Tip of the Day
As I was setting my blocks together tonight, I realized that I was using a technique that I learned a few years ago and you may not know about. I only watched Fons and Porter on TV a couple of times, but this was a tip I learned that really makes a difference for me when setting a quilt with sashing and cornerstones.
As I finish my blocks, I go ahead and add the sashing and a cornerstone to the bottom and righ hand side of the block.
Then, when I put the blocks on the design wall, I only have 12 units to shuffle. If I move blocks around, I can move a whole sashed unit. As you can see, the sashing and cornerstones have yet to be added to the left hand side and top of the quilt. I will add those as I put the blocks together. Another benefit to pre-sashing is that I can put the quilt together in segments, instead of long rows. I hate sewing long seams, and I tend to put quilts together in quadrants to minimize sewing long seams.