The Churn Dash

Daily Prompt:  Churn, Explore

I have been exploring the origins of names of some quilt blocks that have been around for years.  One of my favorite blocks is the Churn Dash.

churn dash blockThe Churn Dash is one of the oldest 9-Patch quilt block patterns.  It came about sometime between 1800 and 1849.  The block got its name because it resembled 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.

This was one of the first patterns that young girls learned.  It’s simplicity of rectangles, triangles, and squares also provide a challenge for advanced quilters because it lends itself well to intricate designs.

A few years ago I participated in a block exchange.  This was the block we used.  I still haven’t put them together.  I had actually forgotten about the blocks until today when I immediately thought about the churn dash after checking on the daily prompt.