I have a finish this week and I’m so pleased to share it with you. Actually, it was last week’s finish but the weather has been so yucky I’m just now getting pics.  The churn dash quilt I’ve been working on is done and I’ve decided to name it ‘New Beginnings’ for a few reasons I won’t go into here. I’m really pleased with the way it looks and happy I can finally say I conquered those churn dash blocks! Whoop!

Other posts about New Beginnings can be found at these links:

New Beginnings Churn Dash Quilt

The fabrics are so pretty and work so well together with the churn dash pattern. But when I look at the quilt all spread out like this the colors make me think of a Christmas quilt. Not really what I was going for. Do you see it or is it just me?


I kept the backing simple with this really cool print from Timeless Treasures. The color is perfect and the print gives the quilt an extra cool factor.


The quilting is a loopy meander. That seems to be my go to design lately, but because the blocks are all sharp angles I wanted to give the quilt some movement with the quilting.  This is the first top I quilted on my new machine and I loved it.  I had all the meandering quilted in 2 hours. The borders took another 1-1/2 hours, but I was using the ruler and it took some getting used to.  So, total quilting time – 3-1/2 hours. That’s a record for me!


At first I wasn’t too excited about the quilting in the border. I just couldn’t figure out what to do. So I took a break, walked to the mailbox and there were the quilting rulers I had ordered. So I thought it would be good practice and used one of the rulers to quilt the arc shape. But it looked so plain so I added some loops in the center of each arc.

I think it’s a cool design, I’m just not sure it fits the style of this quilt. But it’s done now and it’s growing on me. And let’s face it – I’m NOT picking it all out! UPDATE: After I washed and dried the quilt, the quilting looks scrumptious! So yes, I now like it. 🙂

I love to make scrappy bindings and considered making one for this quilt, but instead I found a red print that matches and frames it so well. Paired up with the green background it makes my quilt look even more like Christmas.  Geesh! Good thing the holidays are coming up!

I love this fall picture so just had to share another shot:

Churn Dash quilt

Quilt Stats:

Finished Size (After Washing): 56″W x 66.5″H  It really shrunk – pre-wash size was about 60″x70″

Pattern: Churn Dash blocks

Fabric: Etchings by 3 Sisters for top, Timeless Treasures (no name on selvage) for backing and binding

Batting: Pellon’s Nature’s Touch 100% Cotton

Thread: Superior Thread’s So Fine! 50w #401

Linking up with TGIFF hosted by Simply Pieced and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.