WEEK 4: Churn Dash Block

A note about ratings for this quilt-along: Overall, the quilt is rated as Moderate, but many of the blocks fall into the Easy category. You will see the ratings vary between Easy and Moderate from week to week. For more information about what these ratings mean, click on the graphic above.

This is part 4 of a 13 part quilt-along series. Find the rest of the posts in this series by clicking on the links at the end of this post.

Welcome to Week 4 in Oda May’s School of Sewing! Just one block type this week, but we have 12 to make so let’s get started.

Some notes:

  • Use a scant ¼” seam.
  • Depending on your cutting method, you may have extras each week of common sizes used throughout the quilt. I suggest you label a couple of plastic bags for “2 1/2″ squares” and “2⅞” squares” so you can make use of the extras another week.

{from Prairie Traditions by Cathy Smith}

From 5 Layer Cake squares, cut:
(24) 2⅞” squares
(48) 1½” x 2½” strips

From background fabric, cut:
(24) 2⅞” squares
(48) 1½” x 2½” strips
(12) 2½” squares


Make Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

  1. Pair (1) 2⅞” print square with (1) 2⅞” background square.
  2. Draw a line along the diagonal of the wrong side of one square.
  3. Sew ¼” away from each side of the drawn line.
  4. Cut apart at the line. Press towards the darker fabric and trim to 2½” square.

Repeat to make 48 HST units.

Pair (1) 1½” x 2½” print strip with (1) 1½” x 2½” background strip. Sew along the long edge and press. Repeat to make (48) sets.

  1. Join (2) HST units with rectangle pair as shown. Press.
  2. Join (2) rectangle pairs with center square. Press.
  3. Assemble block in rows as shown.

Make (12) 6½” unfinished Churn Dash blocks.

WEEK 1: Intro to QAL + Fabric Requirements
WEEK 2: Prairie Rose Garden + 8 Applesauce Cross blocks
WEEK 3: Tropical Punch + 6 Applesauce Cross blocks
WEEK 4: Churn Dash blocks {this post}








28 comments on “WEEK 4: Churn Dash Block

  1. ANDREA FEHL says:

    Is there any way to get a cutting guide, like was done with the first block?

  2. Barb Suttom says:

    To cut this, won’t we need 4 fat quarters? The math in 3 squares is eluding me.

  3. Mary Lee Berberich says:

    I agree, I don’t think the math adds up for the amount of cakes to use.

  4. Tony says:

    Just cut 3 squares and am short 10 of the strips. So really it’s 3 and a half layer cake squares?

  5. Brenda says:

    Looks like you should use 4 layer cakes. Cut 6 (2 7/8) squares, 9 (1 1/2 x 2 1/2) rectangles from each layer cake. Not room for error.

    • Becki K. says:

      But you need 48 rectangles, so that wouldn’t work either.

      • Brenda says:

        So instead of 9 (1 1/2 x 2 1/2) cut 12. This should work but you use every bit of each layer cake.

        • Becki K. says:

          If you are cutting 6 ( 2 7/8″) squares, how can you have room to cut 12 rectangles? 6 squares (2 across by 3 deep) is 5 3/4″ x 8 5/8″…. which leaves 1 3/8″ at the bottom, which is less than a full 1 1/2″.

    • Brenda says:

      Damn, I can see now I would 1/8 of an inch off. Yeah, this isn’t gonna work.

  6. Lea Dawn says:

    I agree. However that only works if you’re using the same fabric for all 12 blocks. Otherwise, you’ll end up using more than four 10″ squares. Hmmmm

  7. Natalia says:

    Hi. The math doesn’t work. You need 8 ( 2 7/8″) and 12 ( 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 “) strips per 10 ” block. Impossible. Could someone please help. Please.

  8. Brett says:

    This is why I gave up after week three!

  9. Sandy overholt says:

    I was following up to till now. How many do you get out of every layer cake (2)? So my math is 6 then . Not at home this week so i cannot follow but will get to it friday. Hope all works out.

  10. Polly Monica says:

    ODA MAY! Please address these issues. Please provide a cutting layout for using layer cake squares!

  11. Joanna says:

    A template would be very helpful. What if the squares are 2.5″ instead of 2.875?

  12. Natalia says:

    I went on Facebook and I found that there was an error. So now there are new directions with a diagram showing how to cut everything out

  13. Brenda says:

    But you won’t be using the same fabric for each block. I prefer cutting 2 (2 1/2) strips yielding 12 triangles, then cutting 3 (1 1/2) strips by 2 1/2 with the same layer cake (using 4 different layer cakes). I have never seen 5 of the same fabric in a layer cake.

  14. Natalia Ryng says:

    This is so confusing. I would have to figure it out so I would have (2) 6 block combinations

  15. Carol says:

    Printer copy needed

  16. would using fat quarters be better

  17. Sheila says:

    I am not that experienced of a quilter. I think I should pass on continuing with this quilt a long. I am quite surprised that Moda isn’t more careful about their directions…..maybe tried and true several times first.

  18. Edith Montaldo says:

    I find your website very hard to read. The print is not dark, more of a gray. My eyesight is not the best and I have a very hard time lokking at this site for any length of time. Also the pattern used to illustrate the fabric is to busy, I can hardly see the red lines, I guess I won’t be making anything from your website. Sigh. Such a shame.

Comments are closed.