The Churn Dash Quilting Block
Everyone has one or two favorite
quilting blocks This one is my favorite blocks. The Churn Dash is a classic, vintage
quilting block. It is frugal and easy to make.
The Churndash block is made from
triangles, rectangles, and a square in the center.
In the picture to the left with the
grids, you can see that this is a 9 patch block. You can see the four
triangles in the corners of the block.
If you construct the
triangles to finish at 4 inches, then the center block would be cut 4 1/2 inches
You can cut two strips of fabric for
the rectangles, sew them together, and then cut the strips the desired size.
Again, if you want them to finish at 4 inches, you cut the strips 2
1/2 inches, and after they are sew together (you would lose 1/2 inch in the
seam) the width will measure 4 1/2 inches raw.
Cut the strip length also
at 4 1/2 inches raw. These blocks will finish at 4
inches when sewn to another fabric.
Just make sure you sew your
triangles accurately, so you have the 1/4 inch seam allowance at the end of
the points, and can
this block without cutting them off.
Churndash looks good in a variety of prints. To the left is a Churndash done
with batik fabric and a Churndash done with patriotic fabric.
This block also looks good with the
blocks set on point and a
Have some fun with this frugal and
easy block. This is one of those blocks that do not confuse you. It
is hard to mess up. Also, the center square is a great opportunity to showcase a
special fabric or print.