Block-Buster Quilts - I Love Churn Dashes - 15 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block

by Karen M. Burns
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Introducing the classic Churn Dash block--like you've never seen it before! Whether you love scrappy, traditional, or modern blocks, you'll find a colorful Churn Dash that's perfect for your next quilt project.

  • Featuring basic to intricate Churn Dash designs, in quilts ranging from lap sized to bed sized
  • Put your own spin on tradition with fresh Churn Dash patterns created by today's top quilt designers
  • Showcase your favorite fabric in quilts tailor-made for solids, brights, florals, and more


by Karen M. Burns
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
Full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
December 6th, 2016
The book starts with a one-page introduction, followed by a four-page Churn Dash basic techniques. Next, the book shows you five ways to lay out the blocks that create a Churn Dash, making each block look different.

The book has 15 patterns. Each has a blurb, material and cutting lists and you might just find a special note set off in a two-sided box. There are plenty of graphics to help you visualize what you are creating. If templates are needed, they are provided at full size. A quilting design to finish the project is left up to you. The end of the book has a page of bios of all the authors that provided patterns.

What I didn’t see among all the patterns was one with two of the blocks from page 9 – a block with a cross in the center and a block with an asymmetrical design. That is not a problem for me but I’m going to bet there are some quilters out there that would like to see a pattern using these two blocks.
So much more than a simple block. Karen Burns has compiled innovative patterns from 15 top designers to showcase the churn dash block. Their patterns provide a wide variety of styles and techniques with hard and soft edges, secondary patterns, the use of positive and negative space, block scale and fabric. The detailed instructions are clear and concise with insights from the individual designers. Always appreciate learning new shortcuts and tips! Martingale continues to deliver the highest quality and value for both new and experienced quilters.
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Review from British Patchwork & Quilting, July 2017

An interesting collection of fifteen quilts, runners and wall hangings, all based on the Churn Dash block. The introduction demonstrates the traditional block and a quick way to produce 8 Half Square triangles. Several quilts combine Churn Dash blocks of varying sizes separated on a light background. Another quilt has two colours but alternates the blocks by reversing the colours. One Churn Dash has wavy edges appliqued on with fusible web, another is only one large block, 36" square. Sashing and applique can also alter the overall design. The techniques are explained well in words and diagrams.

Karen M. Burns

An accomplished long-arm quilter, Karen M. Burns is a former member of Martingale's industry-leading acquisitions team. This group of crafting experts specializes in curating the highest-quality patterns by top designers in quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, and other crafts. Since its founding in 1976, Martingale has become synonymous with outstanding craft books, with more than 24 million books sold worldwide.

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