How to Add Sashing to a Quilt As You Go Quilt

applique dinosaur quilt with sashing

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I’ve had SO MANY people ask how they can add sashing to their QAYG quilts. So many!

I don’t usually use sashing (or borders) in my quilts – but for this dinosaur quilt I really wanted them to divide the long panorama-style rows of dinosaur landscapes.

Dinosaur Quilt Pattern (napping size) from Shiny Happy World

So it’s the perfect opportunity for a video!

I need to clarify one thing up front. This is NOT the sashing you often see in QAYG quilts. That sashing is designed to hide the seams between the blocks, and it’s usually pretty skinny (usually maxing out at about an inch wide).

This is more traditional-style sashing (or borders) that you can make any width you like.

It’s done just like adding sashing to a regular quilt – except that you quilt the fabric to the batting before you cut it in strips and sew it to the blocks.

It really is that simple.

Here’s the video showing how. . .

See how easy that is?

I promised links to a few more helpful videos and tutorials related to this one, and here they are.

General intro to my Quilt As You Go method

You can also get a great overview of my QAYG method in this free video workshop.

How to Add Sashing to a Quilt

Quilting from the Center Out to the Edges (used on the large piece of sashing fabric you saw in this video)

Dinosaur quilt pattern

And that awesome dinosaur skeleton fabric I used for the sashing? Sorry. It’s been discontinued now. 🙁 But the good news is that there’s ALWAYS a great selection of dinosaur fabrics in the world. 🙂

Happy quilting!

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World


  1. Leah Swanson SAYS...

    So when doing Quilt as you go you don’t use a backing fabric?

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  3. Joyce Gloria SAYS...

    Hi Wendi, I’m very interested in learning QAYG because I hate quilting large amounts of fabric on my sewing machine. This method looks like you still have to add backing and then quilt the backing to the already quilted blocks. Why not just make a quilt sandwich and make the backing as part of the block right away? I’m really trying to avoid cramming all that fabric into a mouse hole. It is not an enjoyable process.

    • There is another QAYG method where you do what you describe – quilting the backing on from the beginning – but then you have to cover your seams from when you join the blocks together and I do NOT enjoy that step. With the method I use I do all the stitching that requires a lot of direction changes (quilting the block and outlining the applique) when it’s just a single block – and then I sew all the blocks together, add the backing, and then JUST do the final quilting over the seams between the blocks. That’s all straight lines (no direction changes!) and they’re 10 inches apart – so it’s relatively painless. It’s still the least fun part of the project, but I can do the final quilting on a nap-size quilt in about 30 minutes. I can deal with it for that long. 🙂 It’s all about choosing the method that works for what YOU enjoy.