after quilting the sashings and border with a simple leaf vine.

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    Last step is to add your binding. Enjoy!
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    thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial
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    ​Well done!

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    Nice, clear instructions. Thanks for taking the time to show the process. I know trying to explain it to someone who is a beginner- new to the process can sometimes confuse them more than help. Your pictures are great.
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    This is a very good tutorial. It's simple, and shows every step in such detail that there are no questions to ask afterward. Job well done.
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    Thank you, everyone.
    Even tho I have a long arm machine now, I still like do a QAYG quilt every now and then, to use up left over batting pieces. Plus, it's fun.

    This is the quilt finished, with binding:

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    Thank you for the tutorial. I have never tried QAG but also could not get my head around how it works. Now, better. Seeing is much better than just hearing for me. I can see where this technique can have it's place in our tool box of quilting skills. Perfect for some quilts for sure.

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    Thanks for the wonderful tute. Where can I find the one for narrow join?

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    Quote Originally Posted by linmid View Post
    Thanks for the wonderful tute. Where can I find the one for narrow join?
    Here you go... It's basically the same except the quilted blocks end up butted right up against each other, so there is no inserting batting in the joining strips as with the wide sashings.


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    Thanks for a very nice tutorial.

    You lost me with the last border though. I guess I need pictures. I didn't understand the 1/2" away part, I guess.

    Very pretty quilt, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ View Post
    Thanks for a very nice tutorial.

    You lost me with the last border though. I guess I need pictures. I didn't understand the 1/2" away part, I guess.

    Very pretty quilt, too!
    DJ, you sew the batting edge 1/2" away from the edge that will be seamed to the quilt. You need that big a gap because you will lose 1/4" when you seam it on, and then when you turn it you need the other 1/4" of the gap for the block edge to lie in. Everything ends up lying flat, with no gaps and no bump. Trust me, it works!
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    I'm using this method currently on a baby quilt. My blocks are 12.5" unfinished, so I cut my batting and backing 12.5" . I guess I'm over quilting the blocks, because they are all about 1/4" smaller when done. Do you think that will cause a problem when I add my sashing?

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
    I'm using this method currently on a baby quilt. My blocks are 12.5" unfinished, so I cut my batting and backing 12.5" . I guess I'm over quilting the blocks, because they are all about 1/4" smaller when done. Do you think that will cause a problem when I add my sashing?

    Thanks for sharing your tutorial!
    Hi NZ! That "shrinkage" always happens from the quilting. Once you have them all quilted, you need to settle on a size for all of the blocks and trim them the same. Once my 12.5" blocks are quilted I usually have to trim them all to 12.25". If I quilted them more heavily they may "shrink" even more. Just as long as you end up with all your blocks the same size, the sashings will work fine.
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    Thanks for sharing the process! Nicely done!
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