Sunday, 26 April 2015

Blue shoos - do.Good Stitches Comfort Circle May 2015


It is my turn to be quilter again and I have decided to go for a classic block - the Shoo Fly.
I've seen some lovely quilts recently using a single block in different sizes so that is what we are going to make.

This is a straightforward 9 patch variation using squares and half square triangles (HSTs).  The following is a brief tutorial - not because I think any of you lovely ladies need it but sometimes it is helpful to have all the info in once place.

The cutting directions are based on my preferred method of making HSTs but of course you should use whatever method you prefer.

Colours and sizes

I'd like you to use a blue print fabric and a pale solid neutral (white, off-white, cream, beige) and I'm asking that everyone make one 12.5 inch block and one other block, either 9.5 inch or 6.5 inch.

Cut fabric as follows:

Block size
Blue fabric
Background fabric
Trim HSTs
12.5 inch
2 – 5”x 5”
1 – 4.5” x 4.5”
2 – 5”x 5”
4 – 4.5” x 4.5”
4.5” x4.5”
9.5 inch
2 – 4” x 4”
1 – 3.5” x 3.5”
2 – 4” x 4”
4 – 3.5” x 3.5”
3.5” x 3.5”
6.5 inch
2 – 3” x 3”
1 – 2.5” x 2.5”
2 – 3” x 3”
4 – 2.5” x 2.5”
2.5” x 2.5”

1) Take your two larger blue squares and two larger background squares and mark a line diagonally from corner to corner on the background squares

2) Place one blue square and one background square with right sides together and sew a seam 1/4 inch either side of the mark.  Repeat with the other two squares.

3) Cut along the marked line and press.

4) Trim the HST's to the appropriate size (I was making a 9.5 inch block so I trimmed to 3.5" square).

5) Take your four HSTs and the remaining pieces and place in the following layout

6) Sew the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together.  You are done!

 Looking forward to seeing what you make and hope you enjoy this block.



  1. I love your idea! It will make a lovely quilt!

  2. Look forward to seeing the blocks you receive Sarah:)

  3. Thanks for the instructions Sarah!