Shoofly Pie | Scrap Happy Star Quilt

Shoofly Pie | Scrap Happy Star Quilt

Whip together this quilt using two simple blocks—the Shoofly and the Half-Square Triangle. The blocks are created from either dark or light fabrics and arranged on the diagonal, resulting in a strong graphic design with a Mildly Decent country appeal.

“Shoofly Pie,” designed and pieced by Cheryl Wall, machine quilted by Linda Lang

Finished quilt: 70” x 70” Finished block: 6” x 6”

Materials

Yardage is based on 42”-wide fabric.

  • 2⅞ yards total of assorted dark prints and plaids for blocks and setting
  • triangles
  • 2⅞ yards total of assorted light prints and plaids for blocks and setting
  • triangles
  • 1 yard of dark plaid for outer border
  • ⅜ yard of light print for inner border
  • 1 square, 10” x 10”, of black print for border corner squares
  • ⅝ yard of fabric for binding
  • 4½ yards of fabric for backing
  • 78” x 78” piece of batting

Cutting

All measurements include ¼”-wide seam allowances.

From the assorted dark prints and plaids, cut a total of:

  • 24 sets of 5 matching squares, 2½” x 2½” (120 total)
  • 24 sets of 8 matching squares, 2½” x 2½” (192 total)
  • 7 squares, 5⅛” x 5⅛”; cut in half diagonally to yield 14 triangles
  • 21 squares, 6⅞” x 6⅞”; cut 3 in half diagonally to yield 6 triangles

From the assorted light prints and plaids, cut a total of:

  • 25 sets of 5 matching squares, 2½” x 2½” (125 total)
  • 25 sets of 8 matching squares, 2½” x 2½” (200 total)
  • 7 squares, 5⅛” x 5⅛”; cut in half diagonally to yield 14 triangles
  • 21 squares, 6⅞” x 6⅞”; cut 3 in half diagonally to yield 6 triangles

From the light inner-border print, cut:

  • 7 strips, 1½” x 42”
  • From the black print, cut:
  • 4 squares, 4½” x 4½”

From the dark plaid for the outer border, cut:

  • 7 strips, 4½” x 42”

From the binding fabric, cut:

  • 8 strips, 2¼” x 42”

Making the Shoofly Blocks

Directions are written for making one block at a time. After sewing each seam, press the seam allowances in the direction indicated by the arrows.

1 Choose five matching dark 2½” squares and eight matching 2½” squares from a contrasting dark fabric.

2 Pair four dark 2½” squares with four 2½” squares of a contrasting dark fabric, right sides together. Sew the pairs together to make four half-square-triangle units.

3 Arrange the half-square-triangle units and the remaining 2½” squares in rows as shown. Sew the squares in each row together, and then sew the rows together.

4 Repeat steps 1–3 to make 24 dark Shoofly blocks.

5 Repeat steps 1–3 using light fabrics to make 25 light Shoofly blocks.

Pleasing Pairings

When using two different dark or light fabrics in one block, you can create interest by pairing prints with stripes or plaids in different colors.

Making the Half-Square Triangle Blocks

1 With right sides together, pair one dark 6⅞” square with one 6⅞” square of a contrasting dark fabric. On the wrong side of one of the squares, draw a diagonal line with a fine pencil.

2 Sew ¼” from each side of the diagonal line. Cut apart along the line to make blocks. Press seam allowances toward the darker fabric.

3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make 18 dark Half-Square Triangle blocks.

4 Repeat steps 1 and 2 using light fabrics to make 18 light Half-Square Triangle blocks.

Assembling the Quilt Top

1 Using triangles cut from 5⅛” squares, pair 12 dark and 12 light triangles as shown and sew them together, making six dark and six light pieced setting triangles.

2 Arrange the blocks and setting triangles in diagonal rows as shown. The pieced setting triangles should be positioned along the top and bottom edges of the quilt.

3 Sew the squares and setting triangles in each row together. When sewing the pieces in the upper rows together, sew from the bottom edge toward the top edge. When sewing the setting triangles to the blocks, begin sewing at the triangle’s right-angle corner rather than from the triangle point.

4 Sew the rows together, matching the seam intersections.

5 Sew the remaining 5⅛” triangles to the corners. Handle the quilt top gently to avoid stretching the sides of the quilt. Square up the corners, if necessary.

Adding the Borders

1 Sew the light 1½”-wide inner-border strips together end to end. Measure the width of the quilt top through the center and cut two inner-border strips to that length. Sew the strips to the top and bottom edges of the quilt top.

2 Measure the length of the quilt top, including the borders just added, and cut two inner-border strips to that length. Sew the strips to the sides of the quilt top.

3 Sew the dark 4½”-wide outer-border strips together end to end. Measure the length and width of the quilt top through the center and cut four outer-border strips to those measurements. Sew the strips to the top and bottom edges of the quilt top.

4 Sew a black-print 4½” square to each end of the two remaining outer border strips. Sew these strips to the sides of the quilt top, matching the seam intersections.

Finishing the Quilt

1 Layer, baste, and quilt your quilt, or take it to your favorite long-arm machine quilter for finishing.

2 Using the 2¼”-wide strips, make and attach the binding.

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