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Friday Finishes

Happy Friday!

I’ve gotten a lot accomplished this week, being asked to stay home really hasn’t been that bad and I have to admit getting things checked off my “to do list” has been gratifying.

I finished two UFO’s from last year.

A churn dash baby quilt. I’ll be donating this quilt to a local charity. The quilt measures 36 x 36 inches. I used a pattern from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro.

baby quilt churn dash
churn dash baby quilt

2. My RWB scrappy log cabin picnic quilt. Our city has a lovely water show and fireworks display for July 4th celebrations. This quilt measuring 56 x 70 inches will be perfect for hubby and I to sit or lay on while we enjoy the show.

patriotic log cabin throw, creative grids trim tool
patriotic log cabin throw

My new projects completed this week:

Aqua-Red Star Baby Quilt. This quilt will also be donated to the same local charity. I was actually able to make 2 identical quilts. The fabric used was from an old Riley Blake line by Mind’s Eye. Hopefully, I will get the second quilt finished next week.

  • Using twelve (12) 10 x 10 inch squares of fabric- one print and one background fabric
  • I created 24 half square triangles – squared to 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Arrange 12 of the triangles into a star pattern as shown below
  • Lastly I added 4 – 9.5 x 9.5 corner squares of background fabric
layer cake baby quilt in aqua red
aqua red star baby quilt

Floating Stars Baby Quilt: My last finish for the week was a custom ordered baby quilt. I used left over layer cake squares from an older Cotton and Steel collection to create the floating star layout. I didn’t have a pattern, she requested stars so I sketched out something that would work with the amount of fabric I had on hand and just winged it.

The quilt measures 36 x 48 inches. My customer also wants me to make a couple of burp cloths to match – I should be able to finish those today and mail in the morning.

layer cake baby quilt floating stars cotton steel fabric
floating stars baby quilt

I’ve already pulled my fabric out for my weekend project!

vintage blossom quilt fabric pull
fabric pull

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

Churn Dash or Churn Dash ?

Hello and happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Relax time over; back to work for me!

I should use my free time to work on UFO’s but what fun is that when starting something new is SEW exciting 🙂

On my list of quilt blocks to make is the Churn Dash – a simple classic pattern which has many variations and known by many other names such as hole in the barn door, monkey wrench and Lincoln’s Platform, I’m sure there are many more names.

The churn dash quilt block pattern is a simple nine patch comprised of half square triangles, strip piecing and solid squares – quilting basics!

For me churn dash equals charm pack opportunity!

I used 9 charm squares (5 x 5 inch squares) to make one 12.5 unfinished churn dash quilt block. Using one Crazy for Red by Minick and Simpson charm pack I created 4 blocks. I love the barn red and tan color combination.


Crazy For Red Churn Dash

Not sure if I will turn the four blocks into a small table topper or create something larger. I have one more Crazy for Red charm pack plus a couple of French General favorites charm packs that are similar in color. I’ll keep you posted!

As I mentioned earlier the churn dash has many variations. One of the blogs I follow has a section titled “Patchwork Auditions” where she offers different layout options for a few classic quilt blocks including the churn dash.

I was really intrigued with her “H” option for the churn dash. I printed out the coloring sheets, pulled out a few Kate Spain Solstice fat quarters and got busy!

The table runner below is 4 blocks using her “H” option.

Amazing — I can’t believe its the same block!  The secondary diamond design in the center is so cool.  The entire layout has an overall “X” like look — I just love it!


Solstice Churn Dash Variation


What do you think?

Until next time…

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