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Join the Churn Chain QAL

Hey there, fellow quilters! It’s time to get your sewing machines ready and dive into a fresh, exciting project – the Churn Chain QAL (Quilt-A-Long). This quilt pattern brings a modern flare to the classic charm of quilting, and we’re here to guide you through every step.

Introducing the Pattern

Dive into the Churn Chain Quilt-A-Long with confidence! Our quilt pattern breathes new life into the traditional churn dash block by pairing it with the simplicity of a nine-patch block, all while introducing a lively, modern twist. What really makes this quilt stand out is its dynamic arrangement and use of six different fabrics in diagonal lines, creating an eye-catching flow throughout the design. Plus, with a handy coloring page included in your digital bonuses, planning your quilt will be a breeze.

The Churn Chain quilt pattern is available to make in 4 sizes! For the QAL, we will be making the Throw size. This quilt is a fantastic project for advanced beginners – it’s all about having fun with piecing, without the stress of complex steps. And don’t worry, we’ve got a simple yet effective strategy to keep everything straightforward: label everything. This little trick will save you heaps of time and keep the process smooth.

But here’s the best part: you won’t be going at it alone. We’ll be quilting together, step by step, ensuring we have ample time to enjoy the process and tackle each stage with ease. You will need to purchase the pattern to make this quilt. So, let’s embark on this quilting journey together and create something truly special!

The Fabrics

Benartex has partnered with us as the fabric sponsor, featuring the Dazzle Dots fabric collection by Christa Watson. The Dazzle Dots fabric collection by Christa Watson is an exceptional match for the Churn Chain quilt pattern from Sew Much Moore. The vibrant spectrum of colors, from warm reds to cool blues, along with the playful Snazzy Squares and Confetti dots, elevate the dynamic arrangement of the traditional churn dash and nine-patch blocks in the quilt. The rich, sizzling hues and contrasting grays of Dazzle Dots seamlessly complement the quilt’s modern twist, ensuring your creation will not only stand out but also shimmer with a lively personality. This pairing promises a quilt that’s as exciting to make as it is to behold, making it a perfect choice for quilters looking to infuse their projects with color and energy.

These fun prints are sure to inject some joy into your quilt, and we’ve made both the dark and light background options for you to see! This fabric is in stores now, or you can purchase directly from the designer herself!

Quilt-A-Long Schedule

We’re spreading the fun over eight weeks, starting March 7th and wrapping up on April 25th. Here’s a quick breakdown of our schedule:

  • Week 1: Explore the Pattern
  • Week 2: Choose Your Fabric
  • Week 3: Cut Your Fabric
  • Week 4: Piece the Quilt (Part 1)
  • Week 5: Piece the Quilt (Part 2)
  • Week 6: Piece the Quilt (Part 3)
  • Week 7: Finish the Quilt
  • Week 8: Recap and Quilt Show

Tools of the Trade

Quilting is all about the tools, and throughout this Quilt-A-Long, we’ll introduce you to some game-changers. From cutting mats to starch to irons, we’ll show you how the right tool can make all the difference in your quilting process.

Prizes Galore!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we’ve got an incredible lineup of prizes each week. From starter kits to essential quilting notions and even a travel-sized Juki sewing machine for one lucky participant, there’s plenty of excitement beyond the stitches.

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How to Join

Ready to jump in? Registering is easy ! You’ll need to purchase the pattern, available on our website or possibly at your local quilt shop. Don’t miss out on the chance to make this vibrant and dynamic quilt with a community of passionate quilters.

Let’s make something beautiful together. Tell your Quilty Friends and we will see you at the Quilt-A-Long!

16 Comments

  1. Pamela Madden says:

    will I be able to use my Accuquilt dies for the sew-a-long?

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      The churn chain quilt pattern does not use AccuQuilt Dies. We are going to use the Shape Cutter Plus, by June Tailor – sold by AccuQuilt – to make quick work of cutting our fabric.

      You can learn more about that tool with my affiliate link here: Shape Cut Plus Ruler

      Hope you join us! You can learn all about getting registered right here:

      https://www.sewmuchmoore.com/join-the-churn-chain-qal/

      You can learn more about the pattern right here:

      https://www.sewmuchmooreacademy.com/churnchain

      Thanks so much for your questions and let me know if we can assist you further!

  2. Laura Stratton says:

    what AccuQuilt dies does the Churn Chain Quilt-A-Long use? I don’t see that info listed. I need to know it before I buy the pattern and commit to the project. It does look fun.

