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Churn Dash block with Major Changes
InstructionsMarine Corps emblems were fussy cut and appliqued as were American flags. The churn dash block is still obvious, but the addition of the fussy cut applique completely enlarged the entire block. The finished blocks were 18". I used QAYG, the Betty Cotton method, and Quilting Made Easy stencils on the sashing that connects the blocks. I highly recommend the stencils as they made the connecting ...
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Type of item: Functional
High quality pure 100% cotton fabric, a new batting product from Warm that gives warmth without adding weight. Sulky thread for piecing and Sulky Polylight for machine quilting.
What was your inspiration?
My pride in my brother-in-law's service to his Country as a Marine DI and my brother's tour of duty in Vietnam as well as my husband's service in the U.S. Army MP.
What are you most proud of?
I had many times when I wondered why I had undertaken such a large project, but as the blocks came together and my husband became more involved in the construction of the blocks I knew I had to stay with the project.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Thoroughly plan out the quilt before you start. I had a rough idea of what I wanted, but as the block changed it required changes, thank goodness for my seam ripper, that if I had planned the entire project out it would have been easier. If you are using a standard machine be prepared for hefting a large amount of heavy fabric and the strain that it takes. I doubt I could have done this without QAYG because of the sheer size. Be prepared for a lot of repetition when you are building the blocks. Watch your measurements, I had to make many cuts because I made so many changes along the way. When I took the quilt to the FedEx office to send it to my brother-in-law I was very happy and very proud of what I had accomplished.