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Thursday, June 24, 2021

DashAlong!


Yes I've joined another quilt-along, let's just get that out there first. But I can't resist them! This one honors a traditional American block, the Churn Dash, and I am a traditional gal at heart. Kairle Oaks is hosting, and you can find info about this QAL right here. She is also on Instagram as @kairleoaks 


Vintage churn dash block (found online)

The churn dash block dates back to the 1800s and supposedly represents a butter churn paddle. It is actually a variation of a 9-patch. It is a simple pattern with four HSTs, four 2-bar units, and a square in the middle that gives an opportunity for a fussy cut.

My first churn dash from 2010, part of a mini quilt

I actually made a churn dash block in my first quilting class. We made four traditional blocks set in a mini quilt. My points were pretty good because I was being taught by an official member of the Points Police.



The fabric requirements are a layer cake and background yardage - that's it. I chose Gingham Gardens layer cake and a Grunge background, which I believe is Grunge in "Paper". (If you know the secret to identifying Grunge colors from the selvage, please let me know!) I have loved Gingham Gardens for months but made myself hold off from purchasing any. As soon as I found out about this QAL, Heartfully Handmade just happened to have a 20% off sale, so that was my permission to purchase!



 This week our challenge is to cut the fabric and sew the "bar" pieces together. I couldn't wait to put a block together, and I'm loving it so far!


Jack has final approval over all aspects of the quilt process.

Exhausted from supervising

8 comments :

  1. Oh, I love that floral churnie! Jack looks pretty much like Wilbs these days. All the fur, all the heat equals sleepy eyes and naps!

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  2. I love making churn dashes! I have a lot of them at 3" that I started about 3 years ago - Now I have a pattern that is all churn dashes with a Medallion in the center - I just might start that quilt and quilt along with you!

    Hugs

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  3. I’m glad to hear that you have joined another group because that means we will get to see more blog posts. I always love to see what you’re doing. That Jack is really a cutie pie.

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  4. I thought I had left a comment on this one - guess not! I have a pattern that is next when I catch up with a few more UFOs. It is all Churn dash blocks. Maybe I can just QAL in the background! Hugs

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  5. I wish I knew the secret for identifying Grunge colors from the selvage! I've tried to match it before and it's easy to get something that's just a little bit off. I do love Grunge Paper - I used it for a quilt background and it's so pretty! Your churn dash quilt is going to be a fun one, Linda!

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  6. GURLLLL, you know I wanted to join in this one too!!! I may have to print the pattern and work on it later. Your fabrics are perfect for this one. How large will the quilt be when it's finished? I have some layer cakes I need to use up too. You know I love me some Jack. I miss my orange Jack boy too.

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  7. You picked a great fabric line for this project. Happy stitching!

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  8. Oh, a churn dash QAL. I can see why you couldn't resist. Perfectly delightful in Gingham Gardens. It sure would be good to know how to identify Grunge. I sure can't do it from digital thumbnails online, but wish I could. I might have that fabric, but maybe not.

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