    Thank You
    Laura Stratton

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      The churn chain quilt pattern does not use AccuQuilt Dies. We are going to use the Shape Cutter Plus, by June Tailor – sold by AccuQuilt – to make quick work of cutting our fabric.

      You can learn more about that tool with my affiliate link here: Shape Cut Plus Ruler

      Hope you join us! You can learn all about getting registered right here:

      https://www.sewmuchmoore.com/join-the-churn-chain-qal/

      You can learn more about the pattern right here:

      https://www.sewmuchmooreacademy.com/churnchain

      Thanks so much for your questions and let me know if we can assist you further!

  3. Jeanne Nelson says:

    Due to arthritis in my hands and wrists I try to use my AccuQuilt cutter for all my quilting. I have the 8″ Qube. Will that work with your pattern? I would love to take part in the Quilt Along.

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      The churn chain quilt pattern does not use AccuQuilt Dies. We are going to use the Shape Cutter Plus, by June Tailor – sold by AccuQuilt – to make quick work of cutting our fabric.

      You can learn more about that tool with my affiliate link here: Shape Cut Plus Ruler

      Hope you join us! You can learn all about getting registered right here:

      https://www.sewmuchmoore.com/join-the-churn-chain-qal/

      You can learn more about the pattern right here:

      https://www.sewmuchmooreacademy.com/churnchain

      Thanks so much for your questions and let me know if we can assist you further!

  4. Audrey Flock says:

    Why on earth would you send this to people who have an Accuquilt machine and a bazzillion dies to use? Surely you can “translate” this pattern so that Accuquilt people can participate in the QAL!

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Dear Audrey,

      Thank you for reaching out and sharing your thoughts with us. Your feedback is incredibly valuable, and I want to ensure we address your concerns directly.

      I understand you have questions about the use of AccuQuilt products in our upcoming Churn Chain Quilt Along (QAL). While AccuQuilt is a generous sponsor of our event, providing wonderful prizes like the June Tailor slotted ruler, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat, this particular quilt pattern is designed to be most efficiently and effectively created using the June Tailor slotted ruler. This tool offers precision and ease that aligns with the specific techniques we’ll be exploring together during the QAL.

      The decision to use the June Tailor slotted ruler, rather than adapting the pattern for AccuQuilt dies, is based on ensuring that all participants can follow along and achieve great results with the recommended method. It’s about embracing the diversity of quilting practices within our community and providing an experience that is both enriching and accessible to everyone, regardless of the cutting tools they have at home.

      AccuQuilt’s support as a sponsor reflects our shared commitment to the quilting community and to making this event as inclusive and enjoyable as possible. The prizes they’ve contributed, which include June Tailor products now offered through the AccuQuilt website, are designed to enhance your quilting toolkit and experience.

      While I understand this might be disappointing if you were hoping to use AccuQuilt dies specifically for this QAL, I encourage you to join us and discover the versatility and benefits of the June Tailor slotted ruler. Our goal is to ensure a fulfilling and fun experience for all participants, and I believe this event will offer valuable skills and techniques that can complement your existing quilting practice.

      Thank you again for your feedback. It’s crucial in helping us make events like this better for everyone involved. Should you have any further questions or need support with the pattern, please feel free to reach out. I’m here to help and ensure you have a fantastic experience with our QAL.

      Warmest regards,

      Nicole

  5. Pierrette says:

    Can we make this quilt without the ruler?

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      That is a great question! You do not have to buy a special tool to make this quilt. The ruler that I will be demonstrating will help you finish making the quilt faster and help you cut accurately as well. All you need to make this quilt is the pattern, your fabric of choice and basic quilting supplies.

  6. Kathleen Williams says:

    I can’t seem to find the cost for the fabrics needed.

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      The cost of the fabric depends on what type of fabric you purchase. You don’t have to purchase a specific kit in order to participate. You can even dive into your own personal stash. We are featuring a kit from the Dazzle Dots fabric line by Christa Watson, for Benartex – but it is not required that you use this fabric. Just a suggestion (and a beautiful suggestion at that!).

  7. Are the prizes available to people who do not live in the USA? The project sounds like fun nevertheless.

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      That’s a great question Laura! Some of our sponsors have the ability to ship internationally, while others do not.

  8. Do I have to quilt using your quilt kit?

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      That’s a great question! You can use whatever fabric you want to make the Churn Chain Quilt. We have suggested kits, in case you are interested – but that is not a requirement! You will just need to register and participate by following along with the Churn Chain Pattern. Let me know if you have more questions. We are glad to help!

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