Churn Dash

Posted by Ruth on 9 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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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 Quilt University.

Tote That Mat

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.

Pieced cut for my 6" block

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.

Strips joined and cut into segments

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.

Stitching both sides of the line

I repeated the same for the other pair.

Repeat for other set

I use my rotary cutter free-hand to cut along the line, but you can use your scissors if you prefer. 

I used my rotary cutter to cut along the line

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.

Using my Square up Ruler

Now just press the seam toward the dark triangle and in no time at all, I have FOUR half square triangle units.

Half Square Triangles

I can arrange them to see how they look...

All units arranged to form the block

and then just sew them together in rows and rows together to complete the block. 

Churn Dash finished

What do you think? I think this would make a wonderful fall quilt.

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