The Wonky Churn Dash Block

My modern quilt guild has a tiny challenge for the month of March: make a wonky churn dash block.  Here is a traditional churn dash block from Marcia Hohn’s Quilter’s Cache website.  Marcia has a lot of free blocks and step-by-step instructions/patterns on her website; check it out:

http://www.quilterscache.com/C/ChurnDashBlock.html

We are all using the same colors, deep red and deep blue.  No rules for size or fabric, just the two colors.  There will be a drawing at our March meeting and some lucky member will go home with all of the blocks.  I started with these strips (the remains of my hand dyed turquoise and some sparkly strips from my daughter) and three red blocks:

Red & Blue Scraps

Red & Blue Scraps

I cut some wonky triangles from the sparkly fabric:

Cutting triangles

Cutting triangles

I sewed the blue triangles to the red squares, not placing them at the halfway point–that way I had enough of the printed fabric for the corner half-square triangles.  Trim the seam allowances as you go to reduce bulk.  I pressed everything to the red fabric.

Trimming seam allowances

Trimming seam allowances

Next I started laying out pieces for color placement:

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3

Step 3

Okay, so here are all the pieces, but is this really going to match up enough to work?  Who knows–it’s a crap shoot when you piece on the fly.

Here I put the units together in rows and trimmed straight edges in order to sew the rows together.

Top Row

Top Row

Center Row

Center Row

I even managed to match up the center seams fairly well.  Here is the finished block–I couldn’t quite squeeze 6-1/2 inches out but I think it’s pretty cute.   It will lose some points but it has personality. This took me less than hour, start to finish.

Squared Up

Squared Up

If you have some scraps and want to try some improvisational piecing, make your own churn dash–or choose another simple block and PLAY!  Be brave and have some fun.

Tempus fugit.

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Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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