SAHRR Launch Party Pick Your Block
A SAHRR (Stay-At-Home-Round-Robin) launch party! What the heck is that and how can I participate . . . is that what you’re wondering?!! We are joining six of our quilting blogging friends to host a SAHRR starting officially on January 18, 2021. Typically, a round-robin involves sending your piece off to friends for them to add the next ’round’. Eventually, after all the rounds, the piece would make it back to you nearly complete. In this COVID-era round-robin, all the rounds are sewn and chosen by you. This week your mission is to choose a block that you’d like to feature in your quilt. It can be any block you like/love – you’ll be adding seven ’rounds’ to highlight it.
SAHRR Center Block
For our Stay-At-Home Round-Robin center block, we chose the Churn Dash block. I’ve always wanted to make a quilt using the CD block but we’ve never gotten around to it yet. Because of my aversion to square quilts – there’s nothing wrong with them but I prefer rectangle ones – I wanted to make an elongated version. It is difficult to find an elongated Churn Dash pattern. Just sayin’ cause I spent a good bit of time searching Pinterest.
Of course, I had to grab some paper and a pencil to draw my own version. This block measures 9″ x 12″ and we are using up the fabrics from the 2020 Monthly Color Block quilt called Crayola Kaleidoscope. You’ll see mostly bright colors used in our quilt along with a white background to give your eyes a place to rest.
SAHRR Elongated Churn Dash-Ish
Here’s how we made our elongated Churn Dash block just in case you’d like to make one someday, too.
- 2 each – 3.5″ squares of background and feature fabric (to make 4 – 2.5″ HSTs) – we elected to use four different feature fabrics so we have 4 extra HSTs
- 1 – 5.5″ x 8.5″ background fabric piece
- 2 each – 1.5″ x 8.5″ strips of background and feature fabric
- 2 each – 1.5″ x 5.5″ strips of background and feature fabric
Match the 3.5″ squares of background fabric with a feature fabric and draw a line diagonally on the wrong side of one of the fabrics. Sew a scant quarter inch on each side of the line, cut apart, and press your favorite way. Repeat for the other 3.5″ squares for a total of four half-square triangle blocks and trim to 2.5″ each. Next, sew a background strip to the feature fabric in both sizes to make four strip sets and press as desired. You’ll now have all the components to complete your block by laying the pieces out as pictured and sewing. Be sure to press as you go along!
Visit our friends who will be sharing their center blocks today as well:
- Chris @ Chris Knits Sews
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
- Anja @ Anja Quilts
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
- Gail @ Quilting Gail (it’s Gail’s idea for this fun!)
Next week starts Round One and Chris will be sharing all those details on January 18th. We will also share how our Round One is enhancing our elongated Churn Dash center block. We will be using the hashtag on Instagram of #stayathomeroundrobin.
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