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Floating Churn Dash

Why is this block called a Floating Churn Dash? Because the background completely surrounds the churn dash, making it “float” on the background square.

Your finished block should be 9 1/2 inches square. (9 inches when in the quilt)

Check your measurements very carefully. Each block should measure 9 1/2 inches when it is finished. Accuracy from beginning to end will assure that your blocks come out perfectly. Measure carefully, sew carefully, and you will have a perfect block.

For the Churn Dash block you will need –
Four 3 inch squares of your churn dash fabric
Five 3 1/2 inch squares of your background fabric
Four 3 1/2 by 2 inch rectangles of BOTH the background and the churn dash fabric
You can find directions to make a Floating Churn Dash quilt here.

                 Make a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of your churn dash 3 inch square.
Now make a second diagonal line 1/2 inch from the first line.

Place the 3 inch churn dash square on the corner of the background square, and sew on BOTH lines.                 

                 Now cut between the two lines, making your churn dash corner and a triangle square.

Next sew a background 3 1/2 by 2 inch rectangle to a churn dash 3 1/2 by 2 inch rectangle.               

               Assemble to match diagram. Your finished block should measure exactly 9 1/2 inches.

What should you use those diagonal half squares for? Anything you want to!
Here's what I did with mine.

Here are a few suggestions.

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Updated June 15, 2014

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