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The Churn Dash Quilt Pattern

The Churn Dash quilt block is a classic. This Churn Dash Quilt Pattern uses scraps or fat quarters for the main fabrics and yardage for background, borders and sash. Finished size is approximately 60″ x 72″. Block size is 12″.


Fat Quarters – 10 assorted

Each fat quarter makes two blocks. For each fat quarter, cut the following:

One 5″ x 20″ strip.

Two 2-1/2″ x 20″ strips

Background – 2 yards

Cut the following:

5 strips @ 5″ x WOF. Sub-cut each strip to 5″ x 20″ for a total of 10 pieces.

10 strips @ 2-1/2″ x WOF. Sub-cut each strip to 2-1/2″ x 20″ for a total of 20 pieces.

3 strips @ 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares for a total of 20 squares.

Sashing / Inner Border – 1 yard

Cut the following:

1 strip @ 12-1/2″ x WOF for vertical sash. Sub-cut 25 pieces @ 1-1/2″ x 12-1/2″

9 strips @ 1-1/2″ x WOF for horizontal sash.

Border and Binding – 1-1/2 yards

Cut the following:

8 strips @ 4″ x WOF for border

8 strips @ 2-1/2″ x WOF for binding


Directional fabric – 4-3/4 yards

Non-directional fabric – 4 yards

Half Square Triangle Units

Place one 5″ x 20″ strip background fabric on top of one 5″ x 20″ strip from the fat quarters with right sides together.

Follow the instructions under Half Square Triangles online at The Churn Dash Quilt Block to complete the HST units for two blocks.

Repeat Step 1 with the remaining 5″ x 20″ fabric pieces.

Rail Fence Units

Using the 2-1/2″ x 20″ strips, sew one background strip to one fat quarter strip.

Follow the instructions under Rail Fence Units online at The Churn Dash Quilt Block to complete the Rail Fence units for all the blocks.

Construct the Blocks

Using matching HST units, Rail Fence units and the 4-1/2″ squares, follow the instructions under Construct the Churn Dash Quilt Block online at The Churn Dash Quilt Block to complete the blocks.


Lay the blocks out into 5 rows of 4 as shown in the cover quilt.

For each row, sew a 1-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ sashing strip between each block and on the ends as shown. Press all seams towards the sashing.

Watch this video to learn how to sew the strips together. The video also shows how to stitch a border strip to the quilt however, the sashing strips are sewn the same way.

Sew the 9 horizontal sashing strips together end-to-end. Press seams.

Measure the width of the row. It should be about 53-1/2″. Cut the sashing to the measured size.

Watch the short video for tips on this step.

Sew a sashing strip between each of the rows and on the top and bottom.


Attach borders to the longest side first

Sew the border strips together end-to-end as you did for the horizontal sashing.

Measure the longest side. Cut two border strips to that size. Attach the side borders first.

Measure the top and bottom and cut the two remaining border strips to that length and attach.


Once the top is done, it needs to be layered with backing and batting before it is quilted. Read the article, Piecing the Backing. There are sections for directional backing and for non-directional backing.


This quilt can be quilted with an allover design or with custom quilting.


For complete instructions for preparing and attaching binding, read the article, Attaching Straight Quilt Binding.