Block #2 - April - Shoo Fly
The 2nd block is a Shoo Fly block. All blocks for this quilt are
12" x 12".
Fabric amounts and usage is shown on this page.
You will be making 4 of these blocks for the quilt.
For each block you will need 9 - 4.5" units:
4 units squares of Fabric 8
1 unit square of Fabric 1(in center)
4 half square triangle units in Fabrics 3 & 7
1. Cutting "just squares"
From Fabric 8 cut 16 - 4.5" x 4.5 " squares.
The easiest way to do this is to cut a 4.5" strip across the width of the fabric and then cut the strip into squares. Each 40" strip will yield 8 squares, so you will need 2 strips. If you have wider fabric or narrower fabric your squares per strip will vary some.
(Note: you will need many more squares in Fabric 8 this size for other blocks, so save any extra pieces of strips for later.)
From Fabric 1 cut 4 - 4.5" x 4.5" squares (for the center of each Shoo Fly block)
Half Square Triangle Units - 16 total
Using 40" width fabric, cut 1 strips of Fabric 3 and 1 strips of Fabric 7 all 5" wide.
Cut each of these 5" strips into squares that are 5" x 5"
If your fabric is a little wider than 40" you may be able to get 8 - 5" squares out of your width. If you only get 7 of each, you will need to cut one extra 5" from each fabric. But DO NOT CUT AN ENTIRE STRIP that is 5".
You will have 8 squares each and you will make 16 - 4.5" Half Square Triangles from these.
To Make Half-Square Triangles
Place one square of each color face-to-face and make Half Square Triangles from these squares. See the illustrated directions here.
3. Assemble the 4 Shoo Fly Blocks - easiest is to sew 3 rows - each with 3
squares as shown in the block diagram. Then, matching corners, sew the 3 rows
together to form the block.
With a quilter's square ruler, trim the blocks to be 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches.
You have finished Block Two.
I'd love to post some photos or scans of your blocks so far - email to me
at quilting -at- equilters.com. I'll post them linked to each Block instructions to see the progress.
copyright 2006 - Susan Druding
copyright ©2006 Susan C. Druding
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