The Shoofly Block

This was the very first Block of the Month I offered back in July 1999. My goal when I started was to introduce a new block every other month. Somewhere between then and now, I added a few extras, and then started adding one a month.

I've updated the page to hopefully make the instructions clearer. I hope you find the directions on how to make a diagonal square helpful.
For the Shoofly block you will need:
from your first color, I chose brown, cut two 4 7/8 inch squares and one 4 1/2 inch square.
from your second color, I'm using a tone-on-tone, cut two 4 7/8 inch squares and four 4 1/2 inch squares.

How to make diagonal half squares....
Place one of each color 4 7/8 squares right sides together. Carefully draw a line down the center, corner to corner, diagonally across one of the squares. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.)
Now if you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of this drawn line. If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. This will be your sewing line.
After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on your cutting line.
You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 4 1/2 inches.
Now you can assemble your block. Make two sets like this.


Make one set like this.


Now you can finish your block and it should look like this and measure 12 1/2 inches exactly!

This pattern can be used for personal use only and can not be used commercially without the owner's permission. No copies may be made without the owner's permission. This includes the patterns as well as any graphics and/or instructions that are associated with a pattern.
Shoofly Delaware Quilts July 1999


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