Strip Piecing for 12" Framed Churn Dash BlocksIt's easy to strip-piece the tan and brown framing units. Each 12" square finished block requires four 8-1/2" long units, or a total length of 34". If your fabric has at least 43" of usable width from selvage to selvage, you can cut five units from one strip -- handy if you're making multiple blocks.
- Using rotary equipment, cut a 1-1/2" wide strip of brown fabric from selvage to selvage.
- Cut a 1-1/2" wide strip of tan fabric from selvage to selvage.
- Sew the strips together lengthwise. Press seam allowances towards the dark fabric.
- Square-up one end of the strip set you just created. Use your rotary equipment to cut 8-1/2" long segments from it.
- Make additional strip sets to assemble more blocks.
Strip Sets for 6" Finished BlocksUse 1" wide long strips to create strip sets for the 6" finished blocks. Cut 4-1/2" long segments from your long strip. You should be able to cut nine segments from a 43" long strip set. the extra length allows you to square-up units as necessary.
Rotary Skills for Beginning Quilters
- Understanding Fabric Grain
- How to Cut Long Strips of Fabric
- How to Cut Patchwork Shapes
- More About Rotary Cutting