I’m joining in the Nested Churn Dash sew along and I hope to make a runner comprising three 16” blocks. As ever I’ve made a small change already by constructing a 2” churn dash block (2½” unfinished) for the centre square. They are a little fiddly but good fun. Want to have a go? (Click here for a PDF printable version.) All seam allowances are ¼".
To make one 2” churn dash block (2½” unfinished) you will need:
One 6” x ¾” strips from two different fabrics (total 2 strips)
Two 2” squares from two different fabrics (total 4 squares)
1. With right sides together stitch the 6” x ¾” strips together along the 6” length. Press. Unit should measure 6” x 1”. Cross-cut this strip into four 1½” x 1” units.
2. Stitch one of the 1½” x 1” units to either side of the centre square. Press seams towards the centre square.
3. Make your half-square triangle units using the 2” squares. Place the contrasting squares into pairs, right sides together and mark a diagonal line on the back of one of the squares from each pair. This line will be your cutting line. Stitch ¼” either side of the marked line. Cut along the marked line and press each square open. You should have four half-square triangles. Trim each half-square triangle unit to measure 1”.
4. Stitch a half-square triangle to both ends of the remaining 1½” x 1” units. Press seams towards the half-square triangles.
5. Finally stitch each half-square triangle unit to the top and bottom of your centre square unit as shown. Press. Trim block to 2½”.
I’ve made three of these mini churn dash units as the basis of my nested churn dash runner. But there will be no more ‘Patchsmithing’ from here on – I will stick religiously to the excellent NestedChurn Dash pattern by Quilt Jane.
I will post pictures once these 2” babies have
grown into 4” toddlers!
|Mini Churn Dash Blocks|
Sew until then ..............