I really have to come up with a better name for this quilt!  🙂

I finally finished up all the blocks for the churn dash quilt and the top is complete.  I am SO much happier with version two than I was with the first one.

Churn Dash Quilt Top Etchings Moda

It’s really just pure stubbornness that caused this top to be made in the first place.  I love the look of a churn dash block and knew I wanted to have a quilt with it.  My first attempt {read about it here and here} was a flop.  Those blocks are now in a bin in my closet; maybe one day I’ll get them out and do something with them.

For my second attempt, I decided to use a fat quarter bundle of the Etchings line by 3 Sisters for Moda.  I love those fabrics, and since the pieces are in a ‘collection’ I knew I shouldn’t have any issue with fabrics working well together.  I’ve had this bundle since April; I bought it on sale while on a shopping trip with my sister.

Etchings Bundle by 3 Sisters

Imagine my surprise and dismay when I broke into that bundle to iron those fat quarters and they were fat eighths! Duh!!!! Nowhere on the the tag or label or price tag was it identified as a fat eighth bundle.  Of course, it wasn’t identified as a fat quarter bundle either – I just assumed.  See where that got me? Hmmm……

The price of the bundle should have tipped me off, but being a newbie quilter and fabric nut, I didn’t know any better.

Anyway, I could still make the churn dash blocks, but there was absolutely no room for any cutting errors.  I like to cut my pieces a bit bigger and trim them down but I wasn’t able to do that with this bundle.  Adding to my angst was the fact that not all the pieces were truly 9″ wide.  It’s like they were cut on a curve, so many of the pieces narrowed to 8-3/4″ and 8-1/2″.  I needed all nine inches! I tried to make up for the shortage by adjusting my seam allowance.  It’s not even a scant 1/4″ seam; in some places I think it’s a fat 1/8″ seam.  Geesh!

Even with all of this going on, the quilt top came together beautifully.  The blocks line up, and I was able to keep most of the points on the HST’s.  To me, there’s nothing more frustrating than having those points chopped off.  I know it doesn’t mean anything in the big scheme of life, but I really, really like to keep the points. 🙂

Churn Dash HST Blocks

I haven’t done the backing yet.  I have a few pieces of the bundle left that I can use, and I found a really cool green print I’ll use for the rest of it.  I would love to be able to quilt it using a stretched zig-zag stitch, but I’ll need to practice it a lot first.

Churn Dash Top with Border

So, I pushed through and am pleased with the look of my second churn dash quilt so far.  This has definitely been one of those projects that you fall in and out of love with multiple times during construction. The good news is that right now I’m back in love and so happy I’ll finally have my churn dash quilt!

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday.  Be sure to check out all the other great projects!