Blog #1 Fabric requirements Sept 10th, 2022
Blog #3 Churn Dash block Oct 1, 2022
Blog #4 Section A2 Oct 8, 2022
Blog #5 Section A3 Oct 15, 2022
Blog #5 Section B1 Oct 22, 2022
Blog #6 Section B4 Oct 29, 2022
Blog #7 Section C1 Nov 5, 2022
Blog #8 Section C4 Nov 12, 2022
Blog #9 Section D2 Nov 19, 2022
Blog #9 Section D3 Nov 26, 2022
Blog #10 Sew it all together with borders Dec 3, 2022
Hello folks! Welcome to the Churn Dash Quilt Along! In this instruction I am deciding on the weekly blocks. I know none of the list above makes a bit of sense above, but today and always you can come and refer back to this page as it will never go away! As promised I am stating fabric requirements in this blog post as well as the dates for all the posts. This is a weekly quilt along, meaning instructions will be given out weekly. Does this mean you have to sew all your blocks in a week? The easy answer is no, sew at your own pace, make the blocks whatever week you wish, or whatever fits your schedule. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can refer back to it regularly. I will link each instruction as it comes out to this post. So as time transpires, the blocks will all be linked here in one place with build instructions at the linked page.
I will always link my instagram account and my youtube channel to this blog so you can get it all here. I will also link this blog in instagram, youtube, and to the Quilt Space App so everything is all criss-crossing in social media so it will be easier for you to pick and choose how you want to quilt along. If you are a visual learner, you may want to head to youtube. If you like very detailed text instructions, this may be the right place for you.
I was shocked how much fabric will go into the quilt. The calculator in EQ8 gave the fabric requirements, and I think it estimates high. But if it is one thing us quilters have, its fabric. So, shop your stash and scraps. And remember as you scrap along with this quilt along, if you run out of a neutrals or blues, you can always add to this as you sew your blocks. That is the real beauty of this scrappy quilt along. Use what you have and if it is not enough, buy more and add to it at any time!
For your neutrals (backgrounds), you will need 5 1/2 yards of various whites, off whites, ecrus, tans, light grays, or very light pastels. Do you need to stick to my plan of fabric choices? Absolutely not. You can use black fabric as your back ground if you wish. Having a large variety of prints for this will make it look nice and scrappy. My plan is to create each block as it’s own mini quilt. This may just use two colors of fabrics or up to 16 fabrics. Use your scraps wisely.
And for your blues (or whatever color you decide), you will need 4 1/2 yards of scraps or yardage. Make sure you have many colors of blue, probably more so than your neutrals. I designed this quilt and used 33 different fabrics. Let’s look closely at hue of color for a moment.
It is probably a good idea to just make a huge fabric pull of blues, and segregate them into categories. Dark blue like navy blues, country blues, gray blues, and so on. Ultimately it is your quilt, but you may want to refrain from pastel blues as this will wash out with the neutrals. It may be possible depending on your fabric pull if you could sneak teals, or turquoise in, but this is where your camera can come in handy. Make your color fabric pull, take a picture, and then turn it black and white. See how well the values of your fabrics play together using that feature. If there is something that just looks amiss in that black and white photo, probably a good idea to eliminate it from your quilt. As a rule of thumb, whatever color you decide for your churn dash, get a paint swatch that matches the color you want at the hardware store. The swatches are free. You can then go darker by a couple colors, or lighter by a couple colors. But you really want to stick to the darker fabrics in the scale on your swatch.
Colors I do not recommend using with neutrals? Yellow. Yellow will be up against tans and grays and may get washed out. You can use yellow if you are using a dark background like blue or black.
This would be so much fun to do as a rainbow, and for those of you quilters who are experienced enough, go for it. Those of you who are not there in your quilting hobby, just pick two colors that compliment one another.
Can you use a designer line for this quilt along? You might be able to do that. I know that Lisa Bonegean has great blue bundles and great red bundles. Her colors are very close together in color saturation, so your blocks might get washed out.
Lets talk volume of fabrics. Many of these blocks have very small pieces. If you have a beautiful blue floral print and the flowers are white, if the flowers are larger than 1/2 inch, you may not want to use that fabric on the smaller pieces. Have you ever seen a quilt that the piecing just happened to have a coordinating color in the neutral fabric placed next to the color fabric and bam, when you step back from the quilt, it looks weird, like the block was constructed wrong? Volume of fabrics is important. Not saying you cannot use it period, but save those pieces for the larger scraps in this quilt. Having a good variety of solids, polka dots, plaids, and prints will make the quilt sparkle with color.
The tools I recommend using:
You can utilize the following tools. But use what works best for you. I know every one has a different method for making a covered corner, HST, or even a triangle in a square. For some blocks I will provide templates. I recommend the following:
- the Easy Angle ruler for HSTs.
- The companion angle ruler for QSTs.
- The Folder Corners ruler for the folded corners.
- The Tri-Recs ruler for triangle in a square.
All of these will allow you more accurate piecing and get the job done faster. (I will provide foundation papers to cut all irregular pieces with a normal ruler.) All of these tools are linked to Amazon so you can see the pricing (no I am not affiliated, and no I do not make money from any of this). The priciest is the Folded Corners. You are more than welcome to draw a line on your squares and get the same result. Do you have to purchase rulers….no. My instructions will give at least two ways to get where you need to. One way may use more fabric than the other, so if your scraps are small, you may want to think about some of these rulers.
And lastly, ladies and gentlemen, please be kind. This is my first quilt along. I am human and can error. I will do my best to go forth accurately. This is a huge undertaking. I work a 40 hour job, and my weekends are filled with chores. Do I know what time I will make the post each Saturday until it is done? Nope. Like I said, I will do my best, be we all know life can get in the way, so I will be a graceful as possible in a normalcy of posts. But know, I may need to fudge a bit.
As promised here is the coloring page for you to determine your colors. If you are going rainbow, you can print this sheet out as many times as you need and play with crayons, map pencils, or markers.
And so I can find you, if you are on pinterest, instagram, or youtube and are sewing along, please post your photos with the following hashtag: #ScrappyChurnDashQAL
I will enjoy seeing all your blocks! Youtube does have a function that you can post pictures. If you have a youtube account use that and don’t forget the hashtag. You can also upload your photos to pinterest. I will be looking for you!
Please do not stress about this quilt along, and please if I have not made something crystal clear comment in social media and let me know and I will fix it.
Let the scraps fall as they may! And thank you for reading my blog!