Wonky Churn Dash Block {Tutorial}

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Since September of 2011, I’ve been the Block of the Month coordinator for the SAMQG. Each month I’ve researched a specific block pattern and made a sample to present at the meeting. This month I specifically wanted to make my favorite block, the Churn Dash, but I wanted it to have some Anna personality, which means WONKY. Long story short, I couldn’t find a tutorial out in blogworld so I decided to create one myself. I didn’t follow  a tutorial to create the block, I actually looked at one already made and used what I knew about assembling the churn dash and making things wonky! So, here it is, the Wonky Churn Dash Block tutorial.

Finished size is 11″ but you can use any size for the background squares which will of course change the size of your block.

Use 1/4″ seam allowance

Materials needed for each block:

1/8 yard white (or other solid) for background (a white charm pack would work great for this too), if you want the block to be bigger you’ll need more than 1/8 yard background fabric

A variety of scraps roughly the size of your background squares (mine are 4″)


Cut the background fabric into (9) 4″ squares


I chose to mark my white squares with a quilting pencil (don’t iron over it) so that I knew which side the patterned fabric would face. It is especially helpful if you need guidance for wonky placement. I only did this for the first block, on my second one it didn’t seem necessary. Here’s a diagram to show you how I marked the lines.

The patterned fabric will roughly line up with the line you drew. You should see your mark “1P” on the bottom right side of the square.

Now flip your square over again, fold the patterned piece back.

Repeat these steps for all your pieces. 

Press your seams and pat yourself on the back for making a wonky churn dash block! (Now repeat this about 11 more times and you’ll have a good number of blocks for a quilt!)

See? That wasn’t so bad was it? If you make a wonky churn dash block or quilt, I’ve love to see it! Please feel free to share it on my Facebook page.

Happy Stitches,


P.S. If you have ANY questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments, and I’ll reply so that everyone can benefit from the answer.

P.P.S. I’m giving away two charm packs of Sherbet Pips, click here to read that post and enter!

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