Zippy Scrappy Sashing

I made a bunch of blocks for a baby quilt, but when I saw them all together they were JUST TOO MUCH!

Baby quilt with plain yellow sashing and border

Baby quilt with plain yellow sashing and border

So I separated them with a plain yellow sashing and border, and they worked fine.

But wait!  There are still blocks left!  And I really, really, don’t want to do another quilt with plain sashing–boooring!

So I got out my scrap bins …

Plain sashing made of cute fabric

Plain sashing made of cute fabric

When I finish a quilt, I cut the scraps into strips of set widths (1-1/2 inches, 2 inches, etc) and store them in containers by width.  Then when I need a piece for something, it’s often right there waiting.  So off to the scrap bins I went.

Sometimes I inserted a double-wide sashing

Sometimes I inserted a double-wide sashing

I made some plain sashing, and lots of pieced sashing, and I made it all different sizes.  The goal was “no two sashings alike!”

This was a lot more fun than plain sashing, so I may never make plain sashing again.

I put together units of 4 blocks then joined them to other 4-block units the same size to keep everything even.

Pieced sashing, changing direction

Pieced sashing, changing direction

It used up scraps, it got the quilt put together, and it was totally improvisational.

A section of the quilt, showing various sashing--don't line anything up!

A section of the quilt, showing various sashing–don’t line anything up!

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.When I finished the quilt top, I liked it a lot better than the one with plain sashing.

The finished top with scrappy sashing and border.

The finished top with scrappy sashing and border.

Both are donation quilts, about 40 inches square.. Best of all, I learned something making these!  So, if you have some blocks that just aren’t working, try scrappy sashing and a scrappy border.  Most of all, have fun!

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