Dashing Hues

Many moons ago, I made this bag, Nellie’s Sewing Bag from a pattern by Rosalie Quinlan

20140119-143507.jpgI always loved this side of the bag in particular, a framed Churn Dash block.

20140119-143743.jpgIt’s been one of those ideas that keeps festering, and I’ve finally, finally, done something about it (the pattern is dated 2002 and I know I bought it newly released!!)

My idea is to make lots of these blocks, in a riot of colours, and sew them together, no sashing. I’ve reworked the sizing to suit; the blocks will be 7.5″ finished.

So would you like to join in?

If so, here are the instructions for one block.

Fabric 1 is the background fabric
Fabric 2 is the block and frame fabric

From fabric 1 you will need to cut

:: 4 squares 2″ x 2″
:: 2 squares 2.5″ x 2.5″

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From fabric 2 you will need to cut

:: 2 rectangles 2″ x 8″
:: 2 rectangles 2″ x 5″
:: 2 squares 2.5″ x 2.5″
:: 1 square 2″ x 2″

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Use the 2.5″ squares to make the half square triangles (hst) for the corners of the block. On the wrong side of lighter of the 2.5″ squares, mark a diagonal line (I rule from the centre of the square to each corner to stop the fabric from shifting), then place right sides together with the other fabric

20140119-145617.jpgIf needed, pin, then stitch 1/4″ either side of the drawn line, then cut through the drawn line.

20140119-145806.jpgPress towards fabric 2 and trim the block to 2″. (See below for trimming instructions)

20140119-145913.jpgRepeat with the other set of 2.5″ squares.

Layout with the other squares as shown in the pic below

20140119-150108.jpgSew into rows.

20140119-150159.jpgPress the top and bottom row seams towards the centre, and the middle row away from the centre.

20140119-150310.jpgSew the rows together, abutting the seams. Add the 2″ x 5″ rectangles to opposite sides of the block.

20140119-150430.jpgLastly add the 2″ x 8″ rectangles to the remaining two sides.

20140119-150656.jpgAnd there we have it! One completed block!

20140119-144335.jpgThe beauty of these blocks is that once you’ve cut all the pieces, they stitch up really quickly!!

A couple of hints.

If you have a directional fabric and want the hst to have the fabric facing one direction, place one square with the pattern vertically and the other horizontally.

20140119-151307.jpgOnce your hst are trimmed….

20140119-151430.jpg…place them into the block formation…..

20140119-151523.jpgsee? All running vertically!

To trim your hst

20140119-151922.jpglay your ruler over the square, making sure that the 45 degree line on the ruler is sitting on the seam, and that the required size of the square is sitting inside the fabric (in this case 2″)

20140119-152134.jpgHold the ruler firmly as it can wobble a bit sitting on the seam. Trim the side, then trim across the top; I start the rotary cutter about 1/2″ in from the corner, take it back to the corner, then across the ruler. It’s easier than trying to start at the corner (and saves chipping the corner of the ruler!).

20140119-152506.jpgRotate the block and line up the ruler again with the 45 degree ruler line on the seam, and this time with the required size on the cut edges (in this case 2″).

20140119-152659.jpgTrim these last two sides.

So, think you might make a few blocks and create your own Dashing Hues? I hope so, they’re really good fun and so quick to make!

I’ll be back in about a week with an update on mine.

Meredithe x

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7 Responses to Dashing Hues

  1. Glenda says:

    Fab tutorial!!
    Might have to have a go on my new machine!!!
    Xxgj

  2. treadlemusic says:

    Oh……I’m just starting on a new project (and I’m a “1 at a time” type or I just don’t finish anything!!). Posts just went up today (and one tomorrow). The “churn dash” pattern brings back memories of my very first quilt projects back in ’78. Excellent memories!!!! That block makes such a great quilt!!!!!!

  3. Helen F says:

    Isn’t it funny – I made that bag eons ago and always wanted to make a quilt using the four blocks that make it up!!!! oldies but goodies!!!!

  4. Carole says:

    I also made the bag and has been used regularly, the blocks look good in the bright colours. Might have to have a look at what fabrics I have.

  5. thimbleanna says:

    What a cute little block! I can’t wait to see how they look set together with no sashing!

  6. Love the colours – and I’m very tempted, but must resist, as Mrs Billings is shouting “me next, me next”!!!!!

  7. Sue Whitburn says:

    Well, I am ‘almost’ between projects whilst waiting for cooler quilting weather!!- will have to look in my stash and see what’s there. It looks very cute!!

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