My oldest daughter is dipping her fingers into the quilting world and had a question about keeping blocks straight when using long sashing pieces between the rows. The directions for Oriental Tiles said to do exactly that, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to make a faux cornerstones tutorial.
The vast majority of cornerstones are a contrasting color to add interest to the quilt top.
But for the Oriental Tiles the contrasting color is irritating instead of interesting, so faux cornerstones to the rescue. The only thing that the “faux” means is that the cornerstones are cut from the same fabric as the sashing.
The next part is easy. Sew block-sashing-block twice and sashing-cornerstone-sashing once, pressing to the sashing. Here is what the backside will look like. You can barely see the sashing in the top row once it is pressed.
Sewing the block row to a sashing row is made easier by nesting the seams.
It took longer to get a picture than it did to pin the whole row. Can you see how those seams are nested together? Using the thinnest pins I can find, I pin all the seams then sew the row – right over those pins. By sewing slowly over the pins I rarely have any problems.
Once the quilt top is all together, it is difficult to even see that cornerstones were used unless you get really close.
And the best part is that all the blocks line up across and down. In my opinion it doesn’t take any more time to sew faux cornerstones than it does to make little pencil marks on the long sashing to attempt to line up the blocks.