#jensfillerblocks Nested Churn Dash

This skinny churn dash version is inspired by Hoosier Toni’s skinny churn dash 6.5″ block. I love the look of “nesting” blocks and this churn dash is no exception.

Center churn dash:
(2) 1 7/8 X 1 7/8″
(1) 1 X 6 ½” (1) 1 ½ X 1 ½”
(2) 1 7/8″ X 1 7/8″
(1) 1 X 6 ½”

Draw a line marking the center on the 1 7/8″ squares. Sew on either side to yield 4 HSTs. Trim to 1.5″ square.
Sew the 1 X 6 ½” strips together. Press. Cut (4) 1 ½” squares. Assemble the center. Trim to 3.5″

Outer churn dash:

White AND print (2 each) 2 ½” X 2 ½”
(1 each) 1 ¼” X 14″

Follow instructions above except trim HSTs to 2 X 2″ and strips to 2 X 3.5″.

#jensfillerblocks baby pineapples

Pink Pineapples

Like many of you, I’ve had a pineapple quilt on my list for as long as it’s been a “thing”. Jackie Padesky (@jackiepadeskyquilts on instagram) came up with the great idea and will email you the pattern for free if you contact her. Inspiration for this tiny version hit in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

(10) 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

(6) 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4 “

(20) 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Choose 4 green and 4 pink squares to be your HSTs (half square triangles). Draw a line down the center of 8 white squares. Pair up the white squares with the green and pink squares, sew on the line, trim 1/4″ from the center, and press. These squares should still measure 1 1/4″. Lay out your pineapple block and begin assembling in rows. I press the seams to the side on the rows, alternating directions so they nest. Sew the rows together into the pineapple and press the seams open.

#jensfillerblocks Ninja Star (or Friendship Star)

Friendship star

I’ve really tried challenging myself during these past few months and taking on tiny, tiny paper piecing squares was something I loved trying out. The center square measures just 2.5″ (2″ finished) and I loved every second of making it. I really wanted to find a #jensfillerblock that could highlight my pineapple center and that would add to it’s beauty. A traditional friendship star (or ninja star if you prefer) seemed like the perfect fit.

(4) 2.5″ x 2.5″
(2) 3″ x 3″

(1) 2.5″ x 2.5″ – for the center if you’re not up for microscopic paper piecing
(2) 3 x 3″

Draw a line down the center of the 3 x 3″ white squares. Place on top of your 3 x 3″ print with the right sides together. Sew on both sides of the line 1/4″ away from the center. Cut down the line with your rotary cutter or scissors, press your squares open, and trim to 2.5″ x 2.5″. Lay out your block, assemble, press, and enjoy!