Tuesday, September 12, 2017

KCMQG Block Or Every Other Month - #4 The Small Churn Dash


Hi there folks!

I hope you are all well and ready to make some great little quilt blocks. 

This is the 4th installment of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild Block of Every Other Month

Today I present to you the Small Churn Dash.  Isn't is so adorable? Daniella wanted to do Churn Dashes this month. The Churn Dash block is a classic in every sense of the word. I fussy cut the centers and I prefer the block on point, so I added the triangles on the sides. This is optional (as are most things right?) you can easily just omit the triangles and make it a traditional square block.





Here is the video Daniella and I worked on showing how to make the block. Daniella is the sweetest lady.



Here are Daniella's Churn Dash blocks as a table runner. Hers look like crosses the way she worked her colors and her HST (half square triangle) corner blocks don't have a specific background color. I love how you can make blocks look totally different just by color placement.


Here is how I have used the blocks in my quilt. I really am trying to NOT make a Medallion quilt, but the quilt seems to want to be a medallion. I do have a plan to force it into another configuration. I am really loving how this quilt is coming together. If you are following along I would love to see yours.


Cutting instructions:
  • Center 2 1/4 inch square
  • Churn Dash 3 1/4 inch square and 1 1/4 inch x 10 inch strip
  • First background 2 1/4 inch square and 1 1/4 inch  x 10 inch strip
  • Second background 5 1/2 inch square (this can actually be a 6 inch square that way you won't loose your points like I did)
* in the picture above I have already sewn my 2 strips together ready to submit into the pieces of the churn dash and background.

*the video will show me sewing around the 4 sides of the 3 1/4 inch squares and then cutting them in half diagonally twice as well.



Cut your second background in half twice diagonally


The corner HST blocks will be 2 inches. Submit the strip pieced part into 4 x 2 1/2 inch pieces and piece the block like it is show above.


Last sew on the 4 triangles pieces and trim the block to about 6 1/2 inches. Be careful with your pressing as the triangles are cut on the bias and tend to distort. I don't mind this as I can force them into the piecing easier, but some folks don't like this. It does;t bother me in the slightest.

Have the best day and let me know what your quilts are looking like! Ask questions below in comments if you have them. I may have left something out. Next time will be wonky stars...my all time favorite.

Cheers!
Tia

4 comments:

  1. really pretty! Your quilt is coming together nicely. I meant to ask in your previous post, who braids your hair?

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    1. Thanks Leeanne. I braid my own hair. If I wash it at night it is normally too crazy in the morning so I just braid it out of the way.

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    2. How the heck do you braid two? I can manage one down the middle.....my arms nearly drop off!

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    3. I part my hair in the middle and put one side in a pony tail so it stays out of the way. I then braid my other side. When it is done I do the pony tail side. I don't know HOW I learned. My mom never did french braids on my sisters and I. I had a friend in Germany whose mom would do elaborate french braids on her hair and her sisters hair. I thought they looked like princesses. I asked her to teach me how to do it. Her little sister sat patiently while we braided her hair over and over and over. I can do it blindfolded which is helpful when you are trying to braid your own hair. Thank you Cameron!!!! My daughter has me do her hair from time to time and I love it. There is something soothing about braiding someones hair.

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Thanks for commenting! I read each one. I will either respond via email or here in the comments. xo - Tia