I've just finished the last of the little quilts out of "orphan" vintage blocks that made up the Four Seasons Challenge series led by my friend Dorry. The starting block for Winter was a stained and not-quite-square blue and white Churn Dash. I decided I would just soak it to try to remove the stains (they were stubborn) and then work with the block as it was. Like all the Season Challenges, the quilt was to finish at 24" square and we were required to use green on the face of the quilt. I have some beautiful wintery green and gray fabrics that I set out to use in the setting. To make this one different from any of my others, I had the Churn Dash block be the main element without being in the center of the quilt. I planned to use the wintery green prints as cornerstones and setting triangles, or sashing.
I picked a starry block to go with the Churn Dash because my design wall was looking like a night sky when I started pulling my navy blue fabrics out. Notice that my collaborator of years gone by had two different blue and white prints in her churn dash block (it's the large scale one lower right.)
When I was making my label, I looked up the name of the star block I had chosen. I was surprised to discover that one of the historical names for it is Churn Dasher! Maybe you can see the green in the closeups.
Some of my deep blue prints were starry skies -
Green fabrics are entirely responsible for the pieced backing.
Now that those two quilt deadlines are met, I have a new project to start. If you read our "main blog" you know we have been working with Interior Designers to get some repairs done and finish decorating our retirement house. While I thought we had Too Much Wood in our Master Bedroom, the professions didn't care for much of anything we have going on there. I'm embarking on an experiment with an idea to add a painted nightstand. At a nearby estate sale, I found this TV stand with a $15 price tag on it.