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    Default Sashing help please.

    I'm making a simple patchwork lap quilt and have sewn sashing on top and bottom, all good so far. The sides need to be 47 1/2" long but WOF is 44" and I don't have enough yardage to cut any other way. So question is, where is the best place to put a joining seam as the difference is so small and should it be straight or mitred? I am keeping corners square, not mitred. Not sure how am going to quilt it, my SITD is always way off and my FMQ is atrocious! Suggestions welcome. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    I usually join mine toward the end....especially if the added amount is very small.... And, I like the look of a mite red join... But, I straight join might actually be less noticeable... .??


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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    I think a straight joint is less noticeable. If it looks too close to the end you might want to shorten the long piece first. Have you ever tried doing a straight stitch with your free motion foot? I find it easier for me to do SITD that way. You might also do diagonal lines going from point to point if your squares are not too large.

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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    For that reason I usually combine sashing with corner stones.
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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    I would add a piece of one of the fabrics somewhere in each border to add the length you need. That way it looks like part of the design, and not like a piece you just had to add on.
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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    Don't you mean a border, not sashing? I was taught that the sides of the quilt should be bordered first, then the top & bottom, since one's eye readily goes to the top & bottom. I always piece my borders if they are longer than 40". I use the mitered way, rather than a straight seam, unless I'm doing piano keys, brick road, or some other specialty border. Once the quilting is done, the piecing barely shows. I think it's much easier than trying to cut a long strip. JCY

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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    [QUOTE=JCY;454490]Don't you mean a border, not sashing?

    Oops shows I'm a beginner quilter, yes I mean border. The lap quilt is square, I thought it easier not to mitre, that's something else I have to learn. I thought about putting corner pieces in but the border is 5" wide and the squares are 4" so thought it would be too much of a 'fiddle' to sort out, must be easy for me, patience is not my virtue! So I think I will join border seam and put it level with the bottom row of squares and when come to quilt it do SITD there and corresponding line of stitching in each other corner as though part of the pattern. Does that make sense? I'm off now to try this out, will post photo of my effort in a few days........hopefully.

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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    I piece my borders quit often using a straight seam. It rarely shows once quilted. I was told (don't know how accurate this is). That when you piece your border don't put it in the same place on both sides, that way it isn't obvious. Does that make sense? Any who that's the way I do it.
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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    It all depends on the fabric I'm using for borders. The baby quilt I did last November had a solid red border. I just did it a straight seam. But, made sure it was not near the end and also not in the same spot on the other side. If I ever figure out how to post pictures I will.
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    Default Re: Sashing help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by auntiemern View Post
    I would add a piece of one of the fabrics somewhere in each border to add the length you need. That way it looks like part of the design, and not like a piece you just had to add on.
    That's a neat idea!
    Vonnie

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