How wide should the sashing be?

If the blocks above are 12 inches square, the sashing is 1 inch wide.

Often considered a little small it looks OK to me, and would be best with identical blocks.

I would use this more as part of the overall design rather than as something to keep the blocks separate.

If all the blocks were different I think I would like to separate them more than this.

Double the width, and it still looks OK to me.

The sashing is now a feature in its own right.

I would use this width to separate similar, but not identical, applique blocks.

Now we are up to 3 inch wide sashing between 12 inch square blocks.

I still like it, but it is fairly unlikely I would choose to use it between identical blocks, though I rather like it between these Nine Patch blocks.

However, if I had a collection of very different pieced blocks to put together as a sampler quilt this would probably be my choice.

I am about to start a new series of virtual designs with a focus on sashing, so don’t go too far away!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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