Remember all blocks in the club are 12 1/2 inches (unfinished) size. You can read the other posts for sewing tips and tricks. You can click HERE for a link to the Block of the Month Club series. This block will be first, but scroll down for the rest.
Block #4 is Shoo Fly...
The last block we made was Flying Geese. Click HERE for that. In that tutorial, I showed you a method for the geese that gave us a bonus block...16 - 2 1/2 inch half-square triangles. Pictured below.
Well, today's block will be using all 16 of the 2 1/2 inch half square triangle. I'll have another post coming up with a tutorial for just half square triangles.
For the rest of the block you will need...
- 10- 2 1/2 inch squares of dark fabric
- 10- 2 1/2 inch squares of light fabric
Here is the arrangement for the squares. The final 12 1/2 inch block is made up of 4 shoo fly blocks that are 6 1/2 inches each.
Take one block at a time.
Sew the 3 squares across in a row...sewing all 3 rows.
You can strip piece that middle row with the light and dark fabric. I am using scraps, so my block just uses squares.
Strip piecing is sewing 3 long strips of fabric together, then cutting the 3 sewn strips into the width you need.
Then sew the 3 rows together to form the block. Press your seams as you go.
Now take the 4 finished squares and arrange them dark, light, dark, light...as shown below.
Sew the top 2 blocks in a row, then the bottom 2 blocks in a row.
Then sew the 2 rows together.
A perfect 12 1/2 inch block of lights and darks.
Here are the 4 blocks so far in the series...
- Bow Tie
- Flying Geese
- Shoo Fly
Stay tuned. More blocks coming up this week and next to catch up!!
See you soon,