Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Churn Dash Tutorial

Let's make some butter today!

(Special Thanks to Jan from Sew Sow In Love for getting that "code" stuck in my head today on Twitter!)

Ok today I am going to teach you all to make butter (the Churn Dash quilt block that is).

* Acrylic Rulers: I used a 2-1/2" square, 2-1/2" x 16" rectangle, and a 4-1/2" square.
* Sewing machine
* Neutral Thread: I use Aurifil #2000
* Rotary cutter and mat
* Iron and Ironing board

Ingredients needed:
* Scraps from 2 different fabrics (see measurements below for amount needed).

I am using 1800s Civil War Reproduction fabric in blue (background) and red (focus).

Let's get Churning!

Step 1: Press fabric to get the wringkles or creases out.

Step 2: Cut fabric. Remember measure twice, cut once!

From blue fabric: (1) 2-1/2" square, (1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip, (2) 2-7/8" squares.
From red fabric: (1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip and (2) 2-7/8" squares.

(I'm missing my 2-1/2" square of blue fabric in the above picture. I had forgotten to cut it out when I took it.)

Step 3: Draw a diagonal line on the blue (lighter fabric) fabric.

Step 4: Place one blue square on top of one red square and repeat with the other squares. Also place the strips on top of each other.

Step 5: Sew 1/4" along one long side of the strips. Sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn lines on the squares. After you have sewn the seams for the squares, cut down the drawn line to make 2 Half Square Triangles from each set (total of 4 HSTs).

Step 6: Press seams to the dark fabric.

Step 7: Square the end of the strip and then cut (4) 2-1/2" squares.

(Make sure that when you measure to make the 2-1/2" squares seam centered on the ruler.)

Step 8: Square up the HSTs.

Step 9: Layout all of the squares in their correct spots according to the pattern.

Step 10: Sew the rows together and press seams toward the red (darker fabric).

Step 11:  Sew rows together and press seams toward the red (darker fabric).

This is a super easy block. It took me maybe 30 mins to make (including time it took to take photos and get my kids stuff). This could also be easily made into a signature block too!

Happy Sewing!

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