An essential tool in any quilter's box is the ability to line up blocks or squares across spaces that don't have any clear landmarks such as simple patchwork with a lattice or blocks with long, uninterrupted sashing strips. Before I learned how to do this, no matter how careful I tried to be in pinning, I couldn't get things to line up properly. It can be so frustrating. But I promise this is easy!
I'm going to work on a simple patchwork, but this can easily be adapted to as large an application as you like.
First, sew your squares (or blocks) into rows or columns, add your long sashing strips, and press.
Next, take a small ruler and lay it against the seam you want to match.
Using a water-soluble pen, mark on the far side of the sashing strip where you will attach the next row.
Repeat this step for all rows.
Now pin (or glue baste - hello, Cristy!) your next row to the marked row, being sure to set the seam just to the inside of the mark you made (since your mark is just to the outside of the seam below).
Sew along your pinned seam, careful to remove pins before sewing over them, of course!
Repeat for as many blocks or square you have and Bob's your uncle. Lovely, line-up squares that don't scoot along your seam.
Be sure to go back and brush up on other tips if you missed any of the stops on this blog hop. I re-learned some things I had forgotten and even learned a few I never knew how to do before!