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How to Make Wonky Faux Sashing for QAYG Blocks

Horse applique block on red background - text reads How to Make Wonky Faux Sashing

I get a lot of requests about adding sashing to Quilt As You Go quilts. I’ve got a tutorial here showing how to add traditional sashing to a QAYG quilt, like this.

But my favorite method is actually to add fake WONKY sashing to my blocks. That makes blocks that dance around in your quilt, tipping slightly in different directions. It makes the appliques look like they’re peeking out of slightly Seussian windows. 🙂

It’s really easy to do! Here’s a video showing how. . .

Here are those dimensions. . .

  • Cut your background blocks 10 1/2 inches square
  • Cut your batting 13 inches square (you’ll trim it later to 12 1/2 inches square)
  • Cut your strips for the sashing 2 1/2 inches wide

And here are the rest of the links I promised. . .

Of course – once you make some wonky sashing to frame your applique, your next step will be to sometimes make your applique bust out of its frame – like these silly monsters.

That’s what you’ll learn in this video. 🙂

Find links to all the posts about pattern size and layouts here.

Quilt Sizes and Supplies Needed

Play with Your Layouts – Multiple Possibilities for One Quilt Pattern


How to Make Applique Bust Out of Its Frame

Alternate or Broken Grid layouts (adding half and double blocks)

How to Make an Applique Rag Quilt

How to Make a Polaroid Quilt

How to Make a Wonky Churn Dash Frame for Any Block

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Happy stitching!


  1. Crystal Conrad-Kauffman SAYS...

    So neat, Wendy!
    I love that monster quilt. You did that differently – like you built up the wonky background from the beginning and then appliqued the monsters on top. Do you have a tutorial for that? The wonky background piece not just the sashing? Hope that makes sense what I am asking!

    • Yes – I’ll be doing a tutorial for those scrappy backgrounds too. 🙂

  2. Connie Greenwald SAYS...

    Do you leave your walking foot on when sewing the entire block?

  3. Joan SAYS...

    This horsey is adorable! And I’m starting to “quilt” the background like you show. It’s much cleaner and les “congested” than the twirly/floral I’ve been doing for 402 years. Thanks!