Monday, 17 March 2014

Modern Block Monday - Churn Dash

Happy St. Patrick's Day, all!

Okay, so the Churn Dash is not a block that screams modern. I'm a believer though that anything 'traditional' can be made 'modern,' be it through fabric choice or layout. Carole from my OMQG bee asked for the iconic Churn Dash block. She provided the cheddar background and we were to supply the feature fabric.

I chose two prints from Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy line for my blocks. The browns go wonderfully with the cheddar.

Churn Dash - OMQG Bee

Churn Dash - OMQG Bee

Hmm, is it me or are these blocks feeling rather traditional? It's the colour combo, isn't it? I may have to revise my earlier statement. LOL!

In the 15+ years I've been quilting, these are the first Churn Dash blocks I've ever made. My 1/4" seams are darn near perfect -- squee! :) I feel like I've just gone through a quilting rite of passage. Any iconic blocks or quilts that you view completing as a rite of passage?

Other blocks from this series:

Happy Monday, all!


  1. If you reverse the dark and light strips on the outer blocks, you get Grecian Cross, which actually looks quite modern , especially if you use solids. I made a whole quilt in purples and aquas lately like that.

  2. It's a great block, they look lovely, but very traditional to me! :)

  3. I love the Churn Dash -- this is my unfinished take on a modern version of it -- I need to finish up a few more blocks so that I can get that one sewn together.


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