Hello quilting friends!

Have you ever made a Churn Dash quilt block? Perhaps in a sampler quilt? It’s an unassuming block that, as a quilting teacher, has great potential as a learning opportunity for quilters of all experience levels.

So, why am I singing the praises of the lovely Churn Dash quilt block today? Well, I’m celebrating the fabulous book by Lori Holt, Farm Girl Vintage.

Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt

The Churn Dash block is just one of the fabulous blocks featured in Lori’s new book. While the Churn Dash block is rather humble, it fits in perfectly with all of Lori’s other blocks. Below are some lovely pot holders made with the blocks in Lori’s book.


Along with Lori of Bee in my Bonnet, our wonderful friends at the Fat Quarter Shop are hosting a Sew Along.

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

As part of this Sew Along, I was asked to make one of the blocks from the book. I chose the, oh so humble, Churn Dash block. Lori’s book features blocks that finish at two different sizes, 6″ and 12″. I opted to make one of each size.

Here are the fabrics I’ve chosen to use for my Churn Dash blocks. The fabrics for my 12″ finished block are on the top. I just love that multi-coloured fabric shown in the middle. I used this fat quarter as my jumping off point to choose the other fabrics.

Fabric Choices

Here are my fabrics all cut out. If you’re following Lori’s book, you’ll note that I chose to create strip sets for the B/D units. Additionally, I used my favourite ruler to cut out the half-square triangle units.

My cut fabrics

Here are my two finished blocks. I was able to fussy cut the larger block, and centre the motif. The smaller block, was a bit more complicated, being so small, but I’m happy with how it turned out for my chosen fabrics.

Churn dash love

Remember those pot holders I featured above? The video below is fantastic as it shows you how to use the backing of your quilt project, in this case the pot holders, as your binding. This is how I did my own first quilt binding. I really wish I had known the tips shown in the video at that time!

I do hope that you will show the Churn Dash quilt block some much needed love. Have you purchased Lori’s Farm Girl Vintage book and jumped on the #farmgirlfridays bandwagon? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Quilting!

Churn Dash Love – Farm Girl Vintage

3 thoughts on “Churn Dash Love – Farm Girl Vintage

  • June 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Michele, I purchased this book last week. I can’t wait to try it. Unfortunately, I’m so busy with summer plans that it is difficult to do all that I want to do! Thank you for sharing.

  • June 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I have finished 10 of the blocks in the book (12 x 12 size, finished). Love, love, love these patterns. They’re easy to follow, and I’m using up scads of scraps. Kaye McArthur

  • June 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I couldn’t wait to get my book and for the sew along to begin-these blocks and quilts are so fun! I am making the 6″ blocks, and have the first seven complete, with everything up to the Farmhouse block cut and waiting to sew. These blocks will probably make two quilts for Project Linus, my favorite reason to make quilts. Another great thing about Farm Girl Fridays is that it takes me to other blogs, like yours!

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