Sunday, June 15, 2014

Nested Churn Dash Quilt Along

Who is ready for a quilt-a-long of the Nested Churn Dash? Starting 1st June 2014, I will be taking you through the steps to make a 24" x 24" nested churn dash block.

Joining me will be 10 of my favourite quilters who will be making their blocks into a mini quilt.

For the more adventurous, you can continue on and using the 24" x 24" finished block you can make a pillow or mini quilt or make a quilt, ranging in size from 28" x 80" (1 x 3 block bed runner), 54" x 54" (2 x 2 block setting), 80" x 80" (3 x 3  block setting) and 106" x 106" (4 x 4 block setting). I will provide instructions for each setting.

Fabrics - April Showers, Happy Go Lucky

by Bonnie & Camille for Moda 
June 1st - Requirements, fabric selections and layouts.
June 6th - Tips and hints for making the blocks.

June 10th - Kim Niedzwiecki -
June 11th - Pat Sloan -
June 12th - Lissa Alexander -
June 13th - FatQuarterShop -
June 16th - Frances Newcombe -
June 17th - Katy Jones -
June 18th - Sherri McConnell -
June 19th - Sara Lawson -
June 20th - Amy Smart -

June 23th - Making a quilt using the Nested Churn Dash block.
June 30th - Finishing the quilt.
July 30th - Winners selected from the Flickr group.

The block pattern can be purchased and downloaded from here and here.

Upload your finished blocks or projects to the Flickr Group to win some beautiful Aurifil thread packs and other great prizes. Use #NestedChurnDash on IG, FB, Flickr and twitter. Winners will be announced 30th July 2014.

I was so thrilled to be invited to the Nested Churn Dash QAL. When Jane asked me I couldn't wait to make it. I was at quilt market and I knew I wanted to make it out of what was left over from my next fabric line "Cherie" which comes out this July only a month away! I am excited about this collection because it has different looks. It is a low volume collection which means it has mid-tone values (low contrast,  white background, light colors.) So I wanted to try Jane's amazing pattern with this low volume look. I adore this mini quilt it is so fun and easy to make. I have made a churndash block before but never nested like this! I would love to make four blocks and put them together for a lap quilt.
Come on over and enjoy a summer get together with friends using this awesome Mini quilt.

I started my center with my darkest fabrics from the collection then graduated the colors out to the lightest fabrics. 
I chose ART GALLERY FABRICS floral element FE -519 Icy Blue for the background. I had a tough time choosing my binding color, but I hope I made the right choice.

Makes a great wall hanging or table topper for entertaining and fits the colors of my home!

The quilting was done by my friend and local quilter, Frances Rice Ferrnand. She is amazing and I met her last Fall and she quilted all my Safari Moon projects and had to have her quilt This! Check out the sweet details.

In the last year I have fallen in love with Aurifil thread. It is the most amazing quality. So silky smooth. And the threads last forever, so you don't run out of bobbin so quickly. These are the colors I used for this project. The middle thread is one of my favorite colors that I like to use for piecing. I gave my quilter the last color spool to quilt this project. I love they way it turned out. The color is beautiful. Thank you so much for coming to my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you Jane for inviting me to play along. Much love, Frances


  1. Frances, I cannot believe someone got me to like a churn dash block!! Your fabrics are so beautiful & delicate, I love the vintage look. So so beautiful!

  2. looks amazing in the Cherie!!

  3. This may be my favorite so far of the quilt along. Your fabrics are great. Will be looking for them in July!!

  4. This is a lovely mini quilt and your quilting just finishes it off. The red binding is also perfect for framing the block. Very, very nice.

  5. how lovely and your photos are picture perfect


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