Tropical Churn Dash
Tips & Hints
Well, it's time for BOM2001! This year we are going back to the 12" block (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). We will be doing traditional blocks but our color combinations may or may not be so traditional. This month we will be making a tropical churn dash. The fabrics should be ones that look hand-dyed (Fossil Fern, batik prints, etc). Tropical colors are turquoise, melon, tangerine, lime green, lemon yellow, grape... Think of Florida or Hawaii, or some other tropical paradise. Putting colors from opposite sides of the color wheel will give you lots of contrast. (Red with green, purple with yellow, blue with orange.) Just go wild with your blocks. Especially if you're in a cold, wintery area of the country. You will be making a total of two blocks this month. If you haven't sent me your signup form, now is the time to do so, as Patty and I need to know how many swappers to expect.
For EACH block, from your foreground fabric cut: 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" and 2 squares 5" x 5" (these are for your half-square triangle units). From your background fabric cut: 1 square 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", 4 rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" and 2 squares 5" x 5" (these are for your half-square triangle units).
Here's my method of making half-square triangle units (you may use your favorite method if you prefer). Put a 5" x 5" square of each the foreground and background fabric right sides together. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite one. Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the line. Cut the units apart on the line and press toward the darker fabric. Trim the unit to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", making sure the seam lines up with opposite corners. I use the Bias Square tool to trim my units. Make 4 half-square triangle units for each block.
Sew a foreground rectangle to a background rectangle, along the 4 1/2" side. This unit should measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". If it does not, you need to adjust your 1/4" seam until it does. Otherwise your block will not go together easily. Repeat 3 more times.
For the first row, sew a rectangle from the previous step between two half-square triangle units. Press toward the rectangle unit. Repeat for the third row. (Note: diagrams are to show placement only and do not include seam allowances.)
For the second row, sew a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" background square between two rectangle units. Press away from the square.
Sew row 1 to row 2. Make sure your seams meet. Press toward row 2. Sew row 2 to row 3. Press toward row 2. See the block graphic above for correct placement. Your block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2". Click here to see the January block I scanned in.
Remember to label your blocks with at least your name (city, state, and email address are optional) on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seams. Just be sure to label them in some way.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo club or email Squirrel (Patty) or Azpatch (Margo). You will be making two blocks for January. Blocks will be due to Patty by the end of January 2001. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" February 3rd. If you are catching up blocks from 2000, they should be completed by then also.
I have eliminate the side graphic background this year, as some of you have experienced problems printing out the instructions. Please let me know if you're still having problems and I'll adjust the page.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here. The file size is 161 KB because of the scanned fabrics.