Finish: The Churn Dash Dash 22

The South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild came together to make this quilt for Julia, one of our officers, who was moving to LA to learn textile design at FIDM. Yah, I’m a little jealous!


We wanted to honor all the hard work she’s put into the guild, and send her off with a quilt (that she won’t need hardly ever while in LA, but whatever. Everyone needs a quilt!)

Julia loves Heather Ross fabrics, so we knew from the get go we needed to incorporate them. Her color palette tends towards the Mendocino line, but we just honestly didn’t have enough to make a quilt. Briar Rose had just come out, and we were leaning towards that but couldn’t figure out a design for the quilt at all. A couple weeks went by with some back and forth on design ideas when the following fateful conversation happened at an officer’s meeting.

Julia: “My Briar Rose collector’s pack arrived today!”

Me: “Oh awesome! Are you going to make a quilt with it?”

Julia: “I was thinking about making one of those churn dash quilts like the one that Film in the Fridge made, but there’s not enough time before I move.”

Me: “Oh, that’s too bad!”

Well thanks Julia for ending a weeks-long design debate by custom ordering your goodbye quilt! (No, she had no idea what we were up to!)

The officers were worried there wouldn’t be enough time to pull off such an involved quilt (we had a little less than a month), so we got plannin’ and mathin’ (omg the math…) We split up the tasks of making the basic units: one person cut the center squares, one person did the HSTs and one person did the bar pieces.


Then we met up with the guild for a special secret sew day to put together all the blocks. It was a lot of fun, and the quilt top flew together! It was an incredible thing to see!


We finalized the layout at the sew day, and sent the blocks home so the top could be put together.



A back was made, and the quilt was basted, quilted and bound by various members of the guild.

Photo by Julia

It was finished and the label put on just a few hours before the meeting was held, but it got finished in time!

Photo by Karen (capitolaquilter)

Julia was super thrilled, and it was such a great feeling to be a part of something that so many people put such a great effort into.

Design notes:
We chose the green for the center because it was the only real cool color in the prints we used of Briar Rose. We stayed away from the prints with too much white in them, as it would have made the block shape less clear. We put the warm colors around the outside to contrast with the green/cool tone inside.

For the background we decided white was too harsh, and the off whites didn’t work well with Briar Rose (in our minds), so we went with a soft yellow (Kona Maize) which gave the quilt a bit of a vintage feel. It went well with the warm tones and soft colors without overpowering any of prints.


This is normally where I would list the things I wish had been done differently, but other than maybe a slightly higher prints to solid ratio on the outside ring, I have nothing. I’m really pleased with how this turned out!


Dimensions: ~60″ x 70″
Fabrics: Briar Rose by Heather Ross, Kona medley (Maize, coral, bubblegum, violet, school bus, and pear, plus a darker green that didn’t get noted)
Quilting: Done on a home machine. :O (Not by me!)
Bar set for next goodbye present: Super high!


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