Block #17 - Churn Dash Star
I can't believe we're already on Block #17! Only a few more weeks to go and we'll be making the pieced border and putting our quilt together.
Today's block combines two of my favorites - a churn dash and a star. (More on that later.) Both are simple to piece with traditional half square triangles (HST) and star points made with connecting corners (CC). Your reference sheet has step-by-step tips for both units.
The Churn Dash
First, we'll piece (3) churn dash blocks - (2) for the Churn Dash Star blocks and (1) for a filler block. For perfect HST, cut the squares oversized and trim to the exact measurement. I made mine red, green and black. I set the black churn dash aside for my filler block.
The Star Points
Next, we'll use the connecting corner (CC) method to create the star point units. If you have ever cut off the star points or blunted the point of the intersection when piecing your block into the quilt, #3 is the most important step. If the 90degree corners line up, you're good to go. (From CC Info Sheet)
Piece the blocks as shown in the instructions with a churn dash block for the center. Make (2) Churn Dash Star blocks.
Assemble the Section
We pieced the checkerboard filler a few weeks ago, so we have all the ingredients to make the Churn Dash Star section. Add the tan background strips, as indicated in the pattern, and sew it all together. You're one step closer to a finished quilt!
Star Cluster Giveaway
As I was designing this block, I tried it in a couple of sizes for the BOM quilt. I really liked the idea of multiple sizes of churn dash and star blocks, so I made a quilt called Star Cluster with a Through the Year fat 1/8 bundle. In the instructions, we piece the larger blocks first to practice/perfect our HST and CC, then move on to more challenging 4 1/2" and 2 1/2" stars and churn dash blocks. I love it!
And I hope you do, too. Want a chance to win the PDF downloadable pattern of Star Cluster? Comment below with your favorite quilting tip. Winner announced September 30th with Block #18.
I love it so much I made a second quilt in my Sweet Holly Christmas fabric. The pieced borders are done, just waiting for a free weekend to finish. Maybe before Christmas???