How big is it?
This is a 9-inch block.
Like most Nine-Patch designs, Churn Dash pieces very easily. The block features right triangles, rectangles and a square. Its three rows are formed by combining units from these shapes; triangle-pair squares and rectangle-pair squares. This block works up in three steps; cutting, unit assembly and row assembly.
Cutting - Rotary cutting provides quick results for this block. Two fabrics are needed, typically white and a print. Any colored solid may be used in place of white, but it should be a light shade and coordinate with the print used.
Unit Assembly - Churn Dash uses pairs of triangles and pairs of rectangles to form some squares. In piecing these units, use a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Row Assembly - The rows in this block work up easily, but it is important to pay attention to the positioning of the units created in the previous step. Rows 1 and 3 are mirrored opposites of each other, so row positioning should also be checked before sewing. Compare your layout with this pattern to avoid the need to use a seam ripper.
Churn Dash blocks form very interesting geometric designs when placed side-by-side. In this example, purple blocks are surrounded by a thin white border and a secondary thicker purple border. The white triangles of each block join together to create an appealing diamond pattern across the quilt.
Churn Dash also works well with strips of sashing. In this layout, neutral white sashing frames purple and green blocks. A purple border echoes colors in the quilt and ties the design together. This sampler-style layout is a good choice for blocks made of various scrap fabrics.
A layout with sashing also works for quilts done up in single color family. In this example, pink blocks are surrounded by coordinating sashing.
A combination of solid blocks and sashing used alongside Churn Dash blocks creates an eye-catching effect, and provides ample quilting space. This example is worked up in both white and pink fabrics. By using a small group of fabrics, this design can carry off a more complex motif without appearing too busy.
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