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How to Make a Perfect Churn Dash Quilt Block

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Inside: How to Make a Perfect Churn Dash Quilt Block

The Churn Dash Quilt Block is a very basic block that has stood the test of time. This popular quilt block is a very old 9-Patch quilt block pattern, originating sometime between 1800 and 1850. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the block’s triangle and rectangle perimeter to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.

 This quilt block is also recognized as the “Monkey Wrench” Quilt Block. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to put together this fun and easy quilt block. Let’s get started!

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Churn Dash Quilt Block Supplies

Fabric Requirements:

  • Light Fabric – Kona Canary #0026
    • Qty (1) 7″ square
    • Qty (1) 2.5″ x 18″
  • Dark Fabric – Kona Aruba #0837
    • Qty (1) 7″ square
    • Qty (1) 2.5″ x 18″
  • Middle Fabric – Kona Cantaloupe #0059
    • Qty (1) 4.5″ square
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Basic Sewing Supplies Needed


CHURN DASH QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL

Step 1: Preparing the Fabric

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles. Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.

Learn How to Make a Perfect Churn Quilt Block

Step 2: Half Square Triangles (HST) 4-at-a-time

Follow the diagram below to make four half square triangles.

  1. Place a light and a dark fabric square right sides together.
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance all around the perimeter of the square. See How to Sew the Perfect Quilting Seam Allowance for more details.
  3. Make (2) diagonal cuts and press each piece open to one side.
  4. Trim away the dog ears using a square quilting ruler.
Learn How to Make a Perfect Churn Quilt Block

Step 3: Assembling the Block

  1. Sew the (2) long strips of fabric  – right sides together (pictured below).
  2. Next, cut your sewn strip of fabrics into (4) equal parts. Press open to the dark side.
  3. Join all rows according to the diagram below. Use a quarter inch seam allowance. Take time to nest your seams.
  4. Press your completed block and trim down to 12.5″ square (if necessary).
Learn How to Make a Perfect Churn Quilt Block

Step 4: Pressing

It’s important to pay attention to the back of the block, which helps identify the pressing direction. Don’t forget to nest your seams to ensure really great junctions!

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The Churn Dash Quilt Block is such a fun and easy block! You can also modify this block by changing the center square fabric. You can try using the same light fabric for a more traditional block, or you can even use a coordinating or contrasting print for a fun change of pace!

These are really easy to make and I hope you make lots and lots of them!

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Happy Quilting!


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