Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bejewled Churn Dash Quilt Block Tutorial

Hi sewing friends! A dear reader asked if I had a tutorial for my Bejeweled Churn Dash quilt.

Full quilt top Photo coming soon! It's done yay!

  I've had tutorial pictures taken for the longest time but the coloring on them turned out so bad that I've been a little embarrassed to share them.  However, since I've been making a real effort to curb my perfectionist instincts lately, today I'm swallowing my pride and posting them anyway. I'm hoping that you might be more interested in the information than the beauty of the photos.

One finished block measures 12'' square.

For 1 block you'll need:
white fabric
2 colored solids
2 prints.

For 25 blocks you''l need:
5 solid Fat Quarters
5 print Fat Quarters
1 1/ 2yard ??? white fabric (not sure how much white I used).

From the white fabric:
Cut 4 rectangles 2 1/2'' x 5''
Cut 2 squares 5" x 5" then cut along the diagonal into 4 Half Square Triangles

From each colored fabric:
Cut 1 rectangle 2 1/2'' x 5''
Cut 1 square 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" then cut along both diagonals to create 4 Quarter Square Triangles You'll just need three of these for one block so set one little triangle aside.


Here is a visual of how everything is sewed together. Sew all seams with a scant quarter inch seam alllowance. You basically make NINE 4 1/2'' squares and then sew them all together.


You can lay every block out and then assemble it square by square but I came up with a faster way to piece it all with out having to think too much about it. After you get the hang of it that is.  Here is the method I used to make sewing up 1 block go as fast as I could. When I sewed it up this way it took me about 15 minutes per block.and i didn't have to lay it all out first.

MY SPEED METHOD
First sew all the white rectangles to a colored rectangle keeping them together in a chain for speed.


Next grab your piles of small triangles and sew them up with right sides together in this order. See if you can follow me.

The first color mentioned goes on the top. 
Sew all the triangles so the "flags" go the same direction.

Print 1/Solid1
Print 1/Solid1
Solid 1/Print2
Print 2/Solid2
Print 2/Solid2
Solid 2/Print 1


In Kindergarten terms, here's another way to see the pattern.

A/C
A/C
C/B
B/D
B/D
D/A


Here's a view with them all opened up so you can see the color pattern.


Next, press the triangles open.

 You see how 2 set of QSTs are the same? Take one of each of these sets and sew them together to make the center block. Next, sew a white HST to each one of the remaining QST sets. Trim all blocks to 4 1/2 inches square. Then sew them together row by row.


Once you make as many blocks as you'd like lay it all out and spread the color out evenly. In this formation I think it looks like each churn dash is sitting on a jewel.

It takes more thought and planning, but look at the cool pattern that emerges when you lay them out with the same colors touching each other. I discovered this after I sewed all my blocks and I only could make it work for 2 rows so I stuck with the random layout. I would love to sew up another quilt with this layout instead. Someday!
 Let me know if you use my tutorial I'd love to see what you make!
 Happy Sewing!

3 comments:

  1. I really love this, thank you! And your pictures are just fine :)

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  2. Hi Sarah, Thank you SO much for writing this up and posting it. I have an upcoming quilt that may be perfect for your pattern. I will definitely share it with you. I am very appreciative of your creativity and willingness to share with us.

    You rock! ;-)
    Michelle

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