Churn Dash is an old time favorite quilt block and most quilters make it at some time. It is fun and easy so quick to make and also looks great. I use it for a beginner's block in my Tote That Mat Class and Carol also used it in Anatomy of a Quilt Block class which I'm currently teaching at Academy of Quilting.
In both classes a 12" block is used so I decided to make it over, just for fun as a 6" block.
What do I need? One main fabric, a center fabric and a background. I used autumn tones.
For a 6" block I cut ONE 1 1/2" strip and TWO 3" squares from both the main fabric and the background fabric. I also needed a 2 1/2" square from the center fabric.
The two strips get sewn together along the long side and then pressed toward the darker fabric. This is then cut into 2 1/2" segments making 2 1/2" squares.
All units will end up as 2 1/2" squares by the way.
Next I will make the half square triangles for each corner of the block. I draw my line through the diagonal on the background square, then place both the background and main fabric squares right sides together and sew 1/4" each side of the line.
I repeated the same for the other pair.
I use my rotary cutter free-hand to cut along the line, but you can use your scissors if you prefer.
Now to trim. I like using the Quilt in a Day square up ruler. Since my unit needs to be 2 1/2" square, I place the 2 1/2" line directly on the stitching, then trim around the edge. It's quick and easy.
Now just press the seam toward the dark triangle and in no time at all, I have FOUR half square triangle units.
I can arrange them to see how they look...
and then just sew them together in rows and rows together to complete the block.
What do you think? I think this would make a wonderful fall quilt.