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 up.
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.
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