I learn little quilting tips all the time, working with such experienced quilters. This time it was one co-worker teasing another about whether she slapped her sashing on, or measured the length of the quilt, then cut the sashing to measure. Just the day before I was discussing why a friend’s sashing had stretched and rippled at her long arm quilter’s. We had discussed placement (putting the longer side on first, then shorter). From the teasing, I picked up that you measure your side, cut the fabric to size, and pin it in place. In fact, pinning figures in to lots of solutions when quilting.
- · How do you make points match? Pin.
- · How do you keep your blocks the same size? Pin. (trimming to the block size helps, too)
- · How do you keep your sashing from rippling? Pin.
Many quilt designs end up with fabric cut on the bias, so it is stretchy. Triangles are especially bad about this.
I admit guilt. As a relatively experienced sewist, I tend not to pin when sewing, but for accurate quilting I cannot wait to see how this tip improves my quilts.