Combine three beloved quilt blocks—Churn Dash, Courthouse Steps, and Irish Chain—in a seasonal quilt. Fabrics are from the Smoke & Rust collection by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.

May 25, 2021
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Fall Favorites Quilt
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INSPIRED BY: Cut the Scrap from designer Wendy Sheppard

QUILT TESTER: Colleen Tauke

FINISHED QUILT: 35-1/2" square

FINISHED BLOCK: 16" square

Materials

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 10" square each white print, cream print, and light brown print (blocks)
  • 3/8 yard dark brown print (blocks, sashing)
  • 1/3 yard gray print (sashing, borders)
  • 3/8 yard solid black (binding)
  • 1-1/8 yards total assorted prints in brown, gray, orange, and white (blocks)
  • 1-1/4 yards backing fabric
  • 42" square batting

Cut Fabrics 

Cut pieces in the following order. 

If you prefer to make triangle-squares larger than necessary and trim them to size, cut 2" squares instead of the 1-7⁄8" squares specified here.

From white print, cut:

  • 4—1-7/8" squares
  • 12—1×2-1/2" rectangles
  • 4—1×1-1/2" rectangles

From cream print, cut:

  • 4—1-7/8" squares
  • 2—1-1/2" squares
  • 8—1×2-1/2" rectangles

From dark brown print, cut:

  • 4—1-7/8" squares
  • 99—1-1/2" squares
  • 8—1×2-1/2" rectangles

From light brown print, cut:

  • 4—1-7/8" squares
  • 12—1×2-1/2" rectangles
  • 4—1×1-1/2" rectangles

From gray print, cut:

  • 2—1-1/2×35-1/2" border strips
  • 2—1-1/2×33-1/2" border strips
  • 4—1-1/2×16-1/2" sashing rectangles

From solid black, cut:

  • 4—2-1/2×42" binding strips

Assemble Churn Dash Units

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric. 

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each white print and cream print 1-7/8" square.

2. From white print gather two 1-7/8" squares, six 1×2-1/2" rectangles, and two 1×1-1/2" rectangles. From dark brown print gather two 1-7/8" squares, four 1×2-1/2" rectangles, and one 1-1/2" square.

3. Layer a marked white print square atop a dark brown print 1-7/8" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of marked line (Diagram 1). Cut apart on marked line. Press open to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 1-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four triangle-squares total.

Fall Favorites Quilt

4. Referring to Diagram 2, sew together a white print 1×2-1/2" rectangle and dark brown print 1×2-1/2" rectangle to make a side unit. The unit should be 1-1/2×2-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make four side units total.

Fall Favorites Quilt

5. Referring to Diagram 3, sew white print 1×1-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of dark brown print 1-1/2" square. Join white print 1×2-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges to make a center unit. The unit should be 2-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Fall Favorites Quilt

6. Referring to Diagram 4, lay out triangle-squares, side units, and center unit in three rows. Sew together pieces in rows. Join rows to make a light Churn Dash unit. The unit should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Fall Favorites Quilt

7. Repeat steps 2–6 to make a second light Churn Dash unit.

8. From cream print gather two 1-7/8" squares, four cream print 1×2-1/2" rectangles, and one 1-1/2" square. From light brown print gather two 1-7/8" squares, six 1×2-1/2" rectangles, and two 1×1-1/2" rectangles. Referring to Diagram 5, repeat steps 3–6 to make two dark Churn Dash units total.

Fall Favorites Quilt

Assemble Blocks

1. Referring to Fabric Placement Diagram, select six assorted brown, gray, orange, and white prints in varying values; number them 1–6.

Fall Favorites Quilt

2. From Step 1 prints, cut:

  • 8—1-1/2×4-1/2" rectangles (print 1)
  • 8—1-1/2×6-1/2" rectangles (print 2)
  • 8—1-1/2×8-1/2" rectangles (print 3)
  • 8—1-1/2×10-1/2" rectangles (print 4)
  • 8—1-1/2×12-1/2" rectangles (print 5)
  • 8—1-1/2×14-1/2" rectangles (print 6)

3. Referring to Diagram 6, sew print 1 rectangles to opposite edges of a light Churn Dash unit. 

Fall Favorites Quilt

4. Referring to Diagram 7, sew dark brown print 1-1/2" squares to ends of two print 1 rectangles to make pieced rows. Join pieced rows to top and bottom edges of Churn Dash unit. The unit now should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Fall Favorites Quilt

5. Referring to Diagram 8, repeat steps 3 and 4 using print 2–6 rectangles in numerical order to make a light block. The block should be 16-1/2" square including seam allowances.

Fall Favorites Quilt

6. Repeat steps 3–5 to make a second light block.

7. Repeat steps 1–5 using dark Churn Dash blocks to make two dark blocks.

Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out blocks, gray print 1-1/2×16-1/2" sashing rectangles, and dark brown print 1-1/2" sashing square in three rows. Sew together pieces in rows. Press seams toward sashing rectangles. 

Fall Favorites Quilt

2. Join rows to complete quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 33-1/2" square including seam allowances.

3. Sew gray print 1-1/2×33-1/2" border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add gray print 1-1/2×35-1/2" border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top.

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with solid black binding strips.