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Churn Dash/Wrench blocks

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"Churn Dash" and "Wrench" are names used so loosely that either could stand for any block that resembles the ones on this page, and more besides. Quilters understand this. You may have to show the block you're talking about before you can be sure you're on the same wavelength.

Double Monkey Wrench
Double Monkey Wrench
Churn Dash/Old Mill Design/Hens and Chickens/Double T/Shoo Fly/Sherman's March/Monkey Wrench/Love Knot/Hole-in-the-Barn-Door/Puss-in-the-Corner/Shoo-Fly/Lincoln's Platform/Indian Hammer/Quail's Nest/Broken Plate/Joan's Doll Quilt/Fisherman's Reel/Picture Frame/Ludlow's Favorite

The sheer number of names for this venerable block say more about its age than anything we could. The alternate names are from Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

Churn dash 
  Butter churn 






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A Wrench
A Wrench
Double Wrench/Chinese Coin/Churn Dash/Churn Dasher/French 4's/Monkey Wrench/Pioneer Patch

The Ladies Art Company called this block Double Wrench in 1897 (#148), but Jinny Beyer found it under the name A Wrench in two 1883 magazines (Louisville and Farm and Friends).

We presume that "A" is the article of speech ("It's a bird—it's a plane—it's a wrench!") because there is no "B" wrench anywhere to be found.

The block is drawn on a 5x5 grid.

Churn Dash
Churn Dash
Picture Frame/The Picture Frame/Hole in the Barn Door/Sherman's March

The LAC's block #112 is a churn dash variation with rare slim proportions. It is drawn up on an 8x8 grid.

The "picture frame" names came from Clara Stone (#127) and the Kansas City Star (1955). Yvonne Khin also found it called Hole-in-the-Barn-Door and Sherman's March (Collector's Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns).

Triangles & Stripes
Triangles & Stripes
Magic Box/Squares & Stripes

This pretty variation on the Churn Dash makes the block a better choice for multiple colors and scraps, and it also provides a reason to make the block itself larger. The Ladies Art Company, which published the block as its #229 in 1897, offered the pattern at 13 inches and 15 cents. Or you could buy the diagram for 5 cents.

Diagram prices have dropped since then: You can get yours free by clicking on the "Make It!" icon above.

Churn Dash
Churn Dash
Churn Dasher

The 3-color Churn Dash is from Bettina Havig's Carrie Hall Blocks (American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY, 1999).