Sometimes a quilt top appeals to me and I just have to bring it home. This happened with this vintage Churn Dash quilt when I saw it at an antique store in Oaktown, IN in 2010. Even better, it fit my budget at $30.
The blocks are 8″ square and are made of cheerful 30’s and 40’s prints. A solid orange sashing is between the blocks. Here is an easy pattern to make your own.
I kept it where it could be seen for several months while I decided about adding an outside border. I was not concerned about the certain size. However, I personally like an outside border to frame the quilt.
After several months, I decided to leave the quilt top “as is” and have it machine quilted. RLM did a great job on it in January 2011. The machine quilting is a close loopy design. It looks really good over the entire top.
The batting is a poly/cotton blend batting. For the backing a cotton multicolored printed sheet on light background was used.
The finished size is 64″ x 76″.
This vintage churn dash quilt makes me happy every time I look at it. The fabrics and cheery colors remind me of something my beloved Grandma would have made from feed sacks.
Reminder to all quilters:
Please don’t feel like you have to make every quilt you have. It can be fun to purchase completed blocks, a completed top, or a finished quilt. The important thing is to surround yourself with quilts you like because they make you happy.
Purchasing parts of a quilt, or an entire top can also save some much-needed time. Quilting should make you happy, not stressed.