Monday, April 9, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #2 - Orange Churn Dashes}

Welcome to Week #2 of the Blocked Rainbow QAL!

I have loved seeing everyone's pinwheel blocks on Facebook and Instagram! Gina was the winner of our Week 1 pattern giveaway hosted by The Inquiring Quilter! Gina is doing a super scrappy version of the quilt with a grey background!

Let's get back to business and make some churn dashes. This week we're making smaller HSTs than last week and doing some strip piecing.

Thirty (30) 3 inch orange squares
Thirty (30) 3 inch background squares
Four (4) 1.5 inch x WOF orange strips
Four (4) 1.5 inch x WOF background strips
Fifteen (15) 2.5 inch background squares

Thirty (30) 4 inch orange squares
Thirty (30) 4 inch background squares
Six (6) 2 inch x WOF orange strips
Six (6) 2 inch x WOF background strips
Fifteen (15) 3.5 inch background squares

Construction: HSTs
Draw diagonal lines on the back of each background square. Pair each background square with an orange square, sew 1/4" from each side of the line, and cut apart on the line. Press as desired. Trim units for throw sized quilt to 2.5 inches and trim units for twin sized quilt to 3.5 inches. Make a total of sixty (60) HSTs.

Strip pieced side sections
Pair each orange WOF strip with a background WOF strip. Sew along the long edge of each strip pair and press as desired.

For the throw sized quilt, you should make four (4) strip sets and each set should measure 2.5 inches wide. Subcut each strip set into fifteen (15) 2.5 inch sections for a total of sixty (60) 2.5 inch strip set units.

For the twin sized quilt, you should make six (6) strip sets and each should measure 3.5 inches wide. Subcut five (5) of the strip sets into eleven (11) 3.5 inch sections each and subcut five (5) additional 3.5 inch sections from the final strip set for a total of sixty (60) 3.5 inch strip set units.

Arrange four HSTs, four strip set units, and one background square as shown below for each churn dash block. Sew units into rows and then sew the rows together for a final block. Make a total of fifteen (15) orange churn dashes.

Here are my blocks:

I used five different fabrics this week. As noted in last week's scrappy suggestions, you can chose to mix up fabrics within a single block, or make each block in a single fabric like I have done.

If you're working from smaller fabrics, strip piecing your side sections might not be the best use of your scraps and you might want to cut individual rectangles and that's totally fine! If you want to do that you'll need 1.5 inch x 2.5 inch rectangles for the 6 inch blocks used in the throw sized quilt or 2 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles for the 9 inch blocks used in the twin sized quilt. Some of my side sections were strip pieced and some weren't -- it just depended on the size of my starting piece of fabric for that particular color.

If you like the blocks but aren't sure if you have enough scraps to make either size quilt and don't want to use yardage, here are some alternate project suggestions:

-- To make a set of four placemats, make four (4) 6 inch blocks each week and combine one block in each color to make placemats that each use 6 blocks
-- You could also make a 24 block table runner if you make four (4) 6 inch blocks each week.

This week our prize sponsor is Marlene from KISSed Quilts and the winner will receive a PDF pattern of their choosing! She's retired as an Island Batik Ambassador, but is still designing patterns for the company. Here's a little bit about Marlene:

Marlene (Baerg) Oddie is an award winning long-arm machine quilter, pattern designer and author who enjoys creating unique treasures. She's an engineer by education, project manager by profession and now a quilter by passion. Her company name comes from her engineering days of the KISS method, but she has adapted it to Keeping It Simple.....and Stunning!

Due to job moves with her husband, she is now involved with quilting projects full-time and has a small retail shop and quilting studio in Grand Coulee, WA. You may have read her columns that are regularly picked up across North America in your local Country Register. If you're going through the Pacific Northwest, stop to see the Grand Coulee Dam and be sure to say hello to Marlene.

Make sure to post in the Facebook group or use the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL to be entered to win!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday and Needle and Thread Thursday!

March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes <-- That's today!
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up

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