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Modern Churn Dash {Sugar Block Club 2016}


Last year, for the first time in ages, I didn’t finish a full size quilt. Life got too busy, the studio got too messy, and my creativity was more interested in playing with smaller projects, trying out new techniques and patterns. And so my one quilt under construction spills out of a box on the back of my desk, a little cascade of blue, orange and yellow pennants tumbling down to remind me to pick them up again some time.

And I will, I promise I will. But for this year I also really fancied doing some sort of quilt along, both for the fun of the community and for the added impetus to finish a big project. Enter stage left the Sugar Block Club.Space for the Butterflies - Modern Churn Dash

Run by Stitchery Dickory Dock, the Sugar Block Club is a year long, free, Block of the Month club based on giving a modern twist to traditional blocks. It’s perfect. My quilting aesthetic is down the modern end of the spectrum, and one block a month is very achievable. That’s one evening cutting out and marking up and one evening sewing. In fact, it’s so achievable, that I’ve decided to do two.

Because the problem with block of the month quits is that, even with sashing, I don’t find they make terribly big quilts. And as both adults in this house top 6 foot and the children will almost certainly follow, we like quilts big enough to really curl up in. If you’re snuggled up on the sofa you want to have your feet tucked in and still be able to pull it up under your chin don’t you. My most used quilts are the ones that feel the most luxuriously huge!

And so I have a plan; two blocks each month will give me 24 in total at the end of December, which can either make one big quilt for the year, or, if I think it would look sweeter that way, two matching but not matching quilts for the girls to spread over their beds.

As for the fabric, I spend a very happy evening emptying out my bags of scraps onto the lounge floor and sorting them into colour piles. I’ve got some more bits and bobs to add from my fat quarter stash but the plan is very much that all the blocks will come entirely from the stash. According to my scraps I make mostly blue and quilts and I’m not breaking too far out of that mould; I’m pulling blues, yellows and greens to make a very Spring feeling sort of quilt and the white background will be a mixture of all the white scraps in my stash. Β It’s mostly KonaΒ (Snow maybe?) but there’s a fair amount of “whatever the quilt shop had” white as well as some pretty white on white prints that were leftover from some of my earliest quilting attempts.

Space for the Butterflies - Modern Churn Dash

And so we come to these first two lovely blocks, based on a Churn Dash block, which is something I’ve never made before either.

I love the flying geese almost as much as the method of construction (which is completely ingenious and I need to use again next time I need flying geese) and it makes for a very pretty block.

Space for the Butterflies - Modern Churn Dash

I’m very proud of this particular corner which is all terribly nice and matching – some of the others show a little too well that my sewing machine and I need to become better acquainted again.

Space for the Butterflies - Modern Churn Dash

Looking at the the two of them together I wonder whether I ought to unpick the blue and yellow block to add in some green at the corners, it’s really pretty by itself but looks less balanced next to the other one, but as these are only two out of 24 and I really don’t like unpicking that much, and I don’t actually have that much of the right sort of green in my stack of fabric (I need to do a little more stash diving to see what I can come up with in the fat quarters) I’m going to leave it for now and then if I want to make a different block in December, well that’s scarcely going to be a hardship is it.

So there we have it, the start of my first quilting resolution for 2016, and I can’t wait for next month a new block to play with.

Joining Crazy Mon Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On


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  • sustainablemum 14/01/2016 at 9:02 am

    Two quilt blocks a month that’s sounds achievable. I am surn the two blocks you have made will match perfectly with all the rest once they are made!

    • Carie 14/01/2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you, I think they probably will – and it’s never going to be a bad thing to make more quilt blocks is it!

  • Mandycharlie 14/01/2016 at 9:52 am

    Ooooooh, this looks so good – what is this I see before me, a rabbit hole! Mandycharlie carefully steps around the rabbit hole and pauses, thinking.

    • Carie 14/01/2016 at 9:31 pm

      And 1,2,3 …jump!

  • Kim 14/01/2016 at 12:06 pm

    Love the blocks Carie, and what a wonderful goal for the year ahead. Doable for sure, without too much pressure. Enjoy!

