Churn Dash

churn dash quilt block tutorial

The Churn Dash quilt block goes around with so many names and so many different but similar versions. Really easy for beginners and very beautiful to make.

churn dash quilt block tutorial
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A little bit of history

via Quilting in America

The Churn Dash is a very old quilt block pattern, originating between 1800 and 1849. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.

Much has been written about the Churn Dash or Monkey Wrench pattern being used in the mid-1800s as a clue to assist runaway slaves by the Underground Railroad. As romantic as that notion may be, there are many scholars who insist that for a variety of reasons it is not very likely.

churn dash quilt block tutorial
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Cutting Instructions for the Churn Dash quilt block

Always be careful of the colors you are choosing. They can easily mess up your block (or quilt) or on the contrary, make it shine! I prefer to make a test block before cutting pieces for the whole quilt. It makes me more confident to continue and make the whole thing.

And always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.

Finished Block Size Cut 2 strips from Dark fabric and Light Fabric Cut 2 squares from Dark fabric and Light Fabric Cut 1 square from Light Fabric
6” 1.5” x 11” 2 7/8” 2.5”
9” 2 x 15” 3 7/8” 3.5”
12” 3 x 19” 4 7/8” 4.5”
churn dash quilt
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Names of the block

Broken plate, Double monkey wrench, Double T, Dragon’s head, Fisherman’s reel, Hens and chickens, Hole in the barn door, Indian hammer, Joan’s doll quilt, Lincoln’s platform, Love knot, Ludlow’s favorite, Old mill design, Picture frame, Puss in the corner, Quail’s nest, Sherman’s March, Shoo fly, Wrench

#REFERENCE: Maggie Malone “5500 Quilt Blocks Designs”

via Laura Taylor

Βlock variations

The Churn dash quilt block has some variations that are not easily seen at first sight, but they are almost the same.

churn dash quilt block variations

The Farmer’s Wife quilt series includes the Churn Dash quilt block, two times, as Wrench and as Churn Dash.

You can find VIDEO tutorial for some of the block variations here:


Video tutorial of the Churn Dash quilt block

I hope you will enjoy this video tutorial on how to make the CHURN DASH quilt block and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more quilt blocks!

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