September 2009

September 2009 Block

Churn Dash

Tips & Hints

For September we are doing a favorite traditional block called Churn Dash. It's 1646a in Barbara Brackman's book. Use a White-on-white print fabric and the Moda Swirls Windsor fabric. You will be making TWO blocks for September. The blocks this year are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

44" x 4"Windsor Swirls
83 1/2" x 2"Windsor Swirls
23 1/2" x 3 1/2"White-on-White
44" x 4"White-on-White
83 1/2" x 2"White-on-White

Make half-square triangle units by placing a 4" x 4" square of Windsor and White-on-White right sides together. Draw a light pencil line on the wrong side of the White-on-White and sew a scant 1/4" seam on either side of the line. Cut on the line and press toward the darker fabric. Trim to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" with the seam going from one corner to the opposite corner. Make a total of eight units, four per block.

Sew the long side of a Windsor 3 1/2" x 2" rectangle to the long side of a White-on-White rectangle of the same size. You may also make these by using 2" strip sets and trimming them to 3 1/2". Make a total of eight units, four per block.

Sew a rectangle unit created in the previous step between two half-square triangle units, matching the placement to the first row in the block graphic above. Press toward the rectangle unit. Repeat for the third row. For the second row, sew a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" White-on-White square between two rectangle units matching the block graphic above. Press away from the White-on-White square.

Sew the three rows together, matching the block graphic. Press toward the center row. Repeat for the second block.

We are making TWO blocks for September. The blocks are 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. Postage goes up every year in May and this year was no exception. If you have not won a set of blocks, please send Patty some extra postage. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed. If you are having trouble finding the common Moda Swirls Windsor and Natural background fabrics, please email Patty. This is the background fabric we're using this year, in order to have some consistency to the blocks. No other background fabric is acceptable.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo PClassic BOM Group or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

September 2009 Quilt