By taking a dark piece approximately 7-1/2 inches and matching it with a light piece approximately 9 inches, the blocks can be made with very little waste! I really like being able to go to just one size scrap bag instead of trying to find the same fabric in a couple of different sizes. Not to mention 1-inch size pieces are pretty small for my hands to work with. This method avoids having to cut pieces that narrow.
From that end sub-cut one 3-1/2 inch piece and two 2-inch pieces. Then, from the light only, cut one piece at 1-1/2 inches for the center of your Churn Dash block.
Mark the 2-inch pieces on the diagonal and stitch 1/4-inch on either side of that line. Cut on the line and press open your four half-square triangle pieces. Trim to 1-1/2 inch squares which will be used in the 4 corners.
Stitch the 3-1/2 inch piece down both long sides. Mark a center line 1-inch from each long edge. Because of the width of your pen line, mark from both sides. You will end up with a double line down the center of the piece. Cut between the lines to get the exact center. Press open. Sub-cut to get two 1-1/2 inch squares from each piece (total of 4 side pieces).
Assemble 9-patch style to make a traditional Churn Dash block. Look how many dark 2-inch strips I found in my bag that were already exactly the right length!
|Churn Dash blocks: looking a little wonky because|
they are not lying perfectly flat on the design wall.