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Churn Dash

The Churn Dash block consists of half square triangle and two patch square units and uses 2 fabrics.While I make every effort to be sure of accuracy, I am unable to test every variation. Before you cut up large amounts of fabric, cut and sew a test block or two. If you find any errors, please email me at "jeannethro2 at yahoo dot com".

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Block Size



Fabric Width

Finished Size:
6 inches square
Churn Dash block


Fabric 1 Fabric 1:
Cut 1 strip(s) 2½ inches wide. Subcut into 1 square(s), and see instructions to subcut the rectangle and half square triangle pieces.
Fabric 2 Fabric 2:
Cut 1 strip(s) 2½ inches wide. See instructions to subcut rectangle and half square triangle pieces.


Half Square Triangle, strip method

Half Square Triangle, strip method instructions

  1. Match a strip of each fabric right sides together.
  2. Using a side right triangle ruler, cut 4 half square triangles pairs. Move ruler/template upside down for next cut when necessary.
  3. Sew ¼ inch seam on long side of triangle pair. Press seam to one side.
  4. Make 4 half square triangle units.
Two Patch Square

Two Patch Square instructions

  1. Match a strip of each fabric right sides together.
  2. Cut 4 pairs of 1½ inch rectangles.
  3. Sew ¼ seam on a long side of rectangle pairs; press to lighter fabric.
  4. Make 4 two patch square units.
Churn Dash Finishing

Churn Dash Finishing instructions

Layout units as shown in diagram and chain piece first rows, then columns with a ¼ inch seam. Press seams to one side.

Quilt Sandwich instructions

  • Place pressed backing right side down on a flat surface large enough to lay flat; tape in place at sides, then corners.
  • Lay batting on top of backing and smooth wrinkles; tape in place at sides, then corners. (If using slippery batting, spray baste to baking and top.)
  • Put pressed quilt on top right side up.
  • Smooth borders and blocks square, pushing excess toward middle. Quilting will take up slack and quilt will hang better.
  • Pin baste 3 to 4 inches apart in quarters down length and width. Finish pin basting each quarter 3 to 4 inches apart.

Binding instructions

  • If the number of binding strips are greater than 1, sew strips together by laying ends right sides together forming an L.
  • Sew on diagonal where fabrics cross from upper left to lower right.
  • Trim excess to ¼ inch.
  • Repeat to make a continuous strip; press seams open.
  • Fold and press strip lengthwise in half wrong sides together.
  • Leaving a 5 inch tail, sew binding to quilt top matching raw edges with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Stop ¼ inch before corner with needle down.
  • Pivot work as if to sew next side and reverse sew off quilt top.
  • Fold binding back, creating a 45 degree fold, then fold forward matching fold to previously sewn side.
  • Continue sewing binding, and repeat above for each corner.
  • Stop sewing approximately 5 inches from beginning.
  • Unfold and overlap ends.
  • Cut at an approximate 45 degree angle somewhere where both ends overlap.
  • Match ends wrong sides together, leaving equal dog ears.
  • Sew together with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Refold binding and finish sewing to quilt.
  • Fold binding to back and handstitch to finish using a blind stitch.


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