- Sashing frames the blocks
- Sashing is often the perfect choice for a sampler quilt, because it offers a bit of separation for blocks with patchwork that would not mesh nicely if sewn side-by-side
- Sashing can be used to easily increase the quilt's dimensions
- Sashing can help you square-up blocks that are slightly different sizes
- Sashing is a perfect spot to feature special quilting motifs that surround and enhance the quilt blocks
It's easy to sew sashing to a quilt, especially straight-set layouts like the example shown on this page, since they don't require triangles or strips with angled edges as on-point settings do.
Quilt sashing can be continuous, with no cornerstones (the little squares you see where sashing strips meet each other). But cornerstones are one more way to add color and movement to your quilt, and they certainly don't have to be created from simple squares.
- The dark/light elements of half-square triangle units help link blocks and sashing
- Quarter square triangle units are another cornerstone option
- Try small four-patch cornerstone units -- use their dark (or light) squares to create a continuous diagonal flow across the quilt
- Any square patchwork unit can be used to make traditional cornerstones