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Shoofly Quilt Block Pattern

Shoofly Quilt Block (Variation)

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Shoo Fly Quilt Block Variation

I honestly wasn't sure what to call this quilt block, because there are at least ten traditional blocks that are very similar to it. It can be called an "O," but I'm stubborn enough to want a longer name. The Shoo Fly quilt block is a fairly close match, so let's go with that -- but we'll make a few adjustments to the Shoo Fly's standard color value arrangement.

The Shoo Fly variation quilt block is assembled with a combination of squares and half-square triangle units that are arranged to create a somewhat floral-like appearance.

If you're making the Shoo Fly variation for a quilt block swap, be sure to follow the swap guidelines for size, color and value placement. Those elements might differ a bit from these instructions.

Cutting Chart for Three Shoo Fly Variation Sizes

12-inch Square Finished Quilt Blocks

Block Center (shown as yellow):

  • one 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square

"Floral" Elements (shown as pink):

  • four 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares
  • two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares

Neutral Background (shown as white):

  • two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares

9-inch Square Finished Quilt Blocks

Block Center (shown as yellow):

  • one 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square

"Floral" Elements (shown as pink):

  • four 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
  • two 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

Neutral Background (shown as white):

  • two 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares

6-inch Square Finished Quilt Blocks

Block Center (shown as yellow):

  • one 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square

"Floral" Elements (shown as pink):

  • four 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
  • two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

Neutral Background (shown as white):

  • two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

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