Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fat Quarter Traditions Churn Dash

I have always loved the churn dash block.  I love to see it coordinated, scrappy and with decorative touches.

A number of years ago I designed a series of small quilts called "Fat Quarter Traditions".  There were 3 different designs and each one was made with just fat quarters.  One of them was the churn dash.  I just updated that pattern and it is now available as a free download on craftsy.com.

I made a new sample in a more blended watercolor style.  I really like the lightness of it and I think it is perfect for spring and summer.  It reminds me of sherbet.  Light and refreshing.

My original sample featured country colors and plaids.  I couldn't find my quilt, believe it or not!  So here is my EQ drawing of it in similar fabrics.  Not as scrappy and using one background.

This size quilt is perfect for hanging on your wall, putting on your table or even for a doll quilt.

Years ago I got the idea to hand embroider small flower designs in bluework and I designed a quilt in blues and yellow using churn dash blocks and putting the bluework designs in the centers.  I still haven't gotten that done.  As a matter of fact, I only embroidered one block so far! :-)  Well, it's on my list!

A couple years ago, a friend of mine was moving to California and I wanted to make something special for her and her husband.  So I thought about doing an embroidery design and putting it into a small wall hanging.  My block of choice was the churn dash.  It was perfect for framing my embroidery.

I think that the churn dash block lends itself beautifully for embroidery, appliqué, cross stitch, fussy cut fabric, lacework, a photo or anything else that you would love to feature.  It is the perfect frame!  This project finished to 15" square so it would also make a lovely pillow.

This larger churn dash project is also included in my pattern.

I think the sky's the limit with what you can do with churn dash blocks!  I hope you will try one too!  Let me know what you do with it.  I love show and tell!

Happy Sewing,