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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Linda Lou's Church Dress - DashAlong Finish!

Here is my long-awaited DashAlong finish! OK, why the name? I was going to name it "Life Is A Churnie" inspired by Wendy when she complimented my "churnies" (LOL!), but I decided to pick something more meaningful to me. I was named for Linda Darnell (movie actress from the 1940s) and Mom's beloved Aunt Lula, and "Linda Lou" is what both my Mom and Daddy called me all their lives! The floral prints and ginghams remind me of my childhood and the dresses my Mom made for me. She had so little time and not much money, but she picked out the prettiest fabric she could afford and sewed late at night so I could have a new "dress for church". I wish I still had all of the clothes she made me.

Here is the flimsy held by my #1 quilt model

This quilt began back in June with a quilt-along hosted by Kairlie Oaks. You can read more details about the quilt-along and about churn dash quilt blocks in my post on June 24 right here. And you can see more versions on Instagram #DashAlong

Churn dash is an old-fashioned block that looks great even without sashing, but if I make one again, I will probably add block sashing and cornerstones.

I fell in love with Gingham Gardens line by Riley Blake

I'm already cuddling with it

I like the back as well as the front, even though my blocks weren't very balanced. And I'm not sure what I did with those corner blocks either! But I love the fabrics, so that's all that matters.

Quilt Details:
Pattern - churn dash block
Finished size: 60" x 72"
Finished size laundered: 56" x 68"

Fabrics Front and Back
Gingham Gardens by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Piecing and quilting: Superior Threads 50wt #403 Genoa Gray

Meander on Handi Quilter 


  1. I like that old pattern block - it makes for nice quilts - yours included!

  2. Simply wonderful!!! And I love the name, it means something to you. I called my Churn Dash, Churn Bash because the fabrics came from a store called Wabash Valley. It's all in the name!

  3. Great title, Life is a Churnie! I love yours and love the back too. Great job on the quilting too. I need to get a quilt done so I can get one on the frame....I hate when it is more than a few weeks between quilting adventures.

  4. Churn dash blocks are ALWaYs wonderful...& I love the name of your quilt too...xox

  5. The name is perfect, and what fond memories it must evoke for you each time you look at the quilt. Your churnies (grin!) are beautiful!

  6. Congratulations on your finish, Linda - it's so pretty! I love the old fashioned, cozy look of this quilt, and it's so neat that it brought back good memories of your mom sewing dresses for you. My mom did the same, and I do wonder what happened to all those little girl dresses!

  7. How pretty! I am certainly learning a lot about quilting from you. The soft colors would make this wonderful to snuggle with during those cool nights as we approach spring.

  8. Quilts with a story. Fun to read who you were named after. I have to google that name.

    1. Yes, apparently Mom really liked that actress! ;)


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