Monday, July 9, 2012
tutorial: shoo fly using layer cakes
Shoo fly is one of my favorite blocks. I was thinking about creative ways to make them using precuts and came up with this idea using layer cakes. Since you will have one finished block per 10 inch square, you can make a lot of blocks from one stack of fabric.
For this tutorial, I'm using a couple squares I had left over from Isa's quilt.
You will need 2 - 10" of fabric. You should pick two that contrast with each other since they will work together to form two blocks. Here, I'm using an orange print and a pink floral print.
You will have four 4" squares in the corner, 4x2" rectangles, and a 2" square in the center.
Flip the right column onto the centers and pin. Note that there is extra fabric on the long rectangles in the center. This is because we didn't trim down for seam allowances - we'll do that later. For now, align the pieces to at the center of the block.
Repeat with left side, aligning pieces towards the block center and pinning.
Now we need to put these together!
Sew the center to the bottom row and press open.
They are inverse images of each other. How cute!
Blocks finish at 8 1/4" (7 3/4" sewn in finished)
There are a lot of fun things you can make with these blocks. Have fun and send me pictures!