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Finishing a baby quilt with sashing makes it sweeter!

Yesterday I showed you how to make curvy, strip-pieced blocks using fabric from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection in the Palm Bay colorway.

Arrange blocks in rows of 3 for the quilt top; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Arrange blocks in rows of 3

In this post, I’m adding sashing and borders to finish up this little quilt. Let’s get started!

cutting Instructions

  • From the sashing fabric cut 10 – 1½” x WOF (approximately 20″)
  • Re-cut to make 28 – 1½” x  6″ strips.
  • From cornerstone fabric cut 24 – 1½” squares. I used blue scraps from our first 2 projects this week.

 sewing instructions

  • Sew sashing strips to the 5 rows of blocks. Note: When working with narrow strips, you might find it better to finger-press these strips as you go along, rather than use an iron. Sometimes ironing can distort these small pieces.
  • Press seams toward sashing.

Sashing strips sewn to one row of blocks; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Sashing strips sewn to one row of blocks

  • Sew 4 cornerstone squares and 3 sashing strips together.

4 cornerstone squares sewn to 3 sashing strips
4 cornerstone squares sewn to 3 sashing strips

  • Make 5 more sashing/cornerstone strips like this for a total of 6 sashing strips.
  • Sew the sashing/cornerstone strips to the rows of blocks.

Sashing strips with cornerstone squares ready to be sewn to the blocks; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Sashing strips with cornerstone squares ready to be sewn to the blocks

Now it’s time to press the quilt top!

  • Press gently from the wrong side. I prefer not to use steam because it can distort the fabric. Turn the quilt top over and do a final pressing from the right side.

borders

  • From border fabric, cut strips 5″ x WOF (approximately 44″).
  • Measure the sides of your quilt – it should be 34″. If it isn’t, you can adjust the size you cut the borders.
  • Cut 2 of the border strips so they measure 5″ x 34″.
  • Sew a border strip to each side. Press seams toward border.
  • Measure the top and bottom of your quilt – it should be 30″. If it isn’t, you can adjust the size you cut the borders.
  • Cut the remaining 2 border strips so they measure 5″ x 30″.
  • Sew a border strip to the top and bottom. Press seams toward border.
  • Now this little quilt is finished and ready for quilting.

Quilt top with borders added; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Quilt top with borders added

The backing can be any of the fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection. You’ll need 1⅓ yards or 1.2 m.

For binding, I like to cut strips 3″ wide for a ½” finished binding. If you have a favorite width you like to use for binding, just go ahead and use that.

You can read about my favorite way to make and sew on the binding in this previous QUILTsocial post, Change the way you make your quilt binding.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some other great quilts designed using the Banyan Batiks ‘Island Vibes’ fabrics from Northcott, for sheer inspiration!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Curved strip-piecing using Island Vibes fabric creates a sweet baby quilt

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

1 Comment

  1. Anna brown

    Hmmm intresting ty for sharing…very helpfull. …

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