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Quilting Notes
Quilt Lay Out
Now that we have our blocks made how are we going to put them
together? If you are following a specific pattern the layout will be
provided. Sometimes the designer will give layout options. Just adding
a sashing or frame around the block changes the look. Below is a red
and white four patch: (a.) without sashing  (b.) with a sashing and
cornerstones (c.) alternating solid block (d.) on point (e.) on point
with sashing and cornerstones  (f.) on point alternating with solid
block and sashing.


   a. Without sashing                    b. With sashing and cornerstones

  c. Alternating solid block            d. On point


  e. On point with sashing              f. On point with alternating solid
         and cornerstones                      block and sashing

Each layout has an advantage. Adding solid blocks lessens the number
of pieced blocks needed and the number of seams that need to match
up. Sashing also eliminates some of the seams needing to be matched

A design wall is a useful tool for deciding the layout before sewing. I
use a piece of solid neutral colored flannel. The size depends on the
size of the wall. Mine is 44” by 60”.  Washed flannel won’t hold the
pieces. I watch the sales bin for flannel and use a new piece when
mine gets old and doesn’t hold the pieces anymore. I attach it to the
wall with thumb tacks. The tacks don’t damage the wall and the hole is
gone when painted. The design wall can also be used to layout a
sample of the pattern pieces before all the cutting is done. You can
see how the colors work and make changes. When the blocks are all
made put them up on the design wall and try different settings. The
design wall also helps keep the blocks organized for sewing.

If you have any questions e-mail me at: Joanne@homeschoolquilting.

Quilt samples created in EQ7