Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm hosting a Free Fast Churn Dash Quilt Along!

This week I am so excited to share a new free quick quilt pattern starting this week at BERNINA's We All Sew site. This pattern uses a "fabulously fast" technique for making a traditional Churn Dash Quilt.
You may remember some sneak peaks of the work on this quilt over the past months. It's so fun to finally be able to share the full pattern and tutorial.
This is the quilt we'll be making. A Churn Dash block is as traditional as it gets, but by playing with colors, prints and solid fabrics, you can create a very traditional or modern quilt design. The method for making this blocks is super slick with very little fabric waste.
For part one of this quilt along, we are talking about fabric choice. For this project I used a collection of solids including RJR Cotton Supremes (colors Sea Glass, Blue Skies, Cove, Notting Hill, Beach House and Nile Green) as well as Kona solids (Aqua and Leaf). I also wanted to incorporate a bunch of the "low-volume" (or low-value/contrast) prints that are so popular right now. This was a big switcheroo for my usual style of colorful prints combined with solid white. (Post edit: I used a lot of prints from Pat Bravo's Rapture collection as well as Alison Glass text prints and other assorted low-volume prints from my stash. Pink Castle Fabrics has Rapture in stock as well as most of the solids I used.)
The key to this fast design option is having two contrasting sets of fabric, in this case the bundle of solids and the bundle of low-volume prints. The low-volume prints and the monochromatic solids create a really subtle quilt. But this design works equally well in high-contrast, saturated colors and prints. For more discussion on choosing fabric and fabric requirements go Part 1 of the Churn Dash Quilt Along at We All Sew.

Come join the fun. This is a great stash buster. You've got a week to gather you fabrics. Next week we'll work on cutting and piecing the blocks.

46 comments:

Sigi G said...

This sounds like fun. I just love the colors of your quilt. It has such a relaxed feeling to it. Beautiful job!

Sandy W said...

love this pattern, Im in!! Already went over and read the first post!! this is going to be fun!! been wanting to do a green and white quilt, this seems like the perfect project, especially after seeing the red and white one!!

Hannah S. said...

I'm definitely going to do this! I've been wanting to make a purple and pink quilt for a while, but with no idea of what pattern to use. So this is the one, hopefully!

dolores said...

Whoa! How did you know I had a churn dash project on the back burner? I want to make one for our boy but I need the blocks to finish at about 5.5"....guess I'll have to see if I can work it out!:)
xo
btw...your fabric choices are yuummmmmmy!!

Ольга Т. said...

Классно!

Stephanie said...

I am definitely joining along! Churn dash has been on my to to list for awhile! Now to choose colors! Should I make this a Fall quilt? Or I've also been wanting to make a yellow and gray quilt. Yikes! Decisions, decisions!

Katy Cameron said...

Very nice, and I love your photo backdrops :o)

helloally said...

awesome! I've said all along this is the year of the quilt lol .. it's already april and I have yet to choose a pattern .. this may just be the one and the way to keep me going at it!!

Debbie said...

Beautiful.

Pat Bravo said...

Hi Amy! This pattern is perfect for summertime! I love the choice of fabrics you've made and even more to see many of my Rapture prints in there. Thanks so much and happy sewing everyone :)

Lauren Deel said...

I'm in! I had SOOO much fun pulling fabric for this today. It'll be perfect for the stack of Nicey Jane fat-eighths that were given to me by a good friend and that have been patiently waiting to be put to use in just the perfect project. This is it! Thanks so much - I'm on the edge of my seat! (P.S. I'm sure that my three friends who are patiently waiting for their (overdue) baby quilts will "thank" you, too. This one will be for me!)

Patti said...

Can a confident beginner accomplish this? If so I will pick my fabrics tomorrow! :)

amy smart said...

Yes! It's a perfect pattern for a confident beginner. There are some good quilting skills involved, but none of it is tricky.

serendipity said...

This looks like fun. Count me in too. Now to decide on the colour scheme! xx Debbie.

Maria said...

This sounds like so much fun. I'd love to take part but can't commit to doing it just yet. I may fall a little behind. I have to go away in a weeks time for a few days so will look out for fabric while I'm out shopping, then hopefully when I come back I'll be able to join in and hopefully won't have too much to catch up on.
Your quilt is so pretty and fresh looking and I love the quilting on it.
Thanks for doing the sew along.

