In quilting, sashing refers to the plain strips that often frame the blocks of a quilt, especially if they have different design. In most cases, sashing is used whenever you want to add another distinct design to your quilt.
You will also find out that having two patchwork squares side by side in a quilt tends to look displeasing. The only way to make them look attractive is by adding sashing. This way, you get to create an incredible separation that is both unique and admirable. Without sashing, quilt blocks would not be as attractive as they always look on fabric.
How much fabric do I require for quilt sashing?
The best sashing relies on using the best sewing machine for quilting. But the amount of fabric you need for quilt sashing is dependent on the size of the quilt. There are numerous methods that you can use, but the most accurate one will be discussed below. The method will give you accurate results for any quilt. Keep in mind that it is very convenient when you get your sashing from the width of the fabric strips.
First, you will need to calculate the amount of fabric that will take you to achieve the shortest sashing on each quilt block. This is by taking the amount of fabric needed by each sashing and multiplying it by the number of sashing required on each quilt block. That will get you the total fabric needed for those sashing.
If you are going to have long vertical sashing, you also need to know how much fabric they will occupy. So take the number of long vertical sashing you want on your fabric and multiply by the size of each sashing. This will, in turn, give you the amount of fabric you want in order to get the long vertical sashing.
Lastly, you will need to determine the amount of fabric needed on both the top and bottom sashing strip. The strips are meant to enclose the whole blocks and make them look neat. Simply multiply the amount of fabric for each strip by two. Once you have the total, you need to add all the totals for each step. That is the total fabric for step 1 + step 2 + step 3. The sum you get is the total amount of fabric needed to create your quilt sashing.
How to measure quilt sashing.
Different people like their quilt sashing in different measurements. But you come to notice that most people love specific measurements. This is because, with those measurements, they get to achieve a unique quilt sashing that is adorable and symmetrical. So how do you measure your quilt sashing?
The first step is to determine your sashing width. This is usually dependent on your preference. You are however advised to avoid strips that overpower your quilt block dimensions. To get a good sashing quilt you will need at most 3 inches wide of sashing for a 12 inch finished block. Always remember that you need your sashing strips to finish at 1/4 of the block’s width or a bit less.
Once you have your sashing measurements, it’s time to determine the measurement of the cornerstone. You should know that your cornerstones have to measure exactly as the width of your sashing strips. If you are using a sashing strip of 2.5 inches or 2 1/2 inch, then your cornerstones need to be the exact same measurements. That will be 2 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches. This is the only way you’ll be able to properly enclose your quilting blocks.
There is one simple rule that most people tend to forget. If you do forget it will end up affecting you when cutting. When measuring your sashing, make sure you add 1/2 inch on each measurement. This is especially done on the length of the sashing. This is because the fabric often shrinks when cutting, the 1/2 inch is thus used to take care of that.
How to cut quilt sashing.
Once you have all your measurements ready, it’s time to go ahead and start cutting sashing. This will thus enable you to end up with just the right size of individual sashing. It is the cut sashing that you will use to piece around your quilt blocks.
What will determine the direction of your cut?
Before you cut sashing, you need to figure out the direction of the grain as well as the direction of the pattern you want to cut. These are the two things that will determine how you will cut your sashing.
Why cut Width of fabric?
If your fabric is plain most people would prefer cutting the width of the fabric, also referred to as WOF. This tends to minimize wastage of fabric. You will find yourself wasting less than if you were to cut otherwise.
Which cut length of fabric.
On the other hand, cutting length of fabric is usually both a time saver and very easy. You also tend to minimize the amount of errors made in the process of cutting. This is because when you cut your fabric lengthwise, it will minimize stretching of the fabric.
This means that you will end up with a clean cut. You will also find yourself not so much into the 1/2 inch that you left to take care of stretching. That is how important cutting lengthwise is. It is often an advisable method for beginners.
Coming up with sashing for your quilting blocks is not as easy as it seems. This is because it involves a number of calculations. You will first be required to know the measurements of your sashing strips.
This will enable you to determine how much fabric you will require to achieve your sashing. What will take most of your time is cutting your sashing. So put into consideration the ideas mentioned and discussed above.
By coming up with great sashing strips, you will be able to frame your quilting blocks perfectly. So make sure that you follow the numerous steps provided above.