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    I'm a newbie (only been quilting since last year). I want to make a quilt using a Churn Dash Pattern. My question is can all blocks be the same or should all blocks be different colors. I'll be putting sashing between each block.

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    You can do them all the same color, or you can do them different. It is just personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    I'm a newbie (only been quilting since last year). I want to make a quilt using a Churn Dash Pattern. My question is can all blocks be the same or should all blocks be different colors. I'll be putting sashing between each block.
    This is personal prefernce only! no right or wrong way to do it!
    what colors or fabrics do you have now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    I'm a newbie (only been quilting since last year). I want to make a quilt using a Churn Dash Pattern. My question is can all blocks be the same or should all blocks be different colors. I'll be putting sashing between each block.
    It can be whatever you want.

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    Welcome from NW Wisconsin!

    It's your quilt -- you can decide! Using just a few colors makes things easier and is restful for the eyes, but very scrappy quilts with many, many fabrics are also great -- they look warm and welcoming.

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    I think that is totally personal choice. All different colors uses up lots of scraps. I've seen both ways and they are equally beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    I think that is totally personal choice. All different colors uses up lots of scraps. I've seen both ways and they are equally beautiful.
    Same here!

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    Check out the churn dash blocks on this post. 5th picture down. They are super scrappy and the quilt is going to be stunning, I can tell. [http://quiltwalktalk.blogspot.com/20...and-sneak.html]

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    There really is no wrong way. But I do agree with Leslie. Every fabric you use requires another decision at the shop, and more decisions while sewing about what goes with what in each block. And finally, more decisions as you set the blocks together about what goes next to what. So the fewer fabrics, the easier it becomes.

    I started quilting by making a crazy quilt, and it took me 2 years to finish it. So many fabrics, so many decisions!

    Next I made a log cabin, then a few 9patch quilts and 4patch quilts. I used very limited palettes for those, some plaids, some calicoes, and a muslin or white background. And wow, they were lots easier than that first one.

    My advice would be to look at some churn dash quilts and decide what you like best. There are some quilts made in this pattern on the Churn Dash page of Quilters Cache:
    http://www.quilterscache.com/C/Churn...ock_Page2.html
    Some are scrappy and some are controlled with just a few fabrics. See which ones you like best. If you trully love the scrappy look, go for it.



    Good luck with it. I hope you have fun and love doing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom
    I'm a newbie (only been quilting since last year). I want to make a quilt using a Churn Dash Pattern. My question is can all blocks be the same or should all blocks be different colors. I'll be putting sashing between each block.
    This is personal prefernce only! no right or wrong way to do it!
    what colors or fabrics do you have now?
    I don't have any fabrics now. I'm leaning toward the blocks being alike. Thanks for your help

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    Well, then, how big is it going to be...?!

    where are you getting your pattern from?

    The one from Quilters Cache makes a 12" block

    http://www.quilterscache.com/C/ChurnDashBlock.html

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    I am not sure where the one I made is, but it was scrappy and on point(The background fabric was the same in all of the blocks). I was only able to do it because I did it in a group and so I didn't have to buy all of the individual fabrics. We used the wondercut ruler so it went together really fast. Someday I want to make another one in purples that are the same in all of the blocks, and with sashings.

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    stitchingjoy-that was the perfect site to find a churn dash. thanks!
    cherri

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    Well, then, how big is it going to be...?!

    where are you getting your pattern from?

    The one from Quilters Cache makes a 12" block

    http://www.quilterscache.com/C/ChurnDashBlock.html
    It's a 12" block but the pattern is actually called "Shoo Fly" and I got it from thequiltercommunity.com. It's going to be a twin size.

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    be sure to post pictures when your done!

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