The shoofly block, as with so many quilt blocks, has a history. It is said that this symbol was used to denote a sympathiser when slaves were escaping to the north. If the shoofly was displayed, then that was a safe house. The more I find out about quilting history, the more I want to know. It really is a fascinating subject.
Anyway the real point of my choosing this quilt block for the beginner quilt was because it is a simple pattern but introduces half square triangles. It is classified as a nine patch block.
For each block you will need four 4.1/2″ blue squares, one 4.1/2″ cream squares and four squares made up of a triangle each of blue and cream. These are made from 4.7/8″ squares. They have to be larger than the other squares to allow for the fabric used up in the seam down the diagonal.
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