The Churn Dash quilt block is a two-color traditional quilt block. This one is also constructed on a three-by-three grid, like a Nine-Patch. It is super simple and goes together really quickly…if you remember to pay attention to what you’re doing! For my 12 Classic Quilt Blocks sampler, I am stitching my Churn Dash block up at 10” in a purple floral print with a white-on-white background.
True story: this block took me over an hour to cut and sew. Seriously, there are 17 pieces and 16 seams in the block. And I messed up three separate times! All of my mistakes could have been solved if I had just slowed down a bit and PAID ATTENTION to what I was doing. (Many sewing-related mistakes and injuries can be prevented this way!)
See that picture up there? Those triangles are the wrong size. I thought I had read the diagram, but I just skimmed over it and cut four quarter-square triangles, when I should have cut half-square triangles. ARGH! Tip: measure twice, cut once. (And I’m using “measure” in the broadest sense of the word to include “read your pattern.”)
Okay…problem solved. Plus I have some nice triangle scraps. Moving on.
Once again, chain-piecing makes this block stitch up really quickly! So I happily chain-pieced my half-square triangles and my square units, then started stitching my rows together, and promptly ran into mistake #2. And mistake #3. Again, going too fast and not paying attention, I sewed the square unit into the top row upside down. Grr. Rip rip rip. Turned it around and moved on. Then, I sewed one of the half-square triangles into the bottom row upside down! I made the same mistake twice! Double grrr!
After my seam ripper and I spent some quality time together fixing my boo-boos, the block really did come together quickly! I love how crisp this quilt block looks.
The moral of the story is PAY ATTENTION! Sometimes you really do need to just walk away and come back to the sewing machine a little later with a clear head and fresh eyes.