Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sashing instructions for Dear Jane blocks

I knew I would dread the job of cutting and sewing all the sashing strips to my Jane blocks if I waited until all the blocks were finished. So I decided in the beginning that I would sash the blocks a few rows at a time once I completed them.

PLEASE NOTE:The instructions I'm providing below are my own personal method of assembly - I'm sure there are other ways to create your sashing but this is what works best for ME!
There is a 1/2" sashing strip between each of the blocks in all the rows A-M and a 1/4" sashing around the outside edges (the border between the square blocks and triangles).
Measurement terms = .25 is a quarter inch, .5 is a half inch, .75 is three quarters of an inch.
So...I cut one inch strips of fabric by the length of my background fabric (selvage to selvage)

From those one inch strips I cut fairly equal amounts of 1"x5" sections and 1" x 5.5" sections. I also cut a several pieces of fabric that measured 1" x 5.75".
Each block will have a 5" sashing strip sewn to the RIGHT side and then a 5.5" sashing strip sewn to the BOTTOM of the block. ALL of these blocks should now measure 5.5" square!

I found it easiest to pile my blocks in numeric order by row...Row A, Row B, Row C with block 1 at the top and block 13 at the bottom of the pile.
NEXT... Pull out Block 13 (it should be the bottom/last block of each pile)

Trim a quarter inch off of the RIGHT side sashing. All of your A-M blocks that are number 13 should now measure 5.25" across by 5.5" down (top to bottom) This narrow edge makes up the quarter inch border between the square blocks and triangle section.

NEXT...Block #1 of EACH row will need a narrow border sashing on the LEFT side of it's block as well. Sew a 3rd sashing strip to this block - 1" x 5.5" strip to the left side of the block. Press and trim off a quarter inch. Block #1 should now measure 5.75" across by 5.5" down.

NEXT... These instructions are for EACH block of ROW A and ONLY Row A. You will add a final strip of fabric to the TOP of each block and trim off a quarter inch.

Block #A1 will measure 5.75" square and have sashing on all 4 sides of it. Blocks A2-A12 will have 3 pieces of sashing and measure 5.5" across x 5.75" down. Block A13 will have 3 sashing pieces also (narrow on top & side and normal on the bottom) this block will measure 5.25" across x 5.75" down.

Special instructions for ROW M: You will need to trim the BOTTOM sashing piece a quarter inch on EACH block of this row to create the narrower 1/2" measure (quarter inch border when sewn to the triangle sashing. I hope you find this a helpful start to sashing your Jane Blocks!

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  1. Thank you Doreen, you have made my life much easier, I have tried a couple of times to work out how I will do the sashing, now you have done it for me. I'm going to print this off and read it a few more times and then pin it on my board. Thanks again.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this. I was not sure how to do it, and, like you, I did not want to leave it till the end. Like Pip, I will print this off, and put it in my DJ Folder.

  3. Thanks for taking the hard work out for me Reen. I are wonderful!

  4. Sorry - should have pressed preview. I are not wonderful - you are!! What a Booboo!!
    Cheers Sue :-))

  5. i have been sashing each block as i do it but adding a corner stone to each matching the block fabric... hope it dosen't look too messy when finished. I didn't know how to trat those edge blocks so this is really useful, thank you for linking back to it

  6. Thanks for the tutorial. I've just finished off all my pink blocks and would love to sash them before it all gets too overwhelming at the end.

  7. This is fabulous!!! I am just beginning on My Dear Jane blocks and couldn't find in the book anything about sashing, yet in the photos I can see there is. It is probably in the book somewhere, just hiding :^) Thanks for this information, this is awesome!!!

  8. Thank you very much for sharing this with all us! It's so great! A hug!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing! You made this part so much clearer for me. Now I feel comfortable enough to start on my sashing. :)

  10. Someone directed me to this blog and I am so happy! I have almost all my blocks sewn and have been wondering how I was going to do the sashing between the rows. I love your idea and I can keep doing them all by hand. Thanks!

  11. Can I insert a tip too ? Long before Mom got an even cut/tear and also checked the quality of the fabric. I continue to TEAR the strips instead of using scissors or rotary. Straight Grain will keep those small blocks even as We build the TOP


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