My friend Meredith has a quilt shop in Centralia, Missouri….and, she designs patterns. And, she has two kiddos. And, she teaches piano lessons. She’s a busy lady!
Starting today, I am featuring one of her patterns for sale in my store.
Because, I always get nervous when I buy a pattern. I don’t want to commit to a project with tough, complicated directions.
I want to buy a pattern that someone said, “Oh, I made that….you can do that one!”
From one quilter to another, it is so do-able!
I finished this lap-sized quilt top last winter (during a blizzard). I haven’t gotten around to machine quilting it yet (waiting for another blizzard), but I am happy with the finished top.
I love the old-with-the-new concept in this design. Churn dashes are very traditional block but, when paired with the modern, clean lines from the rectangles, the whole design is very fresh. This was my first experience making church dashes, it was fun to learn the simple piecing technique.
While the rectangles in this quilt may look overwhelming, it is actually quite simple. The way Meredith designed the pattern, each color (6 fabrics for the lap, 8 fabrics for the queen) is given a letter. The strips are cut WOF. Then, they are cut into a range of lengths. After cutting, you just follow the diagram. It is quite simple!
Two Tips for Dashing
- I suggest that after you cut the rectangles for this quilt, you start & finish it in one location. I moved a few times: from college, a visit to John, to my mom’s home, back to South Dakota. It is much simpler just to clear off some table space & get rolling!
- I also suggest that you put all of the pieces in order for one row, double check it with the diagram, and then go to machine and piece that whole row. This makes the process faster.
Thanks for reading!