Wednesday, June 29, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns - Block 4


Have you done any hopping on the Row by Row Experience yet? It started last week. I went into a local shop on Sunday... and forgot to ask for their row pattern! At least it was a local shop (Portsmouth Fabric Company) and it will be easy to stop in there again. I went in specifically for some light batiks during their sale and forgot the row pattern, and bobbins for my home machine. Forgot the darn bobbins too! I never seem to have enough bobbins. If you are a lover of Kaffe Fassett fabric they have their 2015 row "Kaffe Sets Sail" available on their website and in the shop.

Our block this week is called Shoo Fly. I found information saying the block is from the first half of the 1800s but quilts made from it were usually 1875 or later on It is also called Hole in the Barn Door and frequently associated with the Amish.

Download the pdf pattern for Shoo Fly here.

Make half square triangle units:
This is the same process we started with last week. I am going to add some basic reference pages in the near future. The first time we use a unit in a block we'll cover it in detail. Subsequent appearances will be shorter and refer to the general instructions pages.

1. Draw a line on the wrong side of the lighter fabric, corner to corner.

2. Sew 1/4" from the drawn line on both sides of the line.

3. Cut on the drawn line and press open, towards the darker fabric.
Press towards green.

Make your rows:

4. Lay out the squares and half squares as shown in the block picture. Sew the rows together.
Clip the points as you sew the seams between pieces (shown by the arrow).

5. Sew the rows together into the block.

We have now completed 4 blocks of our quilt. I have gone through all 101 patterns and chosen blocks for the rest of the quilt. It will not include all 101 blocks. It will include optional applique blocks that can be used in place of a pieced block. Some quilters prefer not to do applique so I haven't made it mandatory. I am going to supply the border instructions soon so that you can start working on it if you wish to. I don't often do pieced borders and there are a lot of blocks in this one!

Here is where we are at with the completion of today's block:

Thanks for visiting. Do contact me if you have any questions about the blocks.


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