zondag 27 maart 2016

And the girls are playing double dutch - a churn dash block tutorial

My dutch quilting "group" Double Dutch have started a "random sampler quilt along" some time ago and we have decided to bring it to life again, because random samplers are so much fun and even more fun when doing them together.

A sampler is a classic quilt design in which you use several quilt blocks of different designs or patterns, but in the same size. Usually in some kind of grid. Like the farmers wife quilt for example. The grid or lay-out can vary but the blocks are the same size in a classic sampler. In a random sampler there is no grid, you improvise all kinds of blocks together in to a quilt. For this random sampler there is a rule: The blocks should be 3, 6, 9 or 12 inch (finished), that makes the puzzling a little less challenging when you want to put it together.

We all enter designs or tutorials for this quilt. I you like the design you make one, or a few of these blocks. I have entered a tutorial before, you can find it here. You can find all the tutorials for the double dutch random sampler here. You can join us at any time and even contribute block tutorials if you want. Feel very welcome.

I've decided to add a tutorial to the list for a churn dash. It is no original design, but a very nice addition to any random sampler I think.



For those of you who can't read my handwriting:

6 inch finished (6 1/2 inch unfinished) churndash block

Cutting instructions:
Color 1:
- two 3 inch squares
- one 2 1/2 inch squares
- four 2 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch rectangles

Color 2:
- two 3 inch squares
- four 2 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch rectangles

Sewing instructions:
- make 4 half square triangles (HST's) using the 3 inch squares, trim to 2 1/2 inch
- pair the rectangles
- lay-out the block and sew it together


For the second one I used 3 different fabrics as a variation


If you would like to make a smaller churn dash, you could use some really small scraps! And they would make nice fillers when you are ready to puzzle the top together. These are the measurements I used:

3 inch finished (3 1/2 inch unfinished) churndash block

Cutting instructions:
Color 1:
- two 2 inch squares
- one 1 1/2 inch squares
- four 1 1/2 inch x 1 1 inch rectangles

Color 2:
- two 2 inch squares
- four 1 1/2 inch x 1 inch rectangles

Sewing instructions:
- make 4 half square triangles (HST's) using the 2 inch squares, trim to 1 1/2 inch
- pair the rectangles
- lay-out the block and sew it together






Hope you like it, see you soon!

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