I made a large lap-size quilt for friends using the Churn Dash pattern. The patchwork blocks measured 12-inches when finished.
The quilt top was made with scraps, repro fabrics from stash, and some antique fabrics.
As I made the blocks, I knew that I would want one of these for my home, so I made doubles of every block.
The first quilt top, the one I planned to give away, was pieced with a 2-inch sashing and 2-inch posts in between the blocks. The border was 6-inches (unfinished).
This top was quilted on my longarm using a meandering feather panto. Here’s the finished quilt:
After I had completed the first quilt and sent it to my friends, I was ready to begin the second Churn Dash quilt top. Since I had already made 2 of each Churn Dash block when I made the blocks for the first quilt, I was well on my way to stitching that second quilt top.
I thought I’d make the next Churn Dash quilt a little larger so I went from a 3 x 4 block setting to a 4 x 5 block setting. Eight more Churn Dash blocks were needed for the second quilt top.
When those extra blocks were finished, I pinned them on my design wall and came up with the first setting arrangement:
I worked on the block arrangement until I found what was pleasing to my scrappy-eye. I wanted the second Churn Dash quilt to be different than the first one I made, so I added a thinner sashing and setting posts — these are 1.5-inches.
All of the blocks were assembled with the sashing and setting posts, then the quilt top was ready for an outer border.
The second Churn Dash top was loaded on the longarm. I used a different feather-vine panto to quilt this top:
I love my Churn Dash quilt and use it all the time!
I don’t think the two Churn Dash quilts look that similar even though they both have a dozen of the same patchwork blocks. To my eyes, the first quilt reads golden and lighter and the second quilt reads browner and more subdued. What do you think?