Give the trad Churn Dash block a mod­ern makeover with our scrap-happy cush­ion pair by So­nia Spence.

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Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted. RST = right sides to­gether. WOF = width of fab­ric.


Fea­ture fab­rics used are Lucky Strikes by Kim Kight for Cot­ton+Steel with RJR Cot­ton Supreme Solids.

CUT­TING OUT 1 From Fab­ric A (for the large churn dash block) cut:

One (1) 1½in square. One (1) 3½in square. One (1) 2in x 7in piece. Two (2) 1½in x 6½in pieces. One (1) 2½in x 15in piece (for cush­ion edge bind­ing).

2 From Fab­ric B, C and D (for the medium churn dash blocks) cut:

One (1) 1½in x 11in piece. One (1) 4¼in square. Choose one print and cut one (1) 1½in x 20½in piece (for cush­ion back bind­ing).

3 From Fab­ric E and F (for the small churn dash blocks) cut:

One (1) 1¼in x 9in piece. One (1) 3½in square.

4 For the large churn dash blocks, cut one (1) 3½in x WOF strip from the back­ground and sub­cut into:

Two (2) 3½in squares. One (1) 2in x 7in piece. Two (2) 1½in squares.

5 For the medium churn dash blocks, cut one (1) 6½in x WOF strip from back­ground fab­ric and sub­cut into:

Three (3) 1½in x 11in pieces. Three (3) 4¼in square. Three (3) 2½in square.

6 For the small churn dash blocks, cut one (1) 3½in x WOF strip from back­ground fab­ric and sub­cut into:

Two (2) 1¼in x 9in. Two (2) 3½in square. Two (2) 2in square.

7 For the cush­ion back­ground, cut one (1) 3in x WOF strip and one (1) 6½in x WOF strip from back­ground fab­ric and sub­cut as fol­lows:

From the 3in strip sub­cut

One (1) 2in x 7½in piece. One (1) 3in x 9in piece. One (1) 2in x 6½in piece. One (1) 3in x 7in piece. One (1) 1½in x 12in piece. One (1) 1½in x 2in piece.

From the 6 in strip sub­cut

One (1) 5in x 1½in piece. One (1) 6in x 6½in piece. One (1) 5in x 6½in piece. One (1) 5in x 8in piece. One (1) 2in x 5in piece. One (1) 4½in x 6½in piece. One (1) 1 x 6½in piece.

8 For the cush­ion back­ing cut two (2) 13½in x 20½in pieces. 9 From bind­ing fab­ric cut two (2) 2½in x WOF strips.

LARGE CHURN BLOCKS 10 Place the fea­ture and back­ground fab­ric 2in x 7in rect­an­gles RST and sew along one long edge. Press the seam to­wards fea­ture fab­ric. Sub­cut into two (2) 3½in squares (Fig 1). 11 Place the fea­ture and back­ground fab­ric 3½in squares RST. Draw a line di­ag­o­nally on the re­verse of the fab­ric. Sew along this line. Trim, leav­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance. Press open (Fig 2). 12 Place a 1½in back­ground square at one end of a 1½in x 6½in fea­ture fab­ric strip RST. Draw a di­ag­o­nal line on the re­verse of the back­ground square. Trim, leav­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance. Press open.

Re­peat once more, en­sur­ing that the di­ag­o­nal line runs in the op­po­site di­rec­tion (Fig 3).


Assem­ble the block, sewing your as­sem­bled 3½in squares plus one back­ground 3½in square in a four patch. Add the strips with back­ground cor­ners plus a fea­ture fab­ric 1½in square along the sides (Fig 4).



The small and medium churn dash blocks are made as fol­lows. You will need a to­tal of three (3) medium blocks and two (2) small blocks. For each block, use one match­ing set of fea­ture fab­rics.


Pair each fea­ture fab­ric square with a back­ground fab­ric square of the same size, RST. Sew around all four edges us­ing a scant ¼in seam al­lowance. Cut di­ag­o­nally in both di­rec­tions (Fig 5). Press each HST open. Trim the small HSTs to 2in square and the medium HSTs to 2½in square.


Pair each fea­ture fab­ric strip with a back­ground fab­ric strip of the same size, RST and sew along one long edge. Press open and sub­cut into four (4) squares (Fig 6). For the small blocks you will need 2in squares and for the medium blocks you will need 2½in squares.


Sew your HST and stripe squares to­gether with one back­ground square in the cen­tre row (2in square for the small blocks and 2½in square for the medium blocks). Piece the block to­gether as shown in Fig 7 – sew the squares to­gether in three rows of three, then sew the three rows to­gether to com­plete.



The cush­ion top is pieced in four sec­tions, then joined us­ing par­tial seams to fin­ish.


Join the back­ground strips to one medium block as shown in Fig 8. Ar­range the 1½in x 2in back­ground piece RST at the bot­tom cor­ner. Sew along the 2in edge, from the bot­tom, stop­ping ¼in from the top of the small strip. Back­stitch to se­cure.


Sew to­gether the re­main­ing three sec­tions as shown in Figs 9–11.


Join the first two sec­tions as shown (Fig 12). Then join the third sec­tion to the right side (Fig 13).


Add the fi­nal sec­tion, lin­ing up the bot­tom edge of this sec­tion with top edge of the one you just added. Sew to­gether from the outer edge to ¼in from the end of the fi­nal sec­tion, back­stitch­ing to se­cure (Fig 14).


Fold the piece to line up the fi­nal seam be­tween the first and last sec­tion. Stitch from the top edge down, stop­ping ¼in down from the cen­tre 1½in x 2in back­ground piece and back­stitch to se­cure (Fig 15). Now all the seams should be com­plete. Un­fold and press (Fig 16).



Layer the cush­ion top with your bat­ting and quilt as de­sired. This cush­ion was lightly quilted with some hand stitch­ing.


Press the cush­ion back bind­ing in half length­wise, RST. Use to bind the long edge of one (1) 13½in x 20½in rec­tan­gle, RST. On the se­cond rec­tan­gle, press un­der ½in along a long edge twice and top­stitch in place for a dou­ble folded hem.


Lay the cush­ion top right side down. Lay the dou­ble folded hem piece on top, match­ing raw edges at the bot­tom of the cush­ion, then lay the re­main­ing back­ing piece on top match­ing the raw edges at the top of the cush­ion. Both the back­ing pieces should be right side up. Pin in place, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the sides where the back pieces over­lap. Baste around the edges to hold in place.



Take one of the bind­ing strips and cut it in half length­wise. At­tach th­ese half strips to the ends of the Fab­ric A edge bind­ing strip. Use di­ag­o­nal seams in op­po­site di­rec­tions, leav­ing 12½in along the top edge of the Fab­ric A strip (Fig 17). Add the re­main­ing bind­ing strip to one end, then press in half length­wise, wrong sides to­gether.


On the cush­ion top, mea­sure and mark ¼in from the churn dash edge on the back­ground fab­ric on each side of the cush­ion.


Line up your bind­ing, match­ing the edges of the Fab­ric A sec­tion with your marks. Make sure the longer edge of Fab­ric A is against the cush­ion top. Pin in place and fold along the seam line to check ev­ery­thing is lined up cor­rectly. At­tach your bind­ing as nor­mal, be­gin­ning your sewing a few inches be­fore the Fab­ric A sec­tion. Once fin­ished, make a se­cond cush­ion fea­tur­ing one gi­ant churn, fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions op­po­site.

Co%O&' Sp%A"( Add colour to a plain sofa with th­ese eclec­tic cush­ions, plus use up all your left­over scraps!

We love a fab­ric mash-up.

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