Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Compassion Quilt Churn Dash Block Drive

Hard to believe that March is almost here.  But that means it is time to get started on the next Compassion Quilt block drive!

These blocks will be making quilts for our Veterans - so the color scheme will be red, white and blue.

Kat usually does her Covered in Love Star block drive around July.  So, I thought we would make our patriotic blocks in the Spring and we would make Churn Dash blocks.

In fact, there will be a choice of THREE blocks.  (So you can make the blocks that gives you the best usage of your scraps.  You can make any number of the size(s) block you want.)

The first block is a 12.5" unfinished churn dash.

Here are the cut sizes for Block #1:

    2.5 x 4.5" dark fabric - Qty = 4
    2.5 x 4.5" light fabric - Qty = 4
    (If you want to strip piece, cut both strips 2.5" x 18", sew and then sub-cut into 4.5" square)

For the center square

    4.5" square - Qty = 1

For the HSTs:

    5" square dark fabric - Qty = 2
    5" square light fabric - Qty = 2
    (To make the HSTs, draw a diagonal line, sew twice 1/4" along the side of the line and then trim to 4.5" square.)

For color placement, I am just going to ask that you use a white for the background fabric.  It is okay if there is a small red and/or blue print on that fabric. You can make the center block the same as the background or feel free to use another fabric.  I don't care if you use all the same fabric for the dark fabric or break up the components and use different colors.  I will find a way to use them all!


The second block is the same block just in miniature - a 6.5" unfinished Churn Dash.

Same assembly just smaller cut sizes.

Here are the cut sizes for Block #2:

    1.5 x 2.5" dark fabric - Qty = 4
    1.5 x 2.5" light fabric - Qty = 4
    (If you want to strip piece, cut both strips 1.5" x 10", sew and then sub-cut into 2.5" square)

For the center square

    2.5" square - Qty = 1

For the HSTs:

    3" square dark fabric - Qty = 2
    3" square light fabric - Qty = 2
    (To make the HSTs, draw a diagonal line, sew twice 1/4"along the side of the line and then trim to 2.5" square.)

The color placement for these blocks is the same as the larger blocks.  These are blocks are great if you have smaller scraps.

The third block is really straight forward - just a 4-patch from 3.5" squares.  These will create a 6.5" unfinished block.

For Block #3:

For color placement, you can go with the traditional two light/two dark squares.  Or feel free to cut all four squares from different fabrics.  My vision is to use these as "chain" blocks, horizontal sashing, or just simple patchwork.  It will be fun to see what I receive and how I will use them.

(Note: for those of you with Americana prints - these usually have a background of cream or even a light tan.  You can use these fabrics and deviate from the white background.  I will just put all of these darker blocks together in a quilt (but my preference is to stick with white). I will make work whatever you send me!)

If you have any questions or need my address to send out your blocks, feel free to email me at cynthiabdesigns at gmail dot com.  Try not to put questions/requests in the comments unless you know for sure I can reply to them.

I really do appreciate any blocks you can send.  If you can't help out this time, I certainly understand and maybe there will be more opportunities in the future.

If you are curious, these quilts will be supporting multiple programs at Sacred Heart Hospital.  They will be used in the palliative care program - both in-house and at-home.  There is also a family housing program (similar to a Ronald McDonald house) where comfort quilts will be given to the children (I may make a few smaller quilts with the last of the blocks).  If there is enough stock, clergy and social workers can also request a quilt for someone who could benefit from one.  My goal is to be sure there will always be enough stock!

Thanks so much!

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Susan said...

This will be easy. I just made 35 nine-inch ones in the last couple of months. I have plenty of r/w/b fabrics. I'll get started next week and make some blocks for you.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I love that you are giving size options to work best with scraps. I look forward to seeing all the blocks you receive and quilts you make from them.

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

Lovely, thank you for doing this charity. I am wondering if and when Kat will be back. Meanwhile, I made a bunch but now I hope I have them all with whitish backgrounds. You did tell me that direction, but I get distracted once I"m working. If I've gone rogue, I'll send them anyways and maybe you'll get others who slipped up. I think I"ll make a few more and send them out to you tomorrow. I just love getting them out of the house before I lose the pile!

Rebecca said...

I'm new to this particular drive tho I've made blocks for Kat's other drives. When are these blocks "due"?

The Joyful Quilter said...

I hope to be able to send along some blocks for your Compassion Quilt program. Did you have a deadline in mind, Cynthia? If you mentioned one, it didn't jump out at me.

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