I’ve almost finished my Splendid Sampler 2 quilt, at the weekend I arranged them all on the lounge floor, looking more at the sashing than the actual block. I’m using the quilt as you go method (QAYG) so all the blocks are already sandwiched and quilted, they just need sashing to stitch them together.
The fabric used for the block sashing was also, where possible, used to back the block, so I didn’t want two blocks together of the same pattern. Easier said than done!
I sorted them according to colour, blues and greys, light to dark, then I arranged the darkest and lightest first, trying to get an even spread, then filled in with the middlers. I spotted a diagonal line, tried to swop things round and ended up in a right pickle, wherever I moved things there was another problem. In the end I decided I’d played around enough…
I’ve decided I need a drone to take photos of my quilts!! Standing on tiptoe just doesn’t quite do it, my legs and arms aren’t quite long enough!
I quickly read Kate’s (Tall Tales from Chiconia) tutorial on QAYG, I always have a quick refresher there before I start stitching the blocks together, her instructions make it so straight forward.
I’ve used a dark grey for the sashing front and back, it’s surprising how much you use! I bought 3m as it was on offer, thinking I would have loads left – by the time I’ve made the binding I won’t have that much left. I’ve made the sashing on the back slightly wider – 3/4″ finished instead of 1/2″, it did mean I had to make sure I stitched the sashing on the same side each time. Of course I didn’t, so I did get very friendly with my seam ripper! It also means the quilting will not be quite central but I don’t think it will be noticeable.
So far I’ve stitched all the blocks together, hand-stitched the short lengths of sashing going down the quilt, but I still need to hand-stitch the long lengths going across, I left it as I think it will be a nice project to stitch when I next visit my mum – she loves seeing my quilts.
All that’s needed then is the binding, so happy dance is in sight!