BLOCK Friday: Churn Dash Quilt Block, Pt. 1

Churn Dash Quilt

The block we are celebrating is the Churn Dash quilt block. A little history about this block offers a couple of interesting bits of information. (Use this to impress your quilt friends at a Christmas gathering!)

  • The block’s name comes from the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn. Apparently quilters have always had an affinity for food!
  • The Churn Dash was one of the first blocks girls learned to quilt.

Now, for a little art lesson. The Churn Dash quilt is so versatile. It can be scrappy, modern, traditional, kid-friendly or masculine. At Fons & Porter, we are huge fans of the Churn Dash quilt block. Below, I’ve curated a few Churn Dash quilts for your viewing pleasure!

Oasis (the mix-it-up Churn Dash)

Oasis Quilt


1/16th Monkey Wrench (the 16-Patch Churn Dash)

1/16th Monkey Wrench Quilt


Simple Joys (the “I wish it was warm again” Churn Dash)

Simple Joys Quilt

For the visual learners, we have a Love of Quilting video on on how to make the Churn Dash block. That is one entire episode dedicated to this lovely block. To learn more quilt block techniques and tips, be sure to check out our collection of video tutorials on

Happy Quilting!


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