Okay, here it is! A tutorial for the Shoo Fly block used in my Checkered Past quilt. This is such a fun block to make and easy! It reminds me of the nursery song “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me”…….but I digress.
A quilt with nothing but these blocks would be beautiful, as would a scrappy version. It would also look great combined with other blocks to make a finished top.
The Shoo Fly block finishes at 10”.
- 2 – 5″ print/color squares
- 1 – 2-1/2″ print/color square
- 2 – 5″ background squares
- 4 – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ background strips
First, you will need to make 4 half square triangles (HST). Using a fabric safe marker, draw a line from corner to corner on each of the 5″ background squares (draw on the wrong side of fabric).
Pin a background square on top of a print/color 5″ square, right sides together.
Stitch a scant quarter inch on each side of the drawn line.
Cut directly on the drawn line, making two triangles. Press the seam to the darker fabric on each piece. You now have two HST.
Trim each square to 4-1/2″.
Using both of the 5″ squares of background fabric, make a total of 4 HST.
Sew two of the HST to each side of a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle, making two rows. Your two rows will look like this:
Sew the short side of the remaining two 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ background strips to either side of the 2-1/2″ print/color square.
Sew the three rows together, making sure to line up seams. Press seams open.
Square block to 10-1/2″.
Congratulations! Your Shoo Fly block is complete!
If you missed it, you can find the tutorial for the Checker Block by clicking on the Tutorial tab at the top of the page. Combining these two blocks makes a beautiful quilt.