Giant “Churn Dash” Baby Quilt

Since “Churn Dash” is the March block of the month in our “Sisters” quilt along, I have a pattern variation to share with you.

I’ve designed a contemporary baby quilt based on the time-honored design. One giant block is all you need to make for this quilt! Click on the Patterns tab in the bar beneath my header picture (or in the drop down menu on your smart phone). Once on the Patterns page, you’ll be able to click on the link to the printer friendly instructions for the 24″ block and two borders.

As you might surmise from looking at the picture, the rectangles are strip-pieced from 8  2 1/2″ strips. You can use leftover jelly roll strips or you can cut 2 1/2″ wide strips from stash as I did. In addition, you need about 3/4 yd. of light background fabric and 3/8 yd. of a theme print. I’ll be teaching this quilt as a workshop on Saturday to fellow Tarheel Quilters Guild members. When 20 of us complete our quilts, our NICU charity coordinator’s stockpile of baby quilts will be greatly increased.

I selected coordinating quilting designs for my two Giant Churn Dash quilts. For the “Under the Sea” theme quilt, I chose light blue thread and a pantograph of sea creatures.

And for my “Pretty in Pink” quilt, I quilted a freehand design of heart shaped leaves and large flowers with pink thread.

I’d love to see a picture of your Giant Churn Dash baby quilt! Send a digital photo to aby.quilts@gmail.com

11 thoughts on “Giant “Churn Dash” Baby Quilt

  1. Need to make a baby quilt for a special friend and this one looks perfect. It is modern, and full of color! Thanks for the inspiriation!

  2. Is it my imagination or does that “Pretty in Pink” version use some of the “Hello Spring” blue/green print for the “churn” corners? I really like the mauve and blue together. The background of outdoors/trees in the photos helps too haha

    I just love the way the quilting pattern falls into the center open space so it’s visible even before zooming in 😁

  3. I love this giant Churn Dash…of course, supersizing many of our favorite blocks to baby sized quilts can yield lovely results. I have a particular love of the Sawtooth and Ohio Stars, and I can see that making a fetch design as well!

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