How to Make Mitered Sashing & the First Finish of the Year

Last week I posted a shot of the fabrics that I was going to use for my daughter’s new bedroom quilt. It took me four days to complete the top, but I love, love, love how it turned out. The colors are so bright and cheerful that even on the gloomiest days there will be a spot of color in her world.

Sweet Things Quilt

Full size quilt using the “Sweet Things” Collection from Lakehouse Drygoods

The line I chose to work with is Sweet Things by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Drygoods. I found the fabrics a couple of years ago and only collected what I thought would be enough for a simple throw. Fast forward to December, 2014 and I decided to redecorate Junior’s bedroom as a de-cluttering project. I grabbed the fabrics and started looking at patterns, then discovered that I had nowhere near enough fabric for a full size quilt. Through various online quilt shops (I searched using www.quiltshops.com) I was able to find enough of the coordinating fabrics to create the top you see pictured above as well as the backing and any other coordinates I create for her room.

To construct the quilt top I basically cut the panels and sashed them using 1 1/2″ strips cut from various fat quarters. I mitered the connections to give the sashing more movement. I’m thrilled with the overall effect.

Row 3

The beginning of Junior's quilt

Mitered SashingTo make mitered sashing, I cut 1 1/2″ x 22″ strips from several fat quarters. Taking two strips lay one end across the end of the other at 95* angles, overlapping 1/4″ (see picture).

Lay strips at 90* angles.

Lay strips at 90* angles.

Using a straight edge (I found a 3×5 card to be an excellent choice), lay it on the diagonal from the top left down to the lower right. This will be your sewing line.

align a 3x5 card along the diagonalLower your needle at the top of the fabric at the edge of your 3×5 card and proceed to sew along the straight egde, being careful not sew the card. You will now have a mitered seam.

The mitered seamUsing either a 1/8″ or 1/4″ Add A Quarter ruler, trim your seam allowance.

Trimming the seam miterPress the seam to one side and you now have a perfect mitered sash. šŸ™‚

Finished Mitered Sashing

It took me hours to pick out a border arrangement that I could live with. I finally decided I liked the look of the floating sashing. I adored the purple print and plan to paint my daughter’s room in a complimentary shade. And I loved the boldness of the outer print. If I had it to do over again, I would lengthen the bold print and scallop the edges after quilting, but alas, too late now. However, some good friends have told me that I can still do a subtle scallop. So it’s off to the quilter’s, and I have my first top finished for the year!

While I’m waiting to get it back from the long-armer, I still need to get her room painted, the full size bed in storage set up, finish de-cluttering, paint end tables, create a reading nook, shop for lamps, a new ceiling fan, storage containers and rugs. It’s going to be a busy month.

Linking up this week with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thanks for listenin’!

Blessings!

Melissa

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8 thoughts on “How to Make Mitered Sashing & the First Finish of the Year

  1. DeLee

    It’s lovely…bright and cheery colors! This quilt will be a beautiful focal point for your room make over project.

    Reply

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