Today is my day in the Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along! I’m happy I can finally share my finished mini quilt with this block (I wasn’t sure how much I could share before my “official” day, so I’m sorry for the sneak peeks here and there)!
This block and this quilt were so much fun! I’m definitely going to make a larger version later this summer–I’m trying to decide between a patriotic quilt or a Christmas one from my scraps!
I knew from the beginning I wanted something bright and cheery for my growing mini wall in my sewing room, and the polka dots in the new Moda “Dottie” collection were calling my name. I thought it would be a lot of fun to combine them with some of my favorite low-volume and text print fabrics.
And then Abby suggested the perfect quilting, so I sent my mini over to her (I’ll use this same quilting design when I make my larger version–love it)!
So, just a little bit about my process as I sewed. It went together quickly, and I know even making 9 or 16 of these blocks for a large quilt will go quickly as well. My next version is going to be a scrappy one…this is such a terrific pattern for scraps because you can use a lot of pieces that really aren’t that big to make a fun, big block. Jane’s cutting directions are terrific–they are all in a table which makes it easy to read.
I did all of the strip piecing first, and I “chain pieced” every one of these sections–it went super fast.
Next I made all of the half-square triangles for the entire block; again, I chain pieced. Jane’s instructions allow for the hst’s to be trimmed to the perfect size: win-win–my favorite method, too!
And then the fun really begins. With every step I was in love with my block. Of course I had to snap a picture each step of the way.
I just enjoyed every step of this process. Since my parts and pieces were all ready to go, it really went quickly, too!
The contrast between the yellow polka dots from April Showers, the yellow polka dots from Dottie, and the Sweetwater text print might be my favorite part of the entire block.
The navy polka dot is from Avalon by Fig Tree & Company, and I believe I even have polka dots from Vintage Modern in here, too.
I felt like it needed a pop of red for the binding, so I used the Moda Essential dots for that.
I used Aurifil thread for this project…I love the creamy 2021 for piecing, and I used the red #2250 for a perfect match with my binding.
If you are thinking about making this quilt block and/or quilt I certainly recommend it–the block pattern is just $2 in Jane’s Craftsy shop (affiliate link). Be sure you drop by these incredible blogs to see their projects…
June 10th – Kim Niedzwiecki – http://www.gogokim.blogspot.com.au
June 11th – Pat Sloan – http://www.blog.patsloan.com
June 12th – Lissa Alexander – http://www.modalissa.blogspot.com
June 13th – Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop http://www.fatquartershop.blogspot.com.au
June 16th – Frances Newcombe – http://www.bellybuttonsboutique.blogspot.com
And coming up soon we will be delighted with projects from these talented people.
June 19th – Sara Lawson – http://www.sewsweetness.com
June 20th – Amy Smart – http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
June 21st – Katy Jones – http://www.imagingermonkey.blogspot.com
Upload your finished blocks or projects to the Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back with the next post in my Organizing Series tomorrow!