Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Churn Dash - 8 1/2'' block


A Churn Dash block is quite easy when
made as a 12 1/2'' unfinished block but when
you need it to be an 8 1/2'' unfinished block,
it is much more challenging.  Here is how to
do it.


This is what I cut:

Fabric A: light floral
2 - 3 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal
4 - 3 1/8" x 1 7/8" rectangles

Fabric B: dark pink
2 - 3 1/2" squares - cut on diagonal

Fabric C: dark stripe
4 - 3 1/8" x 1 7/8" rectangles

Fabric D: pink & white floral
1 - 3 1/8" square


Sew light and dark triangles
together on long edge.  Press
seam to the dark fabric.
Square to a "heavy-handed"
3 1/8" or 3 1/8' + a smidge.

Oh yeah, such technical terms,
right?  I mean just a bit over 3 1/8".
In my first block I squared all
9 units to 3 1/8" exactly and with
sewing and pressing it ended up
as 8 3/8" instead of 8 1/2".


Sew light and dark rectangle
units together on long edge.
Square to 3 1/8" plus "a bit."


Layout units as shown and
sew together in 3 rows.


Press seams in rows 1 & 3
to the outside and seams
in row 2 to the inside.


Pin and sew rows together
taking care to have the seams
"lock" together at the
intersections as you pin
to achieve precise piecing.


I pressed the final 2 seams
open as this reduced the bulk
in the block and made it flatter.


Mine squared up at 8 1/2"
using this method.


Here is my first attempt.

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