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Instruction Sheets

Churn Dash & Stars

Click here to download Churn Dash & Stars instructions (PDF file)

Click here to download Paper Piece pattern for Star points PLEASE check after printing that the sections measure 3.5 inches with seam allowances!

If you have problems opening the above link, right click on it and save it to your computer and then open it. Email me with any questions or problems at

Please note: Read over the instructions carefully before beginning and please email me with any questions.

Quilt can also be made with plain borders

Nancy’s quilt – click to see a larger view


Kelly’s top


A QOV version by Beth


By Ann Lemke


31 Responses to “Churn Dash & Stars”

  • Bonnie Irby:

    Can you make the star blocks with a trirec ruler? I love this pattern. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Mollie weber:

    Please put me on your email list for your quilting blog. Thank you very much.

  • Debbie:

    Love this pattern!

  • Debbie:

    Love this pattern

  • Cecile:

    Mollie, how did I miss this one? My new favorite. You are terrific! Keep up the awesomeness!

  • Barbara Wolf:

    I love this quilt and used it for our quilting group’s churn dash challenge. I will machine quilt it so I am looking for suggestions. Mary, I hope you have an idea about what would look best for the quilting pattern. Thanks for posting such a great quilt and giving me the inspiration I needed to finish.

  • pamela griffin:

    This is one of the best websites on quilting I have seen., Just so much free stuff…way to go Mary. Thank you very much for sharing.
    Regards, Pamela G

  • Becky:

    When I download the PDF for the Star Points I get another pattern called Garden Blocks. Correction?

  • Mary Deotte:

    I was just told about your website this morning by a friend and fellow quilter. I love it! And I absolutely love this quilt pattern, especially the circular feel that the points create… Very stunning! I will definitely have to make this one soon.

  • Hello Mary, I’ve just discovered your blog and wanted to thank you for providing so much helpful information. I like your style. This quilt is so awesome! I am a beginner (and live in MN too) and this looks like the perfect project for me to stretch my skills into a big quilt. Thanks again!

  • pina:

    sorry for my language! this quilt is very very very beautiful!!!!!!

  • […] Please note : Read over the instructions carefully before beginning and please email me with any questions. Churn Dash & Stars […]

  • I absolutely love this quilt pattern. Thank you so much for posting the instructions.

  • I love this pattern! I was making a quilt with the same stars and a different alternate block but couldn’t get motivated to finish. I didn’t like the other block. After you posted this pattern I revamped my plan and used your idea instead. I had to revise since my stars were 12″ but I got it finished and it’s now on the longarm. Thanks for the inspiration! I will definitly make this pattern again.

  • I love this quilt! I grew up in Illinois and call the churn dash block Lincoln’s Platform. (We called a similar 5-patch pattern Churn Dash.) Thank you for posting it as well as readers’ variations. It’s a joy to see (and I’m sure that when I make a smaller version for a prayer quilt, it will be a joy to make). I’ll use my Tri-Recs rulers for the star points. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • I really love how your quilt has turned out. Very lovely.

  • Judy Wolf:

    Mary, I love this quilt!! Thank you for posting the instructions.

    Judy in MO

  • Amy F:

    Gorgeous! I might make this. Thank you for providing the ideas and patterns.

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  • donna:

    Love the patterns within patterns.
    Beautiful. Eye catcher!
    I will download this one for sure..

  • Kay Gibbs:

    Wow! This is just the pattern that I’ve been looking for to make for Quilts of Valor. Thank you so much!

  • I really like this pattern! I love how it forms circles. Thanks.

  • Teresa D.:

    Very nice! This is one I will be doing next!

  • Nancy Latham:

    Really like this combination. Have made a few with this star.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Nancy L

  • Jan:

    Mary, you are so creative….and generous with your designs. Thanks, this quilt is a beauty!

  • Nann:

    Wow! I really like it! Thanks, Mary.

  • Ellen:

    What a pretty design that will turn into a gorgeous quilt. Definitely on my “to do” list.

  • Kristy Wilkinson:

    Yippee! A pattern to use with my Accuquilt GO!. I love the triangle in a square star pattern. This is a really pretty setting for these blocks. I love the circles your eyes make from it.

  • That’s a pretty quilt!

  • Oh how lovely!! I really like how the blocks go together.