    • Carie 14/01/2016 at 9:30 pm

      That’s the plan – and I really want to make sure I make it to the end of the year πŸ™‚

  • Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain 14/01/2016 at 4:38 pm

    Oh, I’ve always wanted to learn to quilt. I always pictured having this thick, comfy, colorful quilt on my bed…But I can’t sew! My sewing machine went unused for 15 years before I gave it to a friend in our church who is homebound with illness and wanted to relax by sewing. I could not figure that thing out! I’ll have to continue making blankets with CROCHET! LOL

    • Carie 14/01/2016 at 9:29 pm

      Oh blankets with crochet are pretty awesome too – it’s all about the snugglyness isn’t it!

    • Denise 12/02/2016 at 5:45 pm

      There are some really cook crochet afgans that are scrappy and look like patchwork quilts too that I love but I dont crochet. Go for these I’m sure you would love these too.

      • Carie 12/02/2016 at 9:15 pm

        That does sound like fun – I’ll have to add it to the very long project list!

  • Vera 14/01/2016 at 9:15 pm

    These are really pretty! Have fun with the others!

    • Carie 14/01/2016 at 9:29 pm

      thank you, I will πŸ™‚

  • Miss Alissa 15/01/2016 at 3:52 pm

    Super cute blocks! I’m hoping to jump in on Amy’s BOM too! Just looked at the churnstile pattern again today πŸ™‚

    • Carie 15/01/2016 at 9:58 pm

      Isn’t the churnstile pretty! I love these blocks, there’s part of me tempted to just keep going with them but I’m going to sit on my fingers until February!

  • Bernie 15/01/2016 at 4:10 pm

    Carie, I think your points look great. Very clean and precise. Smart thinking to make two of each block.

    • Carie 15/01/2016 at 9:58 pm

      Aww thank you very much πŸ™‚

  • Marti 15/01/2016 at 6:26 pm

    I was thinking of doing the SBC Block of the month also, and after seeing yours, I’m in! I wouldn’t change a thing on your blocks. I love the colors and designs you chose.

    • Carie 15/01/2016 at 9:59 pm

      Yay go for it! And thank you, they make me smile on a grey day!

  • Szkornelia 15/01/2016 at 7:02 pm

    Very nice soft colors, it is going to be a very elegant quilt.

    • Carie 15/01/2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you, I hope so!

  • Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter 16/01/2016 at 4:00 am

    Such a doable project, and so fun too! Making two of every block is a good goal, and it will get you want you need…a quilt big enough for you to enjoy. I love modern quilts, so I might check out the link you provided. Thanks!

    • Carie 17/01/2016 at 8:58 pm

      Do – the more the merrier πŸ™‚

  • Frances Meredith 16/01/2016 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for the tip on the quilt along, I might just come along too.

    • Carie 17/01/2016 at 8:59 pm

      Yay – that would be awesome πŸ™‚

  • Judy 16/01/2016 at 2:53 pm

    Your blocks look fantastic! Those points!! Two blocks a month, totally doable πŸ™‚ It will be fun seeing your quilt come together!

    • Carie 17/01/2016 at 9:00 pm

      It was just those points though! Still, practice makes perfect and I’m going to be nailing them by the end of the year πŸ™‚

  • Laura 16/01/2016 at 4:43 pm

    I just saw the sugar block club the other day and have been considering it — your blocks may push me over the edge. Love them both, especially the blue and yellow block.

    • Carie 17/01/2016 at 9:06 pm

      Consider me giving you a hefty shove – I think it’s going to be so much fun; I’m terribly tempted by the Churnstile pattern but I need to finish up a quilt in progress first!

  • Evelyn 19/01/2016 at 7:05 pm

    They look gorgeous, you’re so clever. Quilting is something I’d love to learn one day. The geometric shapes combined with beautiful fabrics just seems so inspiring. I’m still getting to grips with my Mum’s old sewing machine though so will be a long time before I’m able to attempt something as beautiful as yours. Looking forward to seeing more of your blocks over the year

  • Sally 20/01/2016 at 8:24 pm

    Please don’t unpick the blue/yellow one, I really love it just like that! Great goal, and your corners all look amazing to me.

  • Mandycharlie 09/02/2016 at 1:16 am

    Just finished the first block! All those points! It was going okay until I joined up the three strips, and then it just got messy. I’m keeping it though, it will have to do. If you haven’t done the second block yet there are some comments about a strip being a tiny bit too short which might prove useful.