Suze said...

The churn dash block is a wonderful block and I am thrilled that you are hosting a QAL. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am sure you will have amazing tips embedded for us. You are very generous to share your knowledge.

Jeannette said...

I'm in also. Just have to find fabric in my stash. I guess the amount of fabrics needed will be discussed next. Thanks.

amy smart said...

Great! All the fabric requirements and instructions are on the BERNINA We All Sew blog. The direct link is in this post, right before the last picture.

Barbara McD said...

I ADORE Churn Dash quilts!! I just wish I had the time to join in this time!! :(

Will definitely be saving the blog posts/tutorials so I can make it at a later date!

Barbara
ps Love your color choices, too - you just happened to pick one of my most favorite quilt patterns and one of my most favorite color palettes - I heart this quilt!!!

Katie said...

Yay another QAL -- as one ends so another begins.

Nancy Conley said...

YAY!!! I've always wanted to do a QAL - you'll be my first. So excited. I'm not the best at choosing fabrics, but I've already read the first set of instructions over at Bernina and it seems simple enough for me!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

I love the churn dash pattern and look forward to this qal. I'm in and thank you ever so much.

andrea@tidelinequilts said...

I'm defs in! Been wanting to make a churn dash quilt for sine time now. Thanks for the opportunity and what should be a great QAL.

Sheri said...

I hope I can get caught up on my current quilt alongs so I can join in!

Kelly Scott said...

I'm just putting the finishing touches on my first quilt. I follow your posts for expert advice and inspiration but I cannot add another quilt to my to-do-list so I will enjoy watching what others make. By the way, I love the wavy stitch you make using the walking foot in the 2nd photo. I didn't know that you could do something like that! I may give it a try!

amy smart said...

This quilt was my first time trying that wavy line quilting - it was so fun! There are more details about it in this post: http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2014/03/new-blocks-new-machine-quilting.html

Nicole said...

Wow!!! Another blog to read that will keep me mesmerized for days. Beautiful colors used. I will have to bookmark your blog to come back to. Thank you for sharing. I came by the way of RJR fabrics.

Marsha Brown said...

Love it can't wait to get started. I may reuse some old cotton shirts to make this with different solids.

Susan Davis said...

I am so ready to start. Love the pattern and love the colors.

Rita McCart said...

What perfect colors for a spring quilt, looks like blue sea glass! :D

Cynthia H said...

Super cute!

Jackie Mulkey said...

Beautiful colors! Looking forward to learning something new...count me in!

Bert K said...

Love the fabric choices and can't wait to try the pattern.

Sortahwitte said...

Love the churn dash pattern, and all the blues and greens. The small prints add so much color. Love it all!

GranChris said...

Love your fabric choices. I haven't made this quilt in years so I can't wait to learn the shortcuts.

Natalia Tyapina said...

Smart and stylish! And fits the time - full of spring spirit :)

Brett Collins said...

I just love this block pattern and also the colors that were used!!!! I love the quilt!!!! :)

Amanda Collins said...

I love this block pattern and the colors that were used!! I just love this quilt!!!! :)

Carla G said...

Love this pattern & those are so my colors! :)

Kelly Scott said...

Thanks Amy. I really want to try it now!

Actually Amy said...

Love this!

JANET said...

Love the quilt! The colors are fantastic!

Nectarine said...

Hello I want to join
Is there a flikr group ?

amy smart said...

The tutorials are all on the Bernina site. This is week one: http://weallsew.com/2014/04/21/how-to-make-a-churn-dash-quilt-part-1/

So far not a Flickr group, but that's a great idea! I'll start one this week!

Amy

Margo Yang said...

I definitely will join in making this quilt. I've been collecting blue and white for this pattern and now I think I'm ready. Thanks, Amy.

Jerri H said...

I've just painted my dining room in a color that matches the sea glass hued colors that are in your lovely quilt so it caught my eye immediately. I'm not into foo-foo patterns; elegantly-simple is my love so this pattern is great. It won't ever be out of style. Thanks for the inspiration.