Here are the instructions for the Shoo-fly block that were given out at the class last month.
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Coloring blocks to go along with the instructions.
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|Instructions to follow the photo tutorial (if you want a printed copy)|
This block was first published in 1898 by Ladies Art Company. There is a great little article about the Shoo-fly block at Suzy's Fancy.
Fabric A: Cut four 4 1/2" squares.
Fabric B: Cut two 5" squares OR cut one 7" square
Fabric C: (center square) Cut one 4 1/2" square
|From left to right: Fabric A (four 4 1/2" squares), Fabric C (one 4 1/2" square), Fabric A and Fabric B (one each 7" square)|
I am following Method 2 for making my half-square triangles. You can find a photo tutorial for two methods of making half-square triangles here in the last post.
|I lay mine on a flannel board so I don't mix up my sub-units while I am sewing them. I've picked apart more blocks than I can count!|
Step 4: You can sew the rows and columns together in any way that is easiest for you. The photos are the way I sew this block together because this is the way that is easiest for me. I'm open to other ideas, so if you have an easier way of doing it, I'd love to know it!
|Chain sew the blocks together.|
Step 5: Lay the right column of sub-units over the center sub-units and pin in place. Chain sew the new sub-units.
|I pin because I often sew a block in the wrong spot or I sew it in the wrong direction.|
Step 6: Press the seams of the rows with the half-square triangles towards the center and the center row (the one with only 4 1/" squares) towards the outside.
|If you press in these directions your seams will have less bulk and it will be easier to get them to nest together.|
Step 7: Sew the three rows together.
|This is the back of my block after it has been sewn together and pressed. I pressed the last two seams towards the center to reduce bulk.|
|All done and squared up!|