Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sashings Finished

I've been making progress on the sashing for the president's block project. First I cut 1 1/2" strips. I worked with 10 dark and and 10 light strips. Next, I stitched the strips together.

I pressed the seam allowance towards the dark and cut the strips into 1 1/2" widths. Next, I stitched the pairs together.


Next step was to stitch the segments together. . .first to make a four patch, then press the seams open and finally measure to be sure it measured 2 1/2" square.




































I stitched two four patches together to form a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" segment. Yes, I measured to be sure that I had sewn accurately!













I stitched three of those segments together and that is how I made a 12 1/2" checker board sashing.

I repeated these steps until, at the time of this post, I had finished all 97 sashings needed for this project!

In the beginning, I was concerned that I wouldn't have enough of the fabrics; but, I did. I even had about six inches left of each one!









Now, I'm auditioning fabrics for the cornerstones. Originally, I had planned to use this blue striped fabric with some of the cornerstones sporting a ring buoy. Well, the four blue squares didn't look that great. Drat, I actually have quite a bit of this fabric! Perhaps, it will become a border??

Neither did the dark blue squares "feel" to me like they should belong there.

















So, I tried the red squares. Hmmmm. . . .maybe I need to try white??




4 comments:

  1. Sometimes yellow works well with red, white and blue. I love the sashing you made.

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    1. I hadn't thought of yellow. I will have to try a sample or two to see if it would work. Thanks, Joanne! --Terry

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  2. That's a lot of stitching. You're accuracy is amazing! Glad you had enough! Another thought for the cornerstones would be the black you used for the coping strips. That would kind of make another checkerboard outside of the red/white one. Just a thought.

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    1. Nancy, It was a lot of boring stitching. I appreciate your accuracy comment as towards the end, the blocks were perfect size. . .which generally doesn't happen! That black, is really a navy blue and I didn't find it added anything as a cornerstone. This surprised me, because I sure thought that a blue would be just the ticket for a pleasing cornerstone!--Terry

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