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Tutorial Tuesday: Churn Dash Redux {Quilt Block}

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Today I’m sharing a quilt block tutorial. I’m sure there’s a true ‘accepted’ name for this block, but I have no idea what it is, so I’m calling it Churn Dash Redux. It’s a great block to use for a virtual quilting bee, and in fact this tutorial is for the benefit of my lovely bee mates in the {Sew Bee It} bee run by my good friend Shanna of Fiber of All Sorts. (If you want to print out this tutorial, one is available through Google Docs. PLEASE read the terms at the bottom of it before you print it. I’m really tired of having my tutorials stolen.)

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So, what you’ll need for a block:

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  • 1} 4.5″ x 4.5″ square for the center
  • 4} 2.5″ x 4.5″ (white) pieces for the flying geese units
  • 8} 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares for the flying geese units
  • 4} 2.5″ x 4.5″ pieces to go next to the flying geese units
  • 4} 5″ x 5″ squares for the corners (2 of each colour)
Before I begin, I have a tip to share with you. Do you know what spray starch is? Some of you already know to use it when you’re piecing, but for those who don’t, let me tell you: It IS the best product to use to ensure you get perfect seam allowances and perfect piecing. I spray my fabric so much it’s nearly stiff before I sew with it. It took my piecing from ‘okay’ to nearly always perfect with no other effort. No, it does not gum up your needle or machine. So go get some!
(I press all my seams open to prevent bulk)
The first thing to do is make the HSTs (half square triangles) for your corner pieces. Take 2 of your 5″ x 5″ squares (the white ones in this case), and on the back, draw a line in pencil from one corner diagonally to the other one. Then place them RST with your other squares and sew two seams, 1/4″ on either side of the diagonal line. ***I am paranoid, so I draw a middle diagonal line, then I draw two additional lines 1/4″ away from the middle one, so I know when I’m sewing that I’m getting it just right.***
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Now carefully cut down your middle diagonal line, press the seams open and voila! HSTs! Do the same for both sets of squares.
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Once you’ve opened and pressed them, it’s time to trim. Trim them to exactly 4.5″ x 4.5″ and set aside.
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Now we’re going to make our flying geese units. Take your little 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares and draw a line in pencil (on the WRONG side!) diagonally from one corner to the opposite one, as shown above. ***Some people are so good they don’t have to draw a line. I am not one of those people. If you are, feel free to stitch away!***
Now lay your square RST on your white (or whatever you choose) 4.5″ x 2.5″ Flying Geese unit piece. Pay attention to the placement of the line in the left side of the pic. Sew down that line, press it over, then trim that excess corner. Make sense?
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Now do the same again on the other side of your white piece – again, pay close attention to the direction the penciled line is going in.
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Now that your FG units are finished, you can sew them to your 2.5″ x 4.5″ prints (or whatever you chose). Sew those prints together on the side of the point. See pic above.
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So, now it’s time for the final assembly. Do you like my iron? I love it. But it is funny looking! Anyway, you’ll want to assemble your block in the way I’ve shown above. Make 3 pieces, then sew those 3 together to get the final quilt block.
And here’s what you can make using that block:
This is a little mock up I did on my EQ7 just to see what it looked like. Cute, no?

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7 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Churn Dash Redux {Quilt Block}

  1. I love this simple tutorial, thanks for preparing and sharing. I am going to get back into quilting so this is perfect for me to gear back up with!

    Have you ever thought about adding a print function to your tutorial overviews, just thought it would be so easy for me to click and then have it to use at the cutting table. Just a thought?

  2. I love the way you laid out the pieces that have to be cut and measurements. I am a very visual person and that is “foolproof” for me, love it, thank you. Looking forward to more.

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