The level of complexity of your blocks does not affect whether or not they will benefit from sashing; it will work with all of them.
In a quilt, the space in between the individual blocks is called sashing. Sashing, which is used between quilt blocks, can be as straightforward as possible or as intricate as the blocks themselves. In addition, there are quilts that do not have any sashing at all.
You may encounter a wide variety of slashing concepts throughout the course of reading these pages. Quite a few of them are pieces that are included into quilts that I have produced. In some instances, the photographs have yellowed over time, similar to the appearance of the quilts. If I still had the quilts, I would take new images of them, but the majority of them have been given away, and all I have left are the old, faded pictures and the wonderful sensation that the quilts are now in the possession of someone who is taking pleasure in using them.
Sashing with Cornerstones
Cornerstones are squares of fabric that are pieced within the sashing and fit in at the corners of the blocks. Although I had seen cornerstones in quilts, the first time I used them in a quilt was when I ran out of fabric in a border.
Simple Sashing with Cornerstones
The light bulb in my brain went off, and I realized at that moment that many quilt designs were no doubt created from mistakes and lack of fabric. Frequently now, I use cornerstones as an intentional design feature.
The quilt above is an example of pieced quilt blocks with sashing and cornerstones. In this particular quilt, the blocks are quite large (17″ by 19″). Each block represents a fish bowl with two fish swimming. The sashing is a 1″ wide strip of solid fuschia, cut on the straight grain of the fabric, and the cornerstones have a white background and a heart.
This was a fun little wall hanging sized quilt I made for my son when he was very young, so the fabric is quite bright. The fish are made using a Pinwheel block design, with some of the corners slightly modified.
The sashing on this quilt is placed not only between the blocks but around the blocks, like a first outside border, and making a frame around each block.
The frame-like quality is enhanced because the contrast between the fuschia and the rest of the colors of the quilt. My son had a big hand in the fabric choices in this quilt.
Frequently sashing is just between the blocks and looks like a lattice. Then the first border begins and can be the inside frame of your quilt.
There are cornerstones in the border of this quilt as well. The idea here was to continue the fuschia in some location other than just in the sashing. It also makes the green border
Cornerstones are not limited to sashing made in a typical lattice. If you place your blocks “on point” (i.e. looking like a diamond instead of a square), you can still add sashing and cornerstones, as the example on the right shows.
In this quilt, I decided to place the hearts “on point,” or on the diagonal on a square piece of fabric, making them look like they are sewn onto diamonds.
When you sew the sashing onto the blocks, you sew the rows on a diagonal, adding triangles to the ends of each row so that each row fits. (Hmmm – sounds like a good topic for another article – the quick and easy “how to sew diagonal rows on a quilt.”)
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