Sensational Sashing Introduction

If you haven’t already read it scroll down to the article about how wide sashing should be.

The sashing illustrated there is simple, solid strips with solid cornerstones.

What if we make the sashing the main feature of the quilt top, rather than just the boring bit which goes between the blocks?

Lets make the sashing half the width of the blocks.

Dark corner squares with lighter sashing strips ………..

……….. and in reverse, the plain sashing options are a bit overbearing when they get too wide!

The sashing could be broken up a bit to make it a little more sympathetic to the blocks ……

…….. and the sashing squares can be broken up too, but it is still rather boring.

It would take some sensational fabric to make this exciting.

How about breaking the strips and corner blocks in more ways, and why don’t we twist the sashing over, under and around blocks.

Perhaps this series could have been called Tangled Sashing!

And let’s just throw a few blocks into the sashing, so that we get elongated blocks

I need a few blocks to use as blocks too, though perhaps they might become interchangeable.

I did ask what if the sashing was the feature of the quilt top!

Notice the sashing joining the blocks inside the cross?

Take note of where the seam lines between sashing and blocks are, because this will be the last time you see them.

I am using black and off-white, so you have to imagine your own colour schemes, but I am going to have fun!

The first installment of the series, Sensational Sashing, is coming here … tomorrow!

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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6 Responses to Sensational Sashing Introduction

  1. Donna says:

    I am loving this series already! The sashing can be such an intregal part of the whole design, just as a blah border can spoil a lot of lovely design work.


    • Donna,

      It is going to be a fun ride …. especially as EQ have added some rather interesting sahing to their block library! I had this almost ready to start posting when EQ7 arrived, but decided to go ahead with what I had done and incorporate the new stuff later on.

      Both sashing and borders are a big part of the overall design … and both can be blah, and both can be overwhelming. The overwhelming is why I am not using too many blocks between the sashing in this series. There will be more tomorrow!

      Judy B


  2. cat says:

    Oh my ears and whiskers! This is much too compurrlicated for a mere cat! The last one looks like a tile on the floor of a church though and I rather like it.


  3. Judy

    I like your idea of making sashing play a greater roll in s quilt design. And I like your idea of blurring the boundary between what is a block and what is sashing. These ideas have all sorts of potential.

    I can’t wait (well I can, but I don’t want to) to see what you come up with.


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