Thursday, March 27, 2014

12" Churn Dash Block Tutorial

A few months I was contacted to see if I'd be interested in sharing a block tutorial for the Patchwork Posse Round Robin. I was asked to pick a favorite block...but that is really too hard for me, so I decided on one of my "standby favorites--" the Churn Dash. This tutorial is for a 12" finished block.

From background fabric (I'm using the Bella Aqua) you'll need 2 squares 5" x 5" and 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". For the center you'll need a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square, and you'll also 2 squares 5" x 5" and 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" out of a contrast fabric.

First you'll need to make 4 half-square triangle blocks using the 2 background squares 5" x 5" and the 2 contrast squares 5" x 5". Put one background square right sides together with one contrast square. Draw a line down the middle and sew 1/4" on either side of the line. Next, cut on the line and trim so your half-square triangle block will measure exactly 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". You will make 2 hst blocks from each pair. For a full tutorial on my method for making half-square triangles, see this half square triangle tutorial post.

Next you'll need to sew each of the background 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles to  a contrast 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle. Press seams toward the background fabric.

You will now have 9 different units to be used to create your churn dash block. Lay out the units as shown in the photo above. Sew the blocks in each row together, pressing toward the rectangle square units in each row. Sew the three rows together, pressing toward the center row.

That's it! You've made a churn dash block!

Not only is this a fun round robin of tutorials...but you can also have a chance to win prizes each week by making the blocks and posting to the Flikr page.
Here is the link to that Flikr page so you can join in! This weeks giveaways are sponsored by Sulky, and there are three chances to win.

Also...congrats to scottylover who is the winner of the April Showers Jelly Roll from Olie and Evie! I'll be sending you an email!


Mountain Home Quilts said...

Certainly one of my all time favorite blocks! :)

Cathy said...

Great tutorial. I pre-ordered your book from Amazon and it came yesterday. I LOVE it. I love the stories about the quilts and your grandmothers. Hugs

Kathi Riemer said...

I love the colors you picked. Thank you for sharing!

Scattered Threads said...

This is one of my favorite blocks too. Nice color combo. said...

I have yet to make my first churn dash quilt. It is on my list though ... I got really close last year when I bought some Cherry Christmas fabric and saw a pattern for an oversized churn dash - but I didn't take the plunge. Thought - how cute would it be to have a churn dash block sampler, where the center square was a different traditional block inside?

Sherry said...

One of my favorite blocks. Love your color choices. Thanks Sherri.

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