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.

Quick links to all the parts:

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    Sigi G
    April 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

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

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    Sandy W
    April 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    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!!

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    Hannah S.
    April 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    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!

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    April 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    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&quot;….guess I&#39;ll have to see if I can work it out!:)<br />xo<br />btw…your fabric choices are yuummmmmmy!!

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    Ольга Т.
    April 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm


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    April 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    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&#39;ve also been wanting to make a yellow and gray quilt. Yikes! Decisions, decisions!

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    Katy Cameron
    April 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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

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    April 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    awesome! I&#39;ve said all along this is the year of the quilt lol .. it&#39;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!!

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    April 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm


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    Pat Bravo
    April 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Amy! This pattern is perfect for summertime! I love the choice of fabrics you&#39;ve made and even more to see many of my Rapture prints in there. Thanks so much and happy sewing everyone 🙂

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    Lauren Deel
    April 22, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I&#39;m in! I had SOOO much fun pulling fabric for this today. It&#39;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&#39;m on the edge of my seat! (P.S. I&#39;m sure that my three friends who are patiently waiting for their (overdue)

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    April 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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

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      amy smart
      April 22, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Yes! It&#39;s a perfect pattern for a confident beginner. There are some good quilting skills involved, but none of it is tricky.

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    April 23, 2014 at 1:31 am

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

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    April 23, 2014 at 3:28 am

    This sounds like so much fun. I&#39;d love to take part but can&#39;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&#39;m out shopping, then hopefully when I come back I&#39;ll be able to join in and hopefully won&#39;t have too much to catch up on.<br />Your quilt is so pretty and fresh looking and I

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    April 23, 2014 at 3:30 am

    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.

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    April 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I&#39;m in also. Just have to find fabric in my stash. I guess the amount of fabrics needed will be discussed next. Thanks.

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      amy smart
      April 23, 2014 at 9:14 am

      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.

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    Barbara McD
    April 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I ADORE Churn Dash quilts!! I just wish I had the time to join in this time!! :(<br /><br />Will definitely be saving the blog posts/tutorials so I can make it at a later date!<br /><br />Barbara<br />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!!!<br />

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    April 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Yay another QAL — as one ends so another begins.

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    Nancy Conley
    April 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    YAY!!! I&#39;ve always wanted to do a QAL – you&#39;ll be my first. So excited. I&#39;m not the best at choosing fabrics, but I&#39;ve already read the first set of instructions over at Bernina and it seems simple enough for me!

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    Judith Blinkenberg
    April 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I love the churn dash pattern and look forward to this qal. I&#39;m in and thank you ever so much.

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    April 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I&#39;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.

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    April 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

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

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    Kelly Scott
    April 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I&#39;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&#39;t know that you could do something like that! I may give it a try!

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    April 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

    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.

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    Marsha Brown
    April 25, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Love it can&#39;t wait to get started. I may reuse some old cotton shirts to make this with different solids.

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    Susan Davis
    April 25, 2014 at 6:38 am

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

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    Rita McCart
    April 25, 2014 at 6:58 am

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

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    Cynthia H
    April 25, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Super cute!

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    Jackie Mulkey
    April 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

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

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    Bert K
    April 25, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Love the fabric choices and can&#39;t wait to try the pattern.

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    April 25, 2014 at 7:53 am

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

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    April 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Love your fabric choices. I haven&#39;t made this quilt in years so I can&#39;t wait to learn the shortcuts.

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    Natalia Tyapina
    April 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Smart and stylish! And fits the time – full of spring spirit 🙂

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    Brett Collins
    April 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

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

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    Amanda Collins
    April 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

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

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    Carla G
    April 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Love this pattern &amp; those are so my colors! 🙂

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    Actually Amy
    April 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Love this!

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    April 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Love the quilt! The colors are fantastic!

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    April 26, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Hello I want to join <br />Is there a flikr group ?

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    Margo Yang
    April 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I definitely will join in making this quilt. I&#39;ve been collecting blue and white for this pattern and now I think I&#39;m ready. Thanks, Amy.

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    Jerri H
    April 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I&#39;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&#39;m not into foo-foo patterns; elegantly-simple is my love so this pattern is great. It won&#39;t ever be out of style. Thanks for the inspiration.

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