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I have my blocks made.  I am setting them on point.  I am working on adding the sashing and sashing squares and am trying to figure out what size to cut. 


I pulled out my "Quilter's Complete Guide" by Fons and Porter for their instructions but am still a little confused about this.  Your expertise will help immensely.  My propeller block is about 6 1/4" square.  I'm thinking about cutting the sashing: 2 1/2" wide by 6 3/4" long.  Is that correct? 


For the sashing squares, I'm thinking the cut would be:  2 1/2" squares.  Is this correct? 


I know I still need to figure the setting triangles and corner triangles.  I'm just focusing on the measurements for the sashing and sashing squares right now. 


Thanks for your help on this. 





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Comment by Terri Hair on March 27, 2011 at 6:51am
Thank you, ladies, for all your help.  I have everything laying out on the sewing room floor.  I started cutting and sewing some of the sashing and corner squares.  It seems to be coming out fine.  I just hated to start cutting the sashing and then find out it was too small to use.  This is the first time I have laid out a quilt on point.  Up until now I have only done rows, but for some reason I couldn't wrap my head around the sizes for cutting.  Thanks again. 
Comment by Laurie on March 26, 2011 at 1:50pm
Sashing between the blocks would be the same length as the block itself.  If you have 2 1/2" wide strips the corner post squares would be 2 1/2".  If you want to put sashing around the entire quilt after you have all the blocks together (border), you could measure across the center of the quilt, side to side and top to bottom to determine the length of those.  For the set in triangles on the outside I believe you would need to cut 6 1/2" squares and cut corner to corner for 2 triangles from each square.
Comment by Lynne on March 26, 2011 at 12:20pm
Teri,,, you would need at least 4 strips of 2 1/2" x 6 1/4" for each block.  Then you would have to figure out how many 2 1/2" squares would be needed.    Lay out your blocks, placing them where you want them.  Then lay out the sashing strips on the sides and top and bottom, then place your sashing squares.  You would decide which strip gets sewn first,,, the sides or the top & bottom.  Once all the blocks have at least 2 strips on it,,, then you would sew the remaining strips to the sashing squares.  Whatever gets the sashing squares will be strips as long as the section it belongs to.  Hopefully this hasn't confused you more.   Laying the blocks on the floor or on a flannel board will probably be your best solution, as you will be able to see it as a whole.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on March 26, 2011 at 11:28am
Kind of hard to visualize what you are trying to do.
Comment by Terri Hair on March 26, 2011 at 9:03am
So would my cut for the sashing to the top and bottom of the quilt be the same (2 1/2" by 6 1/4")?
Comment by Janet/MO on March 25, 2011 at 5:07pm

You need to cut your sashing strips the same length as the side of your block.  So if your block is 6-1/4", then your strip needs to be 2-1/2" x 6-1/4".   You are correct in that your cornerstones would be 2-1/2" square.


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