So I was all ready to write about how aptly named this block is … because you can churn through them so quickly, dashing them off one after another … when I thought I had better actually look this up. Turns out it’s named after its resemblance to a butter churn and butter? Pays to fact-check I guess! Seriously though this block was so speedy to put together (I used the instructions in this video by the Missouri Star Quilt Company – only difference was that my layer cakes were more like 9.75 inches square), I can see this becoming a favourite.
One thing I did struggle with was making sure that my points didn’t disappear at the edges of the block (or I guess, that they won’t in the future when it’s joined to something, because they approach the edges too closely). I eventually figured out that the key is not to be to stingy with my seam allowance, i.e. they should not be scant at all and can even be a little generous to avoid this result. (At least I think this is the solution? If anyone can correct me on this / has a better strategy I would love to hear about it!)
I love your churn dash. The fabric choices are perfect. And scant seam allowances seem to fix a lot of issues so that’s the way I’d go!
This is one of my favorite blocks, beautiful!
Love this block! Your orange is so bright and happy!
Thank you Dee!
The Churn Dash was my grandmother’s all time favorite block to work with! It is also mine. I always use a scant quarter inch seam allowance and this helps tremendously to keeping those points.
I came over from Kelly’s Needle and Thread Thursday through your link. Please come visit me too.
Thank you Thearica for stopping by (and for the input!)