Step Two: Plans for Sashing |
Color in all unused sashing sections, as in the diagram above. I chose to color code them by the position of the doorways to make counting them easier. Remember, you will probably be working with a directional fabric. If not then you will need only one set of sashings, plus some plain strips.
Note: In the Zoo quilt above, if you look closely, you will see that I chose to make three rooms double, i.e. no sashing fabric between them, to accomodate the fabric images. (Don't forget to allow for the sashing measurement when figuring this block size.) Keep this possibility in mind as you plan your quilt.
Step Three: Cutting the Fabric
Print out the fabric planning chart and record the information for your quilt's layout.
Since the sashing strips are divided into 3 sections (it could, of course, have been 2 or 4), using a block size that is in units divisible by 3 and 2 will simplify the planning. Example: 6" blocks with the one 2" sashing section (doorway)plus a double contrasting fabric section (4") making 6" sashing strips. Be sure to add seam allowances to these measurements.
Theme fabric: you may simply cut the fabric in 6 1/2" squares (6" finished) or fussy cut each square.
Doorways: Cut 2 1/2" squares (2" finished) from the theme fabric (from less busy areas if that is convenient).
Walls: Cut 4 1/2" by 2 1/2" strips (4" x 2" finished size) from a contrasting fabric. You will also need to cut some 6 1/2" strips according to your planning chart.
Intersections: cut the needed number of 2 1/2" square from the contrasting fabric.
Now go on to the directions for making the sashings and completeing the quilt.