The Shoofly Quilting Block
The Shoofly is a very easy and frugal 9 patch quilting block.
It is made with squares and
This is a very old quilt block that you see a lot in vintage
quilts. You see this whole quilts made with nothing but this block.
You see it in
sampler quilts also.
Use any one of the piecing methods of the
triangle page, and just lay them out per the picture.
If you use
measurements, and plan for each
grid to finish at
2 inches, your block will finish at 6 1/2 inches. (The
squares would be cut at 2 1/2 inches, and the squares used for the half square
triangles cut at 2 7/8 inches)
This is a great block for a beginner to practice
Press the vertical seams on the top row towards
the square to reduce bulk. Do the same with the bottom row. Press
the vertical seams in the middle row the opposite way (away from the center).
The when you attach your rows, the seams will
and be turned away from each other.
This is a hard block to mess up, and looks very
good when it is done. If you are a beginning quilter, think about what you
can do with this block.