The Churn Dash quilt pattern is a nine-patch layout using half square triangles and strip pieced units. Typically made with two fabrics, the block also can have a different fabric in the center square, or fabric variations for the center side strips.
This quilt pattern design is a variation of the Shoo Fly quilt block and is also referred to as the Double Monkey Wrench, Old Mill Design, Hens and Chickens and more. Use this block alone to make a quilt top, add sashing when you design the quilt, or combine with other nine patch quilt blocks finished to the same dimensions! This would be perfect combined with the popular traditional Friendship Star quilt block.
This is the basic two color Churn Dash quilt block pattern. Make sure to select fabrics with strong value differentiation. Here we have selected a light value ivory solid color and a dark value navy blue solid color. This is a perfect block pattern to try different fabric patterns with different scale – like a large print for the center and corners and a small scale print for the sashing and interior triangles.
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Here are two variations that show three color options for the Churn Dash quilt block:
Here are common sizes for the Churn Dash quilt block and how to cut the fabrics:
Learn more about the basics of the nine patch quilt block and browse through more nine patch quilt blocks on Create Whimsy.