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This tutorial shows how to piece on-point quilts block-to-block or with sashing. Blocks are sometimes set on-point to give the block a different look. Setting blocks on-point are also a way to make a bigger quilt without making more blocks. For more information about blocks set on point and quilt layouts read the following articles:
Sashing are strips of fabric sewn between quilt blocks. When sashing strips are added to the quilt top, the side and corner triangle sizes are different than quilts without sashing.
Piecing On-Point Quilts Block-to-Block
Lay out all the blocks on point.
Using the Triangle Cutting Cart find the size to cut squares for the side triangles. Each square makes 4 triangles. For this quilt I needed 10 side triangles so I cut 3 squares.
TIP: When cutting the side and corner triangles from squares, cut the squares about 1/2″ larger than the chart shows. It is better to trim excess fabric than to come up short!
Place the side triangles where they belong in the quilt.
Using the Triangle Cutting Cart find the size to cut squares for the corner triangles. Make the squares a little larger if you like. You will need two squares.
Place the corner triangles in the corners.
Start in one corner and sew the blocks and triangles into rows. When sewing the side triangles to the blocks, make sure the straight edges are lined up as shown in the picture above. Press seams to one side. Alternate the pressing direction for each row. This allows the seams to interlock later when rows are sewn together.
When sewing the remaining corner triangles, clip the nubs.
Center the corner triangle across the square and stitch.
Trimmed edges. At this point the quilt top is finished or borders may be added.
Finished quilt top.
Piecing On-Point Quilts With Sashing
Lay out all the blocks on-point.
Place the sashing strips between the blocks and the outer edges as shown. Stitch the blocks and sashing into rows.
Divide the rows down the center. In this case we have three rows in the upper left and three in the lower right. Measure the length of each row. Cut a sashing strip to this size and sew the strip to one side of the row as shown above.
Cut the Side Triangles
Measure the side of a corner block, including the sash as shown above. This measurement is used as the “finished block size” for the side triangles only in the Triangle Cutting Chart. For example, this block and sash measures 6″. On the Triangle Cutting Chart look for 6″ under the column Finished Block Size. Read across to the next column, Side Triangles, and you see 9-3/4″ Cut 3 squares at 9-3/4″. Make the squares larger if you like.
Cut the squares in half diagonally for a total of 12 side triangles. DO NOT cut the corner triangles at this time.
Place the side triangles in the layout.
Cut the Corner Triangles
Measure across one of the corner blocks as shown below.
This measurement is used as the “finished block size” for the corner triangles only in the Triangle Cutting Chart. For example, this block and sash measures 7″. On the Triangle Cutting Chart look for 7″ under the column Finished Block Size. Read across to the third column, Corner Triangles, and you see 5-5/8″. Cut 2 squares at 5-5/8″. Make the squares larger if you like.
Cut the squares in half diagonally for a total of 4 corner triangles.
Place the corner triangles in the layout.
Sew the rows together. As you sew the rows together, pay attention to the vertical sashing. Here I have marked the location of the 4 vertical sashings. I use the pins when positioning the rows for sewing.
Match the pins to the vertical sashing of the next row. For more information on matching sashing strips watch the video below.
Complete the Top
- Sew the top 3 rows together.
- Sew the bottom three rows together.
- Add the corners.
- Press seams toward sash.
- Measure the length of one of the center rows. Cut a sashing strip to that size.
- Sew the sashing strip between the rows.
- Add the corners.
- Trim the edges.
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