QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Shoofly Block

Shoofly Quilt Block Tutorial by Tara Reed

FREE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Shoofly Block

Want to learn to sew a versatile quilt block? The Shoofly Block is great for projects small and large and quick to put together!

This tutorial creates a 9″ block – a chart follows to show how to create a 6 or 12″ block as well.

All seams are sewn at scant ¼″.


Send Me to the Woods Fabric by Tara Reed

MATERIALS

  • FABRIC 1: 
    • (1) 3½″ square (for center)
    • (2) 4″ squares (for half square triangles – HST)
  • FABRIC 2: 
    • 4) 3½″ squares (for outer squares)
    • (2) 4″ squares (for half square triangles – HST)

Use the chart below for cutting directions for different sized blocks.

Shoofly Quilt Block - Tutorial from Tara Reed

STEP 1: Create 4 half-square triangles (HST)

  • Place the FABRIC 1 and FABRIC 2 squares, right sides together. (You will make 2 sets which will create the four corners of your block)
  • Draw a line diagonally on one square. (figure 1)
    • (NOTE: If you are using directional fabric on the HSTs (half square triangles) you need to draw your lines and sew in opposite directions on the sets of two squares – otherwise you will have trees that are upside-down on your finished block (not ideal!)
  • Stitch ¼″ to each side of the line. 
  • Cut on the diagonal line you drew originally. (figure 12)
  • Press towards the darker color fabric.
  • Square the HSTs to 3½″. (figure 3)
figure 1
cutting HST blocks
figure 2
Shoofly Quilt Block Tutorial by Tara Reed
figure 3

STEP 2: Assemble the Shoofly Quilt Block

  • Layout the squares to form the block – paying attention to directionality of the trees if using the same fabric as in my sample. (figure 4)
  • Sew the 3 blocks together in each of the 3 rows. (figure 5)
  • Press seams (open or towards the darker fabric – whichever you prefer)
figure 4
figure 5
  • Sew the three rows together to create the block. (figure 6)
  • Press seams open.
  • Your shoofly block is complete! (figure 7)
Shoofly Quilt Block - Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 6
Shoofly Quilt Block - Tutorial from Tara Reed
figure 7

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