Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Design Challenge - Sashing
As I searched through my fabric stash for something suitable to use between the rows of houses and trees (including a top strip and bottom strip), I knew I wanted green, and I knew I needed something to lighten up the darkness of all the house blocks. I pulled out a lime green with little purple flowers and hoped I had enough.
I decided to cut strips 3 1/2" x WOF, giving me a finished 3" sashing between the rows of houses.
You will need five sashing strips that measure 3 1/2" x 48 1/2" long.....( if seams were sewn with an accurate scant 1/4"). If you are worried, then measure your rows to determine exactly how wide you need to make them. :) :)
If you cut seven 3 1/2" x WOF strips of fabric then you will have a gracious plenty with pieces to toss into your scrap basket. Having said that, I must admit that I had JUST enough fabric to cut not seven, but only SIX 3 1/2" x WOF strips. I could have changed my plans and cut the strips narrower, but I really wanted that wider sashing....so....I prayed I wouldn't make any mistakes and could squeeze by with JUST enough. :) :)
It worked....and here is a picture of the scraps I had left over when all was said and done.....
Speaking of scrap baskets, as I was sewing, I turned around and spotted this precious sight. My Talia (one of my house full of tiny fur babies...a Mi-Ki) curled up and sleeping peacefully on top of a pile of scraps in a basket next to my rocking chair. She is 9 years old and weighs only 4 lbs. She has plenty of beds to choose from, but obviously none compare to a pile of scraps. :)
My goodness, all that's left to do with this Design Challenge is to add the borders and quilt it. There are a few ideas running through my head....I just have to settle on which one to do. :) Once that decision is made, I'll share it with you!
Stay warm and happy quilting!