Churn Dash 2: Complementary


After taking Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Round Robin class at QuiltCon 2013, three of us in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild decided we had not had enough fun. Deborah Ferguson (her round robin quilt is “With A Little Help From My Friends“), Chandra Wu (her quilt is “Happy Times“), and I used the “listen and respond” technique we learned from Sherri Lynn but allowed one month to work on our additions. Churn Dash 2: Complementary is the result of this happy collaboration.

I chose to start with a complementary blue and orange color scheme and riffed a traditional block form. Deb and Chandra captured some of their work in progress. They both took the block fracturing concept and ran with it. Nice job, ladies!


For the quilting, I decided on the same strategy I used for Churn Dash 1: Polychrome – dense straight line quilting echoing four major seam lines. Straight line quilting is one of my favorite types of quilting and, since the light gray thread blends with the fabrics, the quilting is texture, not lines. And, bonus points for actually being able to accomplish the quilting on my home machine with a walking foot. IMG_8015 I sent the quilt to the 2014 Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland (OR) as part of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild exhibit. The show was fantastic with many wonderful quilts on display, both traditional and modern. Bill Volckening over at WonkyWorld did a post on the show and I was surprised and completely wowed when he featured Churn Dash 2. Martha.Peterson-ChurnDash2Complementary-Detail Given Bill’s encouraging comments, I decided to enter Churn Dash 2 for QuiltCon 2015 and was surprised again when it was accepted. See? You never know what affect your comments have.

Quilt Stats:

  • Title: Churn Dash 2: Complementary
  • Round robin collaboration with Deborah Ferguson and Chandra Wu, both of Seattle
  • Size: 33 x 33 inches
  • Fabrics: Kona Cotton solids and fabric from my stash, and Deborah’s and Chandra’s stashes
  • Quilting thread:  Superior Threads So Fine! Color 503
  • Exhibits
    • Seattle Modern Quilt Guild at 2104 Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA)
    • Seattle Modern Quilt Guild at 2014 Northwest Quilting Expo (Portland, OR)
    • QuiltCon 2015 (Austin, TX)

Takeaways from this quilt: Complementary colors rock, dense straight line quilting is still a favorite, keep accepting challenges, trust your quilting friends

Favorite things about this quilt: fractured and deconstructed blocks, straight line quilting, memories of working on Deborah’s and Chandra’s quilts

Things to try next time: more block fracturing, analogous color scheme (Churn Dash 3?), more improv, more risks

Churn Dash 2: Complementary hanging at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at Folklife Festival, Seattle, May 2014 (far left)

Churn Dash 2: Complementary hanging in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at Folklife Festival, Seattle, May 2014 (far left, but you could figure that out)

Churn Dash 2 makes good button artwork, too

10 thoughts on “Churn Dash 2: Complementary

  1. My favorite of the three! Just on the off chance anyone wants to see the third quilt in our collaboration, I put a photo on my “blog” (which I don’t actually blog at). The link is

    • I agree, collaborative quilts are so much fun and are so satisfying. I had to get way out of my color and technique comfort zones to respond to Chandra’s and Deborah’s quilt and I think I came out better on the other side. Love their quilts!

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