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Churn Dash or Churn Dash ?

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Relax time over; back to work for me!

I should use my free time to work on UFO’s but what fun is that when starting something new is SEW exciting 🙂

On my list of quilt blocks to make is the Churn Dash – a simple classic pattern which has many variations and known by many other names such as hole in the barn door, monkey wrench and Lincoln’s Platform, I’m sure there are many more names.

The churn dash quilt block pattern is a simple nine patch comprised of half square triangles, strip piecing and solid squares – quilting basics!

For me churn dash equals charm pack opportunity!

I used 9 charm squares (5 x 5 inch squares) to make one 12.5 unfinished churn dash quilt block. Using one Crazy for Red by Minick and Simpson charm pack I created 4 blocks. I love the barn red and tan color combination.

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Crazy For Red Churn Dash

Not sure if I will turn the four blocks into a small table topper or create something larger. I have one more Crazy for Red charm pack plus a couple of French General favorites charm packs that are similar in color. I’ll keep you posted!

As I mentioned earlier the churn dash has many variations. One of the blogs I follow GenXquilters.com has a section titled “Patchwork Auditions” where she offers different layout options for a few classic quilt blocks including the churn dash.

I was really intrigued with her “H” option for the churn dash. I printed out the coloring sheets, pulled out a few Kate Spain Solstice fat quarters and got busy!

The table runner below is 4 blocks using her “H” option.

Amazing — I can’t believe its the same block!  The secondary diamond design in the center is so cool.  The entire layout has an overall “X” like look — I just love it!

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Solstice Churn Dash Variation

 

What do you think?

Until next time…

Hashtag Merry Christmas

Hello Friends — Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

I’m not a big social media participant, I do enjoy following certain “hashtags” on Instagram to see quilt projects.

I signed up for Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy Class: Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simplewhere she teaches you how make a hashtag quilt using a jelly roll and yardage. Pattern seems to be quite simple and the visual instructions are super terrific.

I needed/wanted a Christmas quilt but didn’t have a Christmas jelly roll on hand, instead I had a couple of Kate Spain’s Joy and Solstice charm packs and decided to make a super sized hash tag — although at my age I call it a number sign 🙂

After sketching it out on graph paper this is what I came up with. Quilt measures 56 x 56 inches.

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Hashtag Super Size

 

Fleece is a fabric that has a pile and can be found mostly in sports wear and jackets.  I’ve sewn with fleece in the past making sweat pants, scarves and blankets.  I find it a joy to sew with because it doesn’t fray and stitching mistakes don’t show ! Because of my blanket experience I thought I would try fleece as a quilt backing. We are moving to Florida in a few months so I decided to not use batting with the fleece.

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fleece backing

Here’s a quick tutorial if you would like to make a Super Sized Hashtag  Quilt for yourself.

For a 56 x 56 inch quilt – 5 x 5 setting

Fabric:

  1. 2 charm packs (5 x 5 inch squares) you will use 64
  2. 2 yards of background fabric (will have plenty left over)
  3. 1/2 yard for binding
  4. 2 yards fleece (60 inches wide) for quilt back

Cutting

  • Background fabric – WOF = width of fabric
    • 3- 9 1/2 x WOF strips – sub-cut into nine (9)- 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 squares
    • 6 – 5 1/2 x WOF strips for borders
  • Binding fabric
    • 7 – 2 1/2  x WOF strips

Assembly – all seams are 1/4 inch

  1. arrange and sew the 64 five inch squares into sixteen (16)- 4 patches; completed 4 patch block should measure 9 1/2 inch square.
  2. Arrange by row as follows: B = Background 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 square   4 = 4 patch square
    1. Row 1 – B  4  B  4  B
    2. Row 2 – 4  4  4  4  4
    3. Row 3 –  B  4  B  4  B
    4. Row 4 – 4  4  4  4  4
    5. Row 5 – B  4  B  4  B
  3. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams open.
  4. Join rows together. Press seams open.
  5. BREATHE – quilt center is finished 🙂
  6. Borders
    1. cut 2 of your 5 1/2 inch x WOF strips in half.
    2. Sew one of the half pieces to the ends of each of the four (4) remaining border strips.
    3. Attach the left and right side borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    4. Attach top and bottom borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    5. Starch and press quilt top
  7. Layer, Mark & Baste
    1. Lay fleece backing right side down
    2. Lay Quilt Top right side up on backing
    3. I used masking tape to create diagonal lines that formed an “X” through each block. If you are unfamiliar with using masking tape as a quilting marking tool I recommend watching this video by Leah Day.
    4. Pin base with safety pins ( or your preferred method)
  8. Quilt
    1. I used my walking foot to stitch along side the masking tape.
    2. In the borders I did straight line quilting in random widths
  9. Binding
    1. Join your seven (7) strips of 2 1/2 x WOF
    2. bind using your preferred method — I prefer machine binding and this is the tutorial I use.

I use my hashtag quilt as throw for our couch — of course I had to have matching pillows!

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2016 Hashtag Charm Quilt

 

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X Plus Quilted 20 inch pillow

Using Amada Rolfe’s you tube tutorial for the X Plus Quilt Block as my inspiration, I made two 20 inch pillows. Now I’m set for binge TV watching — gotta get caught up on my shows!

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