Sunday, April 24, 2022

Hands 2 Help Churn Dash Quilt tutorial ( by Quiltygirl)

 Good Morning!!!

Today it is my turn to offer a tutorial for the Hands 2 Help Challenge!

My most favorite block and my Go to is this simple Churn Dash block made with all 5 inch squares:

So lets get started - and know - there is a pdf file for you to download at the end ;-)

Fabric Requirements for Block

·         5 – Print 5 inch Squares

·         4 – Background 5 inch Squares


Save 1 Print 5 inch square for the Center of the Churn Dash.



Take Two of the background fabrics and draw a diagonal line along the Back of the fabric, I also drew ¼ inch to the side of the center line so you can see where your stitch lines should be. ( I did this only for the example)

Pair them with a print piece.

Stitch on both sides of the center line

Lay your ruler along the Center line and slice

You will get 4  - 4 ½ inch Half Square Triangles

Take the last two print and the last two background squares

Pair them right Sides Together.

Stitch on the right and left side ¼ inch in. ( again I drew just so you could see)

Once both side are sewn – measure in 2 ½ inches and slice .

You will get 4 – 4 ½ x 5 in rails

Iron all of your pieces and then lay them out like so:

Stitch the pieces together into three rows.


Stitch the three rows together


And you will have a 13 inch block!

For A Cute Quick Baby Quilt

37.5 x 37.5

You will make 4 blocks as shown, then make 1 just the opposite

For the 4 setting Triangles cut 1 Square background at 18 7/8 inches

Slice it on both diagonals to yield 4 setting triangles


Then for the corner pieces:

Cut 2 – 9 ¾ squares of background and slice on one diagonal.

Stitch them in rows and add a border. I added 1 ½ inch strips in this one – but if you want to make it a tad bigger, you can add a bigger border.

For a little bigger toddler/Cot quilt 37.5 x 55 inches

add 3 blocks - the setting triangle sizes remain the same ;-)

Not a fan of setting blocks on point?

Make 12 blocks and set them together. Add a 1 ½ inch border

It will measure 39.5 x 52 inches

Now to some fun examples of Churn Dash Quilts I have made in the past!

I used these to help frame a panel - it was then donated as a Quilt of Valor.

And the this one - I used ALL scrappy pieces. I just made half squares and rails until my heart was content, then I made them into blocks, not paying attention if the reds and blues were built into one block.

The scrappiness of it made my heart happy

Alas - Here is the PDF for you:

Churn Dash Block Tutorial  ( click that link to the left)

I love to write patterns - so check out all the others I have written in my Quiltygirl Store as well as the tab in the header above.

I hope you use one of these ideas for a Hands 2 Help quilt this year!

Thanks to Academic Quilter for Hosting this year!!

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Linda said...

Churn Dash is one of my top 5 favorite blocks. I like it on point as well as straight. Thanks for the tutorial - I just downloaded it!

sue s said...

Thanks Alycia! I always forget about the sewing-the-sides technique so this time I've saved it!

piecefulwendy said...

Churn dash blocks are such fun to make, and perfect for a donation quilt!

Katie said...

I never thought to sew the rails that way. And I LOVE the super scrappy last quilt. Uh oh...I feel a squirrel coming. And I'm just trying to get my H2H quilt together. Not ANOTHER one! Oh well..

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Sweet! I love the panel version!!!

Vicki in MN said...

I don't know why I don't make churn dashes since I love them and they are simple to make. Thanks for your tutorial.

Kat Scribner said...

Great project, Alycia. Churn dash is always so versatile. Love on point settngs too, a perfect playground for quilting. Thanks for your contribution.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Thanks, Alycia - appreciate the pdf for the tutorial!

grammajudyb said...

Thanks for all the options. I need more practice setting on point. This will help!

I feel a baby quilt coming on!

Bernie Kringel said...

Wonderful tutorial - thank you Alycia!!!

Bonnie said...

Brilliant tutorial and suggestions. I’ve never made a churn dash this way but it sure makes more sense then cutting the rectangles separately and then sewing them together. I really like your suggested sizes too. I have a few smaller panels that these might go with. Must check later today…. Thanks

Phyllis said...

Thanks Alycia. This is will make a cute baby quilt.

Pat at Bell Creek Quilts said...

Thanks for sharing your churn dash tutorial! All your churn dash quilts look awesome!!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for the tutorial and sizing suggestions, Alycia!!

Tehachap said...

Thanks for this really great tutorial. You make HST's look sooo simple!! Thanks! And thanbks for participating in the Hands2Help Challenge. A great opportunity to make people smile.

Delighted Hands said...

It's a favorite of mine and you explain the block in all of its glory!

Vivian said...

Great tutorial! Love the Churn Dash and may try to do one of these for H2H or a guild charity.