Traditional Tuesday - Block 4

Churn Dash

Block 4 - Churn Dash
The Churn Dash block is another one of those old workhorse blocks that still has a lot of appeal. Its 9-patch construction makes it easy to make and you can change the size easily to use in a variety of ways. I've also seen it called Hole in the Barn Door. I'm sure it has many other names as well.

This version requires three fabrics, a light for the background, a blue for the center and a red to surround the center. You could make it in two colors, substituting the light for the center. I've also seen the surrounding part in two colors F.E. light pink for the sides and hot pink for the half-square triangles (hst's). 

From the red AND light, cut:
2 - 3" squares for the hst's, (remember I like to make it big and cut it down. I actually cut mine 3 1/2")
4 - 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle

From the blue, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square.

The cut fabrics.
To make the hst's, draw a line from corner to corner, diagonally on the back side of the light fabric. Match the light and red squares up, right sides together and sew 1/4" from the drawn line on both sides.

Cut apart on the drawn line. Press each open, toward the red to make 4 hst's. Trim to 2 1/2".
Next, sew the 4 light and 4 red rectangles together, pressing to the red.

Lay out your units like this and sew together in rows. Join the rows together, pressing to one side at each step. Your block will be 6 1/2" unfinished.


  1. I am loving the blocks so far. They are such fun to make. Will there be 64 different blocks or should I be making doubles of each?

  2. This was so much fun to make...I may have to make an entire churn dash quilt! Thanks for the instructions.


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