SEWING QUILT BLOCKS





Lay out all the squares

Lay out all the squares

The trick with sewing quilt blocks is to find the short cuts that speed up the process.  Teh Shoofly beginner quilt is made from only twenty five blocks but even that can take quite some time.

First of all lay out all the quilt block pieces as they will appear in the finished quilt block.  I usually make piles of about half a dozen of each piece to work from.

 

Sew the triangles together first

Sew the triangles together first

 

Quilt blocks are usually sewn from top left across the top row.  Then the squares are sewn together within each row and finally the rows of the quilt block are sewn to each other.  However in this quilt block there are four squares made by combining a white and blue triangle and it makes sense to sew these squares first.

 

Chain sewing saves time

Chain sewing saves time

With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam, sew a blue triangle and white triangle together along the long edge.  Chain sewing quite a few at a time saves time.  Click on chain sewing for more information.

 

 

 

Sewing the rows together

Sew a blue square to the triangle square

Sew a blue square to the triangle square

Add another triangle square

Add another triangle square

Now take a blue square and sew it to one of the triangle squares, again with right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam.  The 1/4″ seam is important because if your seam width varies then your blocks will not fit together neatly.

Add another triangle square to the other side of the blue square and your first row of the quilt block is complete.

 

Middle row of the shoofly quilt block

Middle row of the shoofly quilt block

 

The middle row is straightforward enough:  a blue square either side of a white square.  The third of the shoofly quilt block is the same as the first row, but just positioned upside down compared with the first row.

 

 

Pin at the seams

Pin at the seams

 

In order to sew the top row to the middle row, flip the top row down over the middle row, right sides together.  Pin at each seam so that you know that the seams from each row match each other and that the seam allowances on each row go in different directions from each other to reduce bulk.

 

The finished shoofly quilt block

The finished shoofly quilt block

The colours reversed for the centre block

The colours reversed for the centre block

Now sew the third to the top two in the same way.  I was going to sew all the quilt blocks the same, but I swapped the colours on one block to add a little interest.  This will be the centre block of the beginner quilt

 

 

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Comments

  1. sandra burgin says:

    thank you for your easy to follow instructions I am a complete novice

    • Hi Sandra. Don’t worry – it won’t be long before you are as hooked as the rest of us! I would sugges a small project like a baby quilt to begin with just to familiarise yourself with the techniques. Good luck.

  2. this has really helped me as I thought I knew what I was doing but your tutorials have really helped me thank you.

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