Churn Dash

You know those quilts that become some of your favorite ever?  Well, I think this one is going to end up on my list of favorites.  I love it.  And I think the main reason I love it so much is the fabric.

This Churn Dash quilt is made with the new Heather Ross Sleeping Porch collection, which starts shipping to retailers this month.


I was fortunate enough to get my hands on this fabric early.  Last Spring, Heather asked me to make a quilt with fabric from her new collection, which would then be photographed for the Look Book.  And now that I write that I realize I haven’t done a blog post about that project!  Ahhh!  I’ve mentioned it on Instagram but I haven’t officially written about it on the blog.  (Note to self: I need to make that project my next blog post.)

Anyway, I finished that quilt and I was lucky enough to have a fat quarter bundle of the fabric left.  The bundle includes 19 prints and six coordinating solids.


This collection is all cotton lawn.  I’ve had a couple of people ask me how it was to work with and it was great.  I’ve used cotton lawn before but mostly for quilt backs.  If memory serves me correct, this was the first time I’ve used cotton lawn for an entire quilt.


This, of course, is only the quilt top, but I think the whole thing is going to be so soft and dreamy when it’s all done.  (I plan to use cotton lawn for the back, too.)


But back to the design.  I was planning to do something different and had a few ideas sketched out, but in the end, I realized what I really wanted to make was a Churn Dash quilt.


This is my first time making a Churn Dash quilt.  Seriously!  I couldn’t believe it either, but I think it was a good choice because it highlights the many different prints and solids of the Sleeping Porch fabric beautifully.


When pairing the fabrics, I tried to make sure I did as many different color and print combinations as possible.


I lined up all of the blocks so I could keep track of which fabrics and combinations I had used and which ones I hadn’t.


Then, when I started to lay the quilt out, I stacked the blocks in color families.  That way I knew how many green/blue, pink/white, purple/yellow, etc. color combinations I had.  After that, I just did my best to randomly place the blocks so that the colors were distributed throughout as evenly as possible.


I love the colors and prints of the Sleeping Porch fabric.  I’m so happy with this quilt and can’t wait to finish it!

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  1. I haven’t made a churn dash quilt either but recently I have been thinking about doing so.

    Awesome quilt and definitely inspiring.

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