Friday, February 4, 2011

Sliced Coins Quilt Along: Sashing

Sashing is one of those parts of quilting that I'm not a huge fan of.  It can be a little boring, in my opinion, but I really love the look it gives to this quilt.  Working with huge pieces of fabric is sometimes a challenge, but as long as you pin well, everything should come out just fine.

First, you will be working on your A, B, and C coin stacks, which should be the three stacks on the left side of your quilt.  Grab a piece of your sashing to match your coin stack and pin your sashing strip to the left side of the stack.  Pin well.  I like to pin at my seam allowances.  Seam together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Do the same for your B and C stacks as well.  Press your seams.

For your final coin stack, you'll be adding a piece of sashing to both the right and left sides (for a total of 5 pieces of sashing).  This should be coin stack D.  Again, pin and use a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press your seams.

As you sew your stacks together, make sure to watch your seams, particularly if you have pressed your seams open. 

Next, begin joining your sashed stacks together.  Seam together stacks A and B with a 1/4" seam allowance and do the same for C and D.  Make sure your stacks follow this pattern - sashing, stacked coins, sashing, stacked coins, sashing, stacked coins, sashing, stacked coins, sashing.  Your quilt top should begin with sashing on the left and end with sashing on the right.  Press all seams.

When you're done with this step, it's quite possible you may need to trim your top or bottom to give an even clean edge.  Feel free to do that if need be.

The final step of sashing this quilt is sashing the top and bottom.  Add a strip of sashing to both the top and bottom, making sure to use a lot of pins to keep everything straight.  Seam together with a 1/4" seam allowance and press seams well.  

Voila!  A finished quilt top!!

Make sure to come back next Thursday to show off your progress.  I can't wait to see these gorgeous quilt tops!

Next week, we'll be talking about quilt backs and quilting.  If you want to get ready for this step, I suggest you get together all of your scraps from this quilt and see what you've got.  It's quite possible you may have enough to piece together a quilt back from just your scraps.  You may also need to supplement your scraps with some additional fabrics.  Also, make sure you have the batting for your quilt.  Have a great weekend!


  1. I am hoping to get caught up this weekend....between Super Bowl commercials :) Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

  2. So cute! I love this quilt. But I don't have enough done to post yet. :(


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