Today I’m very excited to be sharing with you the February Quilt Block of the Month. This month we are making a fun Shoo Fly Quilt Block!
This is block #6 of 12 (yippee! we are half way through). The Shoo Fly Block uses simple squares and 4 Half Square Triangles to make a block with a lot of possible fabric combinations.
If you’re playing along be sure to share your finished blocks on social media with the hashtag #PolkaDotChairBlocks (if you have a private IG account, hashtags won’t work for you, so share it to my Facebook instead) , I’m on Instagram as @Polkadotchair or you can also share it right to my Facebook Page (you can post a photo over there)
If you missed it be sure to check out this post offering tips and trick to picking out fabric for a quilt. You can find an index to all the posts in this quilt block series to date by clicking here.
UPDATE: You can now purchase a PDF with ALL of the block instructions for each month in one place!! Click here to PURCHASE
Hello! Happy Leap Day everyone!! I was surprised this morning how many of my friends have birthday’s today, I never realized there were so many “leap babies” (the things you learn from Facebook *wink*). Posting these blocks on the last day or two of the month takes on new meaning when there are only 29 days in the month. If there were 28 the discrepancy in the posting dates would be even larger!
Many of you have asked when to expect the next block in the series. The blocks always post the last day or two of the month, since that is how it started in September when the series began. My intention was to post the blocks beginning/mid month but after I started writing the first tutorial I realized that I would need to cover some background first before I “dove” into the instructions. I know that many of you are new to quilting and I didn’t want anyone to get lost. So I pushed back the blocks to the end of September so they would be room on the calendar for the How to Pick Fabric for a Quilt and Quilting Basics posts.
Okay, enough with the chit chat! Let’s start sewing! This month we are using the basic “grid” pattern with a few half square triangles (HST) to make what is referred to as a Shoo Fly Quilt Block. This block is really fun because you have the opportunity to use all the same fabric, or 3 different fabrics on the block. You can also do a monochromatic color scheme like I did, or something more dramatic.
Before you start to cut, look at the blocks you’ve made so far and see if your colors are balanced. Do you have too much of one color and maybe not enough of another? I know for the quilt for my teenage son, that this month I need to pull some more kelley green into my block. Since this is the half way point in construction it would be a good time to evaluate where you stand.