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Setting Triangles, Sashing and Baby Quilt Assembly
Dawn's Light Baby Quilt Pattern

Dawn's Light Baby Quilt - Arrange blocks, setting triangles and sashing components into diagonal rows

© Janet Wickell

Cut the Setting and Corner Triangles

Fabric E – Mottled Sky Fabric

  • (3) 12-1/2” x 12-1/2” squares, each cut in half twice diagonally
  • (2) 6-1/2” x 6-1/2” squares, each cut in half once diagonally

Quilt Sashing Cutting Instructions

Fabric B – Dark Green Print

  • (17) 1-1/4” x 1-1/4” squares
  • (4) 2-3/8” x 2-3/8” squares, each cut in half twice diagonally

Fabric C – Light Neutral Print

  • (48) 1-1/4” x 8-1/2” bars

Sashing Construction Tip
Sashing unit end-triangles are always sewn to sashing strips along a short edge. Each long edge will flow in the same direction as the outer, long edge of adjacent setting triangles.

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  1. Use a design wall or other flat surface to arrange your quilt blocks on point in diagonal rows, leaving space to position sashing components between blocks.
  • Four-patch blocks with green corners flow around the perimeter of the quilt. Small four-patch units within their interior are positioned with green squares in a vertical orientation on right and left vertical rows, and in a horizontal manner in the middle row.
  • Four-patch blocks with mottled corners become part of the middle row; their maroon squares are positioned horizontally.
  • Pinwheel blocks separate the four-patch blocks, with three like-pinwheels in each vertical row.
  1. Sew a 1-1/4” x 8-1/2” bar between individual blocks and setting triangles in diagonal rows as shown. Press seam allowance towards the sashing strips.
  2. Arrange diagonal sashing bars, cornerstones and end triangles:
    • The first and last long sashing units are made up of one sashing strip with a triangle at each end.
    • The second and sixth units are made up of three sashing strips separated by two green squares, with a triangle at each end.
    • The third and fifth units have five sashing strips and four green squares, with a triangle at each end.
    • The fourth, or middle, sashing strip is the longest, with six sashing strips and five green squares. Notice that its end triangles are sewn to the strip in differing orientations, since they touch opposite sides of the quilt and must mesh with the components on their unique sides.
    • View a larger sashing strip illustration; you can also click on the image above to view it full size.
  3. Position diagonal sashing strip units on your layout. Sew the components of each strip together, pressing seam allowances towards the sashing strips.
  4. Sew all diagonal rows together to assemble the quilt top. Press.

Sew the Border to the Baby Quilt

Rosy Maroon Fabric
  • (4) 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” squares

Mottled Sky Fabric

  • (6) 3-1/2” wide strips cut fro selvage to selvage
  1. Read my straight border instructions. Cut two 3-1/2” wide strips of mottled sky fabric to equal the quilt’s horizontal measurement determined by following those instructions. Sew remaining crosswise strips together at their ends and cut two borders to equal the quilt’s vertical measurement.
  2. Sew the (vertical) side border strips to the quilt as directed in the border instructions. Press seam allowances towards the borders.
  3. Sew a rosy maroon square to each end of the top and bottom border strips. Press seam allowances towards the borders.
  4. Sew the top and bottom borders to the quilt. Press seam allowances towards the borders.

Finish the Baby Quilt

  1. Choose a quilting design and mark the quilt for quilting if necessary.
  2. Sandwich the quilt with backing and batting. Baste by hand for hand quilting; pin baste or try an adhesive basting product for machine quilted projects
  3. Hand or machine quilt. My quilt was longarm quilted in an all-over feathers design (by Angela Lamoree of Five Little Monkeys Quilting.
  4. Make doublefold binding strips and sew mitered binding to the quilt.

If you intend to use the quilt as a wall hanging, a hanging sleeve can be sewn to the quilt before or after it is complete.

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