Bejeweled Churn Dash Finished Quilt


Bejeweled Churn Dash Quilt on the fence
Hello Sewing Friends!  I've got some big news to share. I FINISHED my Bejeweled Churn Dash quilt! I made this quilt top years ago and it's been patiently waiting  in my closet for me to quilt it. Do you have any projects like that?  

Bejeweled Churn Dash Quilt near the swimming pool

Oh good! I'm glad I'm not the only one. I finished sewing this quilt top in 2014. Then had a baby and moved, then started a million other projects instead of finishing this one.  I just have this problem that I create scenarios in my mind about how hard or how long something will take to do and when I think (or fear) something will take a lot of effort to do it right, I put it off and procrastinate the finish. Perfectionism?! I am so good at putting it out of my mind that when something shiny and new inevitably comes along I "forget" about the other project and jump in on the next one. It's a vicious cycle. Ugh! 

Bejeweled Churn Dash Quilt

Looking at all the #Quiltcon2022 quilts on Instagram has inspired me to try to quilt all the quilt tops I have sitting in my closet. First up is this Bejeweled Churn Dash Quilt. I had fun experimenting and breaking up the background of a traditional Churn Dash block. It kind of looks like the Churn Dash is sitting on a  cut jewel to me so I named it the Bejeweled Churn Dash block. You can find a tutorial HERE if you want to try making one too. 

Churn Dash Quilt block

For the quilt I used a fat quarter bundle from the Robert Kaufman sample spree table at Quilt Market one year. I sadly do not know the name of the line or the designer but I love the bold colors! 

table of fabric

I chose to back it with some beautiful buttery soft voile. I first got the idea of quilting with voile from Anna Maria Horner's blog.  The voile is sheer so any little imperfection in the quilt batting shows through but I don't mind that. It is so soft and easy to sew through. I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

Bejeweled Churn Dash Quilt

For the quilting I chose to 'stitch in the ditch'. I always have a hard time knowing what pattern to choose for quilting so I went with super simple this time and quilted a grid. And I use the word 'ditch' loosely because I ended up wobbling around quite a bit jumping in and out of the 'ditch'.

Quarter inch quilt binding

I also quilted it with thread the same yellow-green color as the quilt backing. It turned out to be a great medium toned choice to blend with all of the high contrast fabrics. 

Stitch in the ditch

I ended up making the binding really narrow so I didn't cover up those churn dash points on the edges. I cut the binding strips at 2 inches and used this method to sew it on. The finished binding measures about 1/4 inch.  It is takes a bit of patience to work with such a narrow strip, especially when you get to the corners. 

Over all I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out. I'm excited to finish my next one. What do you think? Do you have the same problem as me with a closet full of quilt tops just waiting to be finished? Hope to hear from you soon.

Happy Sewing!

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