Around the Block | Quilt Sashing

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Today is the day we will work on our quilt sashing for the Round Robin.  This is one of my favorite parts of doing these quilt alongs.  Until all the blocks are sewn, you really have no idea what to do with them or how to put them together.

After looking around for inspiration and looking at the blocks, the decision was made to keep it simple.  The quilt blocks are really busy…… plus my fabric is a little crazy too which only adds to the busy-ness.  So, simple it was kept.

Around the block round robin quilt along Quilt Sashing layout

The sashing was cut out using the same fabric as the background for most of the blocks.  This helped define the blocks and give a place where your eyes can rest.  To add a little bit of interest, a star was pieced at the intersections or corners of each quilt block.

For the stars, I used one fabric for the centers with a second fabric for the points {unless you can find the green point that snuck in there among them!}  Feel free to mix your fabric up and go scrappy, there are definitly no rules here.

Materials Needed:

Background fabric-

2— 79″ X 2 1/2″

2— 45″ X 2 1/2″

17— 2 1/2″ X 12 1 2/” strips

Center of stars-

6— 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″

Star points-

24— 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″

Star Point Quilt Sashing Instructions:

1)  Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the star point squares

corner triangle quilt sashing

2)  Pin the square – right sides facing on the sashing strip– notice that the drawn line will be on the top right side  or bottom left side of the strip. That way they will all spin the right direction.

3)  Sew on either side of the drawn line 1/4″

4)  Cut on the drawn line {save the second little half square triangle for another project} and iron

cornert riangle quilt sashing instructions

Repeat for the following pieces:

10 sashing strips— points are only at ONE end of the sashing strip

7 sashing strips— points are at BOTH ends of the sashing strip

Star Quilt Sashing Row Istructions:

1)  Sew a block, one sashing with points at each end, one block, one sashing with points at each end, one block into a row.  Repeat for 2 rows.

star sashing

2)  Sew a one sashing with a point at one end, one center block, one sashing with points at each end, a center block, and one sashing with one point in a row.  Repeat for 3 rows.


3)  Sew a block, one sashing with points at one end, one block, one sahing with a point at one end, one block into a row.  Repeat for 2 rows.

4)  Sew the rows together-  Rows from step 3 will be at the top and bottom, with rows from step 1 will be in the center.  They will be seperated by the sashing rows from step 2.  You can use the pictures of the whole quilt top as a reference for the order of blocks.  Feel free to play with your block placement before sewing them into the rows.

sashing around the block

4)  Add the outside borders- background fabric strips 79″ along the sides and 45″ along the top and bottom.   The sidesbeing sewn onto the quilt top first.

around the block sashing for the quilt | patchwork posse #quiltalong

This is part of the Round Robin Quilt Along Series– for previous blocks and for theschedule of designers.clickety click here.

Don’t forget to share your quilt tops in the gallery:  flickr group .  Can’t wait to see what you are sewing!

Round Robin 2014 | 12 designers | 12 Quilt Blocks |

Next week we will conquer the borders!  See you then!

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