Metallic Churn Dash
Tips & Hints
The first block of the new year will be a Churn Dash. The color scheme will be a wintery print with some metallic in it with an white-on-white print background. The blocks will be nine inches finished (9 1/2" unfinished). You will be making TWO blocks for January.
For EACH block: cut from metallic print - two squares 4" x 4" (for half-square triangle units) and four rectangles 3 1/2" x 2". Cut from white-on-white print - two squares 4" x 4"(for half-square triangle units), four rectangles 3 1/2" x 2" and one square 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". For those of you who prefer templates, I am including printable templates this year in pdf format. Click here to see them. Click on the Adobe icon at the bottom of the page if you need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Place a 4" x 4" metallic fabric square on top of a white-on-white fabric square, right sides together. Repeat with the other squares. Draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the white-on-white square and sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the line. Cut on the line. Press seam toward the metallic and trim to 3 1/2" 3 1/2". This is the way I make half-square triangles. You may use your favorite method of making them.
Sew a metallic rectangle to a white-on-white rectangle, right sides together, along the long sides. Press toward the metallic rectangle. Repeat three more times. Sew one rectangle unit between two half-square triangles, following the placement above. Press away from the half-square triangles. Repeat. These are the first and third rows.
Sew the white-on-white square between two rectangle units, following the placement in the block graphic above. Press toward the rectangle units. Sew this row between the first and third rows, carefully matching seams. Press the seams away from the center row. Your block should measure 9 1/2" x 9 1/2". Click here to see a scan of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back.
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. This ensures that you get credit for your blocks and lets the winner know who made each block. Also remember to include your $3.50 Priority Mail Stamp with your January blocks.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN 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. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" February 2nd so please get your blocks to her before then. Email one of us if you need the address.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the zipped file is available for download here.