Saturday, May 30, 2020

Churn Dash Quilt Block

The churn dash quilt block is a traditional block that has been around for over 150 years. It's timeless! 

I believe one of the reasons it is still used so often is because it's so simple to make. It's a variation of a 9 patch block

It's made with four half square triangles, four strip blocks and a plain center block.

Plus get a FREE printable cut list for multiple sizes!

red and white churn dash quilt block

I've been on a quilting kick lately.

I've made Bird's in the Air, Shoo Fly and Jacob's Ladder quilt blocks. Click through to my quilting tab to see everything.

Keep reading to learn how to make the churn dash quilt block with step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial.


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To make a churn dash block, you will need squares of fabric and strips of fabric.

The size needed depends on the size of the finished block. 

I created a chart of the fabric requirements for four common block sizes. You can sign up for it at the end of the post and it will be sent directly to your email.

Cutting measurements for 3 inch block:

  • 2 squares 2 3/4 inches
  • 2 strips 1 X 7 inches
  • 1 square 1 1/2 inches

Cutting measurements for 6 inch block:

  • 2 squares 4 1/8 inches
  • 2 strips 1 1/2 X 11 inches
  • 1 square 2 1/2 inches

Cutting measurements for 9 inch block:

  • 2 squares 5 3/4 inches
  • 2 strips 2 X 15 inches
  • 1 square 3 1/2 inches

Cutting measurements for 12 inch block:

  • 2 squares 7 1/4 inches
  • 2 strips 2 1/2 X 19 inches
  • 1 square 4 1/2 inches


Now that we've cut out all of our fabric, let's get started. Follow along for step-by-step instructions.

OR watch the video

Note: All seams are sewn with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
fabric needed for churn dash block

Cut out your fabric and create your half square triangles.

Cut measurements are determined using a 4 at a time HST method(Visit the tutorial for in depth instructions).

Basically, with right sides together, you will sew around all four sides of the two larger squares. Cut them diagonally from corner to opposite corner in each direction. 

You will now have four HST's. Press the seams toward the darker fabric. Trim them to the correct size.
fabric blocks and strips

Now let's make our strip blocks. With right sides together, sew together the two long strips. Press open toward the darker fabric.

fabric cut and ready to make a churn dash quilt block

Cut the strip into blocks (Cut the size needed for your desired quilt block size).

They should be the same size as your middle block.

churn dash quilt block fabric laid out and ready to sew

Lay out the blocks in the correct order and begin sewing them together.

Sew each row together.

Press the seams on the top and bottom rows toward the middle.

Press the seams on the middle row away from the middle.

Next sew all of the rows together and press seams away from the middle.

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red and cream churn dash quilt blockred and cream churn dash quilt block

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