Sashing is an individual border piece sewn around separate quilting blocks before the whole quilt top is assembled and the final border sewn on.
It gives an orderly, framed look to the quilt blocks, adding to the design in its own way and unfortunately looks harder to do than it really is.
Want to add sashing on your quilt top as you prepare your project for final stitching on your longarm or midarm quilting machine?
Use this easy technique!
Start with All the Blocks
For quilt tops designed as multiple quilt blocks that will be assembled together, sashing allows you to assemble the blocks by giving them each a small border as opposed to stitching block to block.
To begin, you’ll need to have all your blocks for your entire quilt sewn up and ready to assemble as well as your grid block pattern already worked out.
Know how many blocks wide and how many blocks long your final piece needs to be and go from there.
Add Short Vertical Strips
Start the sashing by cutting multiple width strips based on how wide you’d like the sashing to be from the sashing fabric that are as long as the vertical height of your blocks; you’ll need one strip between each pair of blocks.
Carefully attach the first two blocks using the sashing between them, sewing it on using a walking foot with a standard ¼” seam.
After the first two are sewn together, add more sashing and connect the next block for your quilt in the line, the next, and so on.
Connect all the blocks across the horizontal row like this and then repeat it for each horizontal row of blocks.
Add Long Horizontal Strips
After you have all the horizontal rows of blocks connected with short vertical strips of sashing between them, it’s time to connect those rows together with longer horizontal strips so that once the entire grid is assembled both horizontally and vertically, the quilt sandwich can be assembled and quilted on the quilting machine.
The horizontal strips will be the same width as the vertical ones and as long as the width of the quilt top.
Cut the longer strips, then carefully stitch them on between the rows of blocks to connect them.
Once you’ve assembled all the horizontal rows of blocks with sashing, finish with a long horizontal strip added to the top and bottom edges of the whole assembly of blocks.
Finish With Outside Strips
The last step in adding the sashing is to add two final, long vertical strips along the left and right sides of the quilt top.
Cut these strips the same width as the others the entire vertical length of the quilt top; add those on in the same way and then get ready to take the quilt top to the quilting machine.
Simple Sashing for a Stunning Quilt
If you enjoy quilting patterns composed of individual blocks assembled together into a final, larger finished piece, try adding sashing to your next project.
Sashing is another option for connecting blocks that’s actually easier to do than sewing a border around each individual block and attaching them that way individually; it creates a unique, framed look and is an easy technique to do using any quilting machine.
Experiment with sashing colors, patterns, and widths to come up with a grid pattern quilt that really stands out!