What better way to begin the year than to start a new project? There isn't one, I don't think....unless it also includes joining a new quilting bee!
I'm excited to be doing both, and to add a cherry on top, January just happens to be my month and I get to choose the project!
Here is my block warming up the freshly-fallen-first-day-of-the-new-year-snow...
...and here's the easy way to make it, just in case you'd like to know...
Easy Churn Dash Tutorial
For each 6 inch Churn Dash:
Background fabric: (1) 4.5 inch square, (1) 1.5 inch X 10.5 inch strip, (1) 2.5 inch square
Churn dash fabric: (1) 4.5 inch square, (1) 1.5 inch X 10.5 inch stripStep 1: With right sides together (RST), sew the two 10.5 inch strips together along the long edge. Press seam toward the dark fabric. Place the two 4.5 inch squares RST, and sew around all four sides as shown below. Press flat. (Very important!)
Step 2: Use your rotary cutter to cut four 2.5 inch sections from the strip set.
Step 3: Use your rotary cutter and ruler to slice the 4.5 inch square into four triangles along the diagonal as illustrated below. (A small cutting mat that can be rotated is helpful with this step so that you do not have to move the fabric itself.) Press seams toward the dark.
Step 4: Using a clear ruler, trim the pressed half-square triangles to 2.5 inches.
Step 5: Lay out the nine sections into 3 rows and sew block together as shown.
Press these seams open as shown below. (This becomes important when sewing your four blocks together.)
Your finished block should measure 6.5 inches.Now Make 3 more.
Aren't they fast, fun, and easy!Sew the four blocks together to make a 12.5 inch block. My color scheme is right off the hot side of the color wheel...red, pink and orange with some white thrown in like whipped cream on a dish of jello! The crazier the fabric combinations, the better, too!
Have fun! Are you starting the year off with any new projects? I'd love to hear about them!