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:
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:
I cut some wonky triangles from the sparkly fabric:
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.
Next I started laying out pieces for color placement:
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.
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.
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.
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