Friday, October 19, 2012

Churn Dash

I've been busy making churn dash blocks (5" square) using the mini Schnibble pattern Jot and two little charm packs of Harvest Moon.   I just love these little blocks - they are so cute.

I made 13 blocks so decided to assemble two mini quilts - one with 9 blocks and one with 4 blocks.

Last weekend, I assembled my mini's, created my quilt sandwich and then sat down to FMQ.  After almost an hour of frrustration, mixed with rethreading, new needles, cleaning, adjusting tension, I just could not get the tension right.  I rarely have this problem and usually a second pass through a cleaning, rethreading, new needle, new bobbin solves this.  Not this time.

So I decided to hand quilt the 4 block mini.

In all my time quilting, I've never done quilting by hand.  It is relaxing and I think this mini works well for a hand quilting.

My mini measures 14 by 14.  I may cut an inch off all around from the border - I'll decide this as I figure out how to quilt.

I will give my machine another chance tonight and hope the tension issues are behind me.  I would like to FMQ the 9 block version of this one.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Stitching!


  1. Your little mini is adorable...and as a "mostly" hand quilter, it is nice to see you pick up that needle. Hand quilting is perfect in a cozy chair listening to music or watching your favorite TV show. Enjoy the process, but hope your machine fixes itself with those tension issues!

  2. Great churn dash blocks! I think I've fallen in love with that pattern...

  3. Cute little blocks. I have just started trying to sew some minis.
    Hope you machine starts sewing properly. I feel your pain. What is your sewing machine?

  4. So so cute, I love churn dash blocks :)


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