10.0 Home Sewing Front – Quilt as You Go – Wide Sashing Tutorial – front sideJanuary 1, 2011
I want to thank Sandi from Quilt Cabana Corner for providing my blocks in the Quiltcast Supergroup Tilted Four Patch block swap.
She provided me with the nicest purple tilted blocks. I was thinking … this should make an easy and quick quilt.
The blocks have a light, dark and medium purple, all based in the red-purple family.
I had bought the crazy purple fabric I am trying out as sashing during our trip to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln. Same with the border (seen later)
It was a fabric I found in the bargain bin, but has both the red purple and the blue purple in flecks.
So I am putting in corner stones of blue purple.
And working on them quilt as you go! The first quilt-as-you-go project of mine.
I made the back the same size as the blocks, figuring I am adding this wide sashing to each side.
The batting sticks out an inch on each side because my finished sashing is two inches wide.
Yesterday I took my ‘New Year’s Eve holiday’ to quilt the blocks. First Free Motion Quilting in a while.
This gave me practice on the design that is going on the hurricane quilt. My corners got a free motion round stipple effect, which was much more fun, but much easier to start to speed up at the end.
Now the method of joining these were slightly different than Allison’s (of Within a Quarter Inch) method of joining the blocks. This being that the sashing still hasn’t been joined before quilting as you go.
The rest of the post is a tutorial on how I handled the wider sashing as quilt as you go. The front side. The back side of this quilt , I haven’t completed yet, so no pictures, but I KNOW how I want to finish it.
I am leaving the 1 inch of batting around each edge so the sashing can have some batting.
Sashing for this quilt is 2 and a half unfinished, 2 inches finished. 1 inch of batting from one block plus 1 inch of batting from second block should fill the 2 inch gap nicely. If you have wider sashing, leave more batting around each block.
So I start with sewing the sashing on 1 side of the block.
DO NOT cut batting down to the edge if you want there to be batting under your sashing.
Now to join the other completely quilted quilt block. Open the sashing. Flip this piece upside down. Put the other quilt block on the bottom and line up the raw sashing edge with the new quilt block edge.
Sew it, and open. Press. DO NOT cut batting down to the edge if you want there to be batting under your sashing. If you have over lap, go ahead and trim pu the batting so that it lays flat and butts up together.
Here is the front (actually picture taken before I pressed).
Sew the next sashing to the corner-stone (if you have one), pin it to one side of the double block. Sew.
Be careful. Even with a walking foot, I found the bottom more tightly sewn than the top.
The single piece of fabric on the top always seemed to have a harder time easing into the seam. So I had to hide the extra seam fabric in the corner-stone. This was lining up before I started sewing, but by the middle, my bottom fabric sandwich was much farther along in the machine than my top fabric. Pins helped, but did not prevent this.
Has to do with either my walking foot, or the extra layers, or both. I have suspected similar type problems with my walking foot when working on the bag, but perhaps this is natural?
We’ll repeat the process of flipping this set of 2 blocks over, and sewing the raw edge seam onto another group of two blocks (also pinned – pins not shown below).
At this time, I have the quilt as you go done on this point. I am working on the outside sashing and cornerstones.
I also have to quilt as you go my border fabric, which is just adorable. Or adorabibble as my friend says (she bought the same fabric on the same trip, unbeknownst to me).
First I have to go cut more batting down to size. I do have the borders size predetermined, and the outer sashing and corner stones will provide me a way to connect the inner quilt with the borders.
To complete the back, I have sashing that is the same size (no corner stones) and I am going to fold over a quarter inch on each edge and top stitch it onto the quilt. Like an extra wide bias tape.
However, I MAY have to make the sashing just about a quarter – half inch wider just to handle some variations in my fold as I am going along. But I suspect the current sashing is going to be adequate.
I should be able to update in a couple of days once I make sure I have figured out all the kinks in doing borders on quilt as you go. If so, consider this post a ‘part 1’ as it were.
… to the “quick and easy quilt” thought I had earlier … DOH!
I know better.
This coulda been much quicker and easier if I wasn’t trying out a new technique. But look what I have had a chance to share with you?! So no loss there.
Happy New year everyone, let’s keep experimenting!