Hello! It's Erin from House on Hill Road here. I love making over-sized quilt blocks. They are a great way to showcase a particular fabric, create great visual impact and get a quilt top completed in record time. This churn dash block is a classic and works well singularly as a pillow, but is equally as great for a larger project. Four blocks make a nice 36" square lap/baby quilt and nine blocks give you a good 54" throw. Keep going and put 16 together for a 72" larger picnic or beach quilt. You can always add sashing or borders to get the perfect bed sized quilt! Big blocks are so versatile. Here's how I put mine together. This tutorial makes one block.
GO! Qube Mix and Match 12” Block (55778)
(Die #1 – 6” square, Die #3 - Half Square Triangle 6" finished and Die # - Rectangle 3" x 6" finished)
White fabric for background
Blue floral fabric for churn dash
Supersized Churn Dash Block
Finished Size: 18 inch block
1. Using the 6" half square triangle die, cut (4) white half square triangles and (4)blue floral half square triangles.
2. Using the 3" x 6" rectangle die, cut (4) white rectangles and (4) blue floral rectangles.
3. Using the 6" square die, cut (1) square.
4. Sew each white half square triangle to a corresponding blue floral half square triangle for a total of (4) units. Press seams towards the blue floral.
5. Sew each white rectangle to a corresponding blue floral rectangle for a total of (4) units. Press the seam towards the blue floral.
6. Lay the block out in three rows. Sew each row together. Press the seams of the top and bottom rows towards the middle. Press the seams of the middle row towards the outside.
7. Sew the rows together to finish the block. Press the seams open.
Easy and fun, right?!? I just love the visual impact that large blocks create. This 36" four-block quilt top is next in my quilting queue. I'll be back with another super-sized block next month. Until then, happy sewing!