Friday, June 16, 2006

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.


Here's the body of the quilt all sewn together.



Tomorrow I'll pick out borders.

7 Comments:

Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

Thanks for the tip. Anyone who is planning on making a Dear Jane should take note...it really helps when it comes to putting thos blocks together!

Love the red, white and blue! Perfect for July!

Siobhan

9:34 AM  
Blogger anne bebbington said...

Clever trick - putting the sashings and cornerstones in can be a real turn off and encourage ufo's - looking lovely

11:26 AM  
Blogger ForestJane said...

Ohhhhh, I really like this one, both the woven looking block and the diagonal line of the little squares!

Neat trick for sashings too! Thanks!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh very cool trick! And you get to see what it is going to kind of look like before you get it all done! I LOVE this quilt! What a fun pattern!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Fiona said...

Thanks for the tip - I'll remember it next time I use sashings and cornerstones.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Fiona said...

Thanks for the tip - I'll remember it next time I use sashings and cornerstones.

2:08 PM  
Blogger cher said...

I like sewing tops together that way too...figured it out on my own a while ago and boy does it make it easier! love this top...

10:43 AM  

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