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Thread: Closed for sign ups -Churn Dash is churning out Spring!

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    Closed for sign ups -Churn Dash is churning out Spring!

    The link below is for the Churn Dash block swap. There is a picture tutorial with this. I have posted a pic of my finished 'simple' block. Guidelines are as follows: 100% cotton pre-washed fabric. 12 blocks the same. There are 4 fabrics used in this block. Center piece is your focus fabric - should be of a 'spring' theme. Flowers, butterflies, flower or tree buds, ladybugs, ANYTHING that speak SPRING to you. The frame is two different complimentary colors, the corner blocks , one of the complimentary colors and one accent color. You may add applique', or stitching or whatever you wish. No beads or crystals please. Since these blocks will be used by other quilters, please make sure your blocks are 12.5 x 12.5 UNFINISHED. Oh - that dreaded SCANT 1/4 INCH DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. You may make as many sets of 12 as you wish. Sign up till Feb 20th, blocks due to me BY March 31. There is plenty of time to sign up and make these blocks. When ready for mailing, please pm me, I will send you my addy. You will need to send in a mailing label, and a $4.95 STAMP, NOT A METERED STAMP. I will return your blocks in a Flat Rate Padded envelope. I can get three sets in one envelope (I am a really good packer!) If you wish to join, please pm me, I will post your joining on the thread. Welcome back to those of you who have swapped with me before! For those of you who need to know the amounts of fabric required for 12 blocks, looking at MY sample, (for better clarification) Center focus fabric (floral) - 3/4 yard is sufficient, you may want to get 1 yard if you are skittish. Fabric #1 (light green) 3/4 yard - may get 1 yard again if you are skittish. Fabric #2 (red accent) 1/2 yard will be plenty. Fabric #3 (pink) 1/2 yard is plenty. All of these amounts are based on 40 inch wide fabric (it does shrink). If there are any problems, PLEASE pm me. Happy new quilting year to all of us!


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    WooHoo!!!!
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    A beautiful block!!
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    I am here !!! I am here !!!
    Love this block -

    And WOO HOO Congrats Deb on getting the pic posted Sign me up for 1 set at the moment I will of course still PM you
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    Deb thinks I am joking about having the fabric for this block- I have wanted to do it for a couple years now Thanks for picking it
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    Sharon, perfect, perfect, perfect!!!!! I LOVE it! Yes, use this and if the blocks are not identical, it doesn't matter. The theme of your focus is birds, surely speaks of spring to me.
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    I might sign up.... I need to find some spring fabric first.

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    Bookworm - there is plenty of ways to interpret spring

    I just happen to have had this fabric for just this block for a couple years Like Deb said- birds , flowers, butterflies, "cute" bugs LOL - sorry no creepy bugs for me PLEASE
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    CORRECTION -I recalculated the amounts, as I got looking, I realized that I was using a very conservative chart for the fabric amounts. Please plan on the corrected amounts for 12 blocks. The indicated amounts are sufficient, the amounts in ( ) are generous if you are prone to (as I am guilty of) misreading the lines and cut wrong. The focus fabric C - 3/4 ok, (1 yard). Color #1 - light green 1 yd (1-1/4yd). Color #2 - red 1/4yd for the corners only, 1/2 yd if you are adding a 4" applique' as I did. Color #3 - pink 2/3 yd (3/4yd). I apologize, it was as I was making the blocks that I realized the skimpy amounts.
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    Sharon, you and Deb sure make it tempting to join. I loved the Dresden swaps and Deb's coordination of them. Sigh some people are so well prepared. I need to see what I can do.


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    Deb thinks I am joking about having the fabric for this block- I have wanted to do it for a couple years now Thanks for picking it
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    This sounds like an easy enough block for me to do. I am in for this swap. I know I have spring time fabrics in my very large stash. I will PM you with my other info.
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    Anna- LOL No really I have had this fabric for a couple years for this block ( well not this specific one) I saw another member do it with a focus fabric and it was so neat , but then you know how it goes .... never find time to get it done ... I love the extra stitching Deb did on the side of the block to fancy up the focus border fabric

    Deb did you put a stabilzer behind the border before adding the stitching ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    Sharon, you and Deb sure make it tempting to join. I loved the Dresden swaps and Deb's coordination of them. Sigh some people are so well prepared. I need to see what I can do.
    Aww, Anna, we had a nice Dresden swap despite the threads that kept coming unraveled. Lots of time to make these blocks, and they are so much easier than the Dresdens. ANYTHING that says spring to you - birdhouses, crickets, flowers, honey bees......can jazz up the frame as I did, applique', WHATEVER!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    Anna- LOL No really I have had this fabric for a couple years for this block ( well not this specific one) I saw another member do it with a focus fabric and it was so neat , but then you know how it goes .... never find time to get it done ... I love the extra stitching Deb did on the side of the block to fancy up the focus border fabric

    Deb did you put a stabilzer behind the border before adding the stitching ?
    Believe it or not ( you SHOULD trust me) no stabilizer. Just the fancy stitch on the Janome. And none on the butterfly either. Just slow and steady did the trick.
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    Will have to see what stitches I might come up with that will match the birds and make it fancy like yours
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    A quick question to see if I understand this. We send in 12 identical blocks per set and receive 12 mixed blocks back or identical?
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    Sew1096- you send in 12 identical blocks and get one of yours and 11 different blocks back, one from 11 different members that sign up - does that make sense ?
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    Do they all need to be identical or can just the focal fabric be the same?

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    I'm in. It's so much fun learn new blocks and maybe new techniques. Oh, but this one makes me wish I had an embroidery machine. Deep West of Ireland sigh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori Peercy View Post
    Do they all need to be identical or can just the focal fabric be the same?
    All 12 blocks need to be identical.
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    Welcome back Kris and Sharon, and Dori and Sherri!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    Sew1096- you send in 12 identical blocks and get one of yours and 11 different blocks back, one from 11 different members that sign up - does that make sense ?
    Perfect sense. Thanks Sharon. I think I'll have to look through my fabric and see if I have something spring(y).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sew1096 View Post
    Perfect sense. Thanks Sharon. I think I'll have to look through my fabric and see if I have something spring(y).
    Shari, you can take a brightly colored piece of fabric and do some spring theme applique' (flowers, butterflies, (nice) bugs, birdhouses.....whatever....on it if that works better for you.
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    Have my fabric washing as I type - can't wait to make my first block
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    Ok. For everyone to know I to have joined this swap. PM'd Deb. Looking forward to this one.

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