I spent some time upstairs on the sewing machine contemplating sashing for my Pine Burr blocks.
I am using the Pine Burr pattern from one of Yoko Saito's books and she has a lovely sashing effect. Ms. Saito and her devotees do all their piecing by hand but I have other things I want to make in my lifetime so I thought I'd do her sashing on the sewing machine.
Tiny 2 centimeters in height triangles... It seemed most feasible to make the sashing using the paper piecing technique.
I drew out the pattern on some old computer paper that I had. I stitched through about 8 sheets of paper with a threadless needle. That gives me 8 patterns that I can resew until I have enough paper patterns.
I still have a box of little triangles that my friend gave me... and the white triangles I could sew from a 1 1/2 inch strip. (Do you notice how I mix centimeter and inch measurements? That's why I'm always so confused.) How many strips do I need?...
Let's see. If I make 20 blocks Pine Burr blocks at 30 centimeters each... And I want sashing on all sides... And for each piece of sashing I need two triangle strips... GYAHHHhh! Is that right? I need 98 strips!
And I have 6. Should I give up now or go for it?
And I thought doing this by machine would free me up a bit...