Monday, March 1, 2010

To sash or not to sash...hmmm...

I've been beating my head against the wall trying to make a decision about sashing or not.  I was on the fence; my friends were definitely for it.  I went ahead with a skinny one...only 0.75 inches finished.  I like that the eye has somewhere to rest, but it seems so stark...needs borders, I guess. 

When I put the blocks on my design wall without sashing, I felt a little overwhelmed with how busy it felt.  I think I need to sleep on it...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

19 comments:

  1. dear teresa,your blocks all together look fantastic,now we both are through with the middle!i did not think about a sashing att all,but if you want to make one,i would take the backgroundfabric for that,or a fabric that is similar in colour with the background.i hope this confuses you not more than you maybe are,hugs,susi

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  2. Wow, doesn't the sashing change the whole look of the quilt? I agree, sleep on it before you make a final decision. I quite like the dark sashing but I don't know whether I like the fact that it totally alters the quilt - do you know what I mean? The borders will totally change it again though won't they? Are you doing the borders the same as the pattern or are you changing those? Lots of questions Teresa to think on! In the end, it's your quilt after all, so the only person you have to please is you (and your daughter I guess if it's to be hers eventually), you have to be totally happy with what you do so go with your heart......
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  3. I like the sashing. It gives the quilt a more contemporary look.
    Your blocks are an eclectic mix of the original and personal style.Album Quilts were stories of their time and your wonderful quilt is just that. An amazing story.

    Terry

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  4. I like the tiny sash, it looks wonderful. What a work or art!! So amazing.

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  5. No sashing!! What attracted me to this quilt in the first place is how busy it is and how the blocks crowd into one another. It's wonderful how it does that. Your blocks are wonderful!!

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  6. I like the sashing. Will you do a wide border? I think it is your quilt do what you lie with it. Why does every quilt have to look the same????????

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  7. I like no sashing....it looks more antique looking to me. Are you going to do the border like the pattern shows? I hope whatever you decide you love it.....you certainly have done a fantastic job and put in countless hours already.

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  8. The sashing looks nice between your blocks. They do have a more contemporary look and I think it would work.

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  9. I love the thin black sashing...perfect choice. I'd love to see a scalloped border of the background fabric with a minimal amount of additional applique..maybe a vine?

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  10. Whatever you decide to to, it's going to be stunning. I do like the think sashing though.

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  11. To sash or not? It first started that the original quilt "Bird of Paradise" and "Civil War Bride" inspired us to make the quilt. However, as we progress, the blocks start to "speak" to us and may take us onto another path then originally intended. Your quilt blocks certainly has done so with you including stories of your own family. As Terry has said, yours is like an album quilt and not like the original. This is OK. The point is the BOP and CWB quilts, as well as this wonderful blog, are INSPIRATIONAL and lead us on a exciting and fun journey of quilting! This is what got us all started! Here's my two cents: put in the thin sashing...it looks like window panes into the life of your family! But, as always, I always say, do whatever you want...it's YOUR quilt! Whatever you decide, I'm sure it'll look absolutely beautiful!

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  12. The thin sashings look good.
    Which ever you choose, it is a stunning quilt.
    I really like the addition of your family block, bottom centre.

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  13. I think the sashing is needed. It allows each block to be appreciated. And I also agree that borders will soften it. Fear not - it is gorgeous!

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  14. I think the thin sashing looks great makes the blocks stand out what a wonderful
    quilt good job.

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  15. I feel honored to be able to view your Civil War Brides quilt. The narrow sashing is perfect to show off each block. I love the way you have personalized your quilt. Amazing work!!!

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  16. I love the personal additions to this reproduction quilt- the best of both worlds! Perhaps if your sashing wasn't as dark it would be a good compromise between no sashing or the dark one. It's so personal- the 3/4" size is really a good choice.

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  17. Mmm.. sleep on it, no rush after all this time is there? *hugs*

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  18. The thin sashing looks good, you have done a great job on this quilt, it is a piece of art. I love it.

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