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Sewing the tilted quilt blocks and sashing

 

Now it’s time to start sewing the tilted quilt blocks and sashing. At this stage of construction, it’s a good idea to place the blocks on a design wall or on the floor, so you can arrange them to create good color balance.

Arrange the blocks
Arrange the blocks

 

For the sashing, I used another of the ColorWorks Concepts coordinates. This print is a little more neutral so it tones down the bright colors in the blocks. You will need 20″ of fabric.

You can see all the coordinating fabric here.

ColorWorks Concepts fabric for the sashing
ColorWorks Concepts fabric for the sashing

 

Cut 31 strips 2″ x 7½” on the lengthwise grain of the fabric. The edges of the blocks are all on the bias, so cutting the sashing on the lengthwise (less stretchy) grain will help to stabilize the blocks.

Cut 31 sashing strips 2" x 7½"
Cut 31 sashing strips 2″ x 7½”

 

Place the sashing strips between the blocks on your design wall.

Cut 20 – 2″ squares from scraps of the solids for the sashing squares. Place them on your design wall along with the rest of the quilt pieces, arranging the colors as desired.

Place sashing strips and 2" squares on the design wall.
Place sashing strips and 2″ squares on the design wall.

 

Sew the 3 blocks and 4 sashing strips from Row 1 together like this. Press seams toward sashing.

Sew the remaining 3 rows of blocks and sashing in the same way.

Sew blocks and sashing strips together.
Sew blocks and sashing strips together.

 

Sew 4 – 2″ squares and three sashing strips together like this.

Press seams toward sashing strips.

Make a total of 5 sashing rows.

Sew sashing strips and squares together.
Sew sashing strips and squares together.

 

 

Sew the sashing strips with squares to the completed rows.

Sew the sashing strips with squares to the completed rows.
Sew the sashing strips with squares to the completed rows.

 

Now that you’ve finished sewing the tilted quilt blocks and the sashing, it’s time to add the border. I’ll be using the leftover solids from the ColorWorks Premium solids collection by Northcott. Come back tomorrow to see how it’s done!

 

ColorWorks Premium Solids
ColorWorks Premium Solids

 

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  Making tilted quilt blocks with Soho fabric panels
Go to part 4:  1 clever way to make a more interesting quilt border

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.

7 Comments

  1. Rebecca K.

    I love the interest & movement the tilted setting gives to these block – and how easy you made it to do! Thanks!

    • You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed this design.

  2. MaryBeth Little

    I made an eye spy quilt tilted and loved it. Your quilt is very cute.

    • Thanks MaryBeth. Glad you like it!

  3. Margaret

    I like how tilted blocks change the appearance of an “ordinary” setting into something more special

    • Glad you like the block. This block is very versatile and is so easy to make in different sizes. Every variation of the block changes the look of the quilt!

  4. Quilting Tangent

    I like how tilted blocks add movement to a quilt.

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