Saturday, May 5, 2012

Churn Dash Chains Free Tutorial

Several people have asked for details about the Churn Dash Chains quilt, and since it's fairly simple, I thought I'd share it here.
First, gather all your 1-3/4" bonus HSTs you've been saving! One side should be WOW or a consistant background color you like. The rest of the colors should be as varied as possible if you're going scrappy.
Next, cut 1-3/4" square of the background.

Now you need to make your divider strips. Cut from background and a scrappy print, rectangles measuring 1-3/4" x 1-1/8", and sew together as shown: (make 4)
Now put  your little parts together to make a churn dash block:
Your unfinished churn dash size should measure about 4-1/4" (finished size 3-3/4")

Your nine patch blocks will consist of 5 churn dash, and 4 background squares. You will make 7 of those. They should measure 11-3/4" unfinished size.

Your border blocks will consist of 3 churn dash, 1 background square, and one background rectangle that is cut at 4-1/4" x 11-3/4" You will make 10 of those.

Cut 18 background squares measuring 11-3/4" x 11-3/4", and assemble as shown below:

Happy Quilting!
Jean MaDan


  1. Love it...thanks Jean! ;-)

  2. I love this. I have been saving my triangle squares without a plan. Thanks!

  3. This is one of my favorite blocks, in fact it was the first block I ever pieced some 18 years ago. A little trivia about the block. If you set it on point then it looks like an old 1930's butter churn dash. If you set it straight it looks like the block Hole in the Barn Door. Your quilt is so lovely. Another favorite is the nine patch setting you chose, I may have to make this quilt too.