Monday, March 24, 2014

Ode to Cheery Churn Dash

Over the last month, the mail man has been kindly adding to my growing pile of cheery churn dash blocks. It's been so exciting!
It all started with this darling! It was a year ago, in January, that my friends from the Mid-Century Modern Bee created blocks for me during my month as the Queen Bee. I posted a tutorial here with a quick way to make them.
I remember the excitement when the first few blocks began to arrive!
By the end of January 2013, I had a nice assortment of blocks in my chosen colors of pink, red, and orange. Juicy Fruit became it's name. I loved it so!
Often one to not leave well enough alone, I soon decided that my throw size quilt should really be bed size. Oh, and wouldn't it be fun to throw in a few large size blocks, I commented to Linda and Suz who each soon gifted me with a twelve inch beauty.
Over the last year, I've been making more 6 inch churn dash blocks every now and then. Last summer, I even spent one whole retreat day making them.
That's when I got the idea to begin adding some yellow and white into my bright pallet. 
When my turn to be the MCM Queen Bee rolled around again, I decided to get serious about finishing my Juicy Fruit quilt. I again asked the members to sew  up more churn dash blocks to add to my collection. No one complained, I hope!
I laid their additions all out together to admire. Who can't smile when you look at that!?
Just in case you are interested in the numbers up to this point I counted them all. There are 24 full size blocks each made up of 4 small churn dashes. Then, I also have 70 single six-inch churn dash blocks. Yes, that's right folks, that's 166 little churn dashes tucked away just waiting to come out and play!
Without my friends I would have never gotten to this point. (Isn't that how life is with just about everything?) I'm planning to finish up the remaining 34 six inch blocks that I need plus a few more larger churn dashes at a weekend retreat coming up in mid April. I'll finish this, I promise!

17 comments:

  1. Fabulous!
    I love the churn dash block!

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  2. I love them! So bright and happy! Now I'm gonna have to make some ;)

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  3. It is going to be such a fun quilt. You have the perfect name too!

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  4. Beautiful blocks! That will be a very fun quilt.

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  5. Besides being big, this is going to be a fun and happy quilt! And I am very happy to have been a small contributor to it! Roll on April and the Retreat!

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  6. Wheeee! It looks fabulous! I'm still hoping to finish mine this year. Those little devils take quite a while to make.

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  7. I love your Juicy Fruit happy finishing.

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  8. How fun, those are such bright and fun blocks. Great name for a great quilt. Let's go April! I look forward to see the finish.

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  9. These blocks are wonderful! I love the addition of the yellow and white.

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  10. I know I'm not usually a "bright" person, but I really like these. It's going to be beautiful.

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  11. They're delicious all together. But I'm stunned at how many more you need! This is going to be a great big quilt, isn't it?

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  12. Oh, I love how it's all coming together Carla. So cheery not to mention juicy!

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  13. These are just the cheeriest blocks! I can't wait to see it all finished and quilted. Good things DO come to those who wait :)

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  14. These are just the cheeriest blocks! I can't wait to see it all finished and quilted. Good things DO come to those who wait :)

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  15. I like the addition of yellow and white. It was beautiful without, but they add more contrast somehow.

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