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Shoofly Stars Tabletop Quilt

Create a tabletop quilt using Shoofly units and Sawtooth Star blocks. For a scrappier look, use a variety of prints for the rectangles in the Flying Geese units and the corner squares. Fabrics are from Jennifer Young’s Modern Mix collection for Benartex.


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Cut and Assemble Blocks

The following instructions result in one block. Repeat cutting and assembly steps to make a total of four blocks.

From print No. 1 (blue, green, or brown), cut:
2—2-5/8" squares
4—1x2-1/4" rectangles

From print No. 2 (blue or green), cut:
8—2-1/2" squares

From print No. 3 (green or brown), cut:
2—2-5/8" squares
1—1" square

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each print No. 1—2-5/8" square and print No. 2—2-1/2" square.

2. Layer each marked print No. 1—2-5/8" square atop a print No. 3—2-5/8" square. Sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1).

3. Cut a pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units (Diagram 1). Open triangle units and press seams toward print No. 3 to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 2-1/4" square including seam allowances. Repeat with remaining pair to make four matching triangle-squares total.

4. Referring to Diagram 2, lay out triangle-squares, print No. 1—1x2-1/4" rectangles, and print No. 3—1" square in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams open. Join rows to make a Shoofly unit; press seams open. The unit should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances.

5. Align a marked print No. 2—2-1/2" square with one end of a tan floral 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 3). Stitch on marked line and trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press attached triangle open, pressing seam toward tan floral.

6. Align a second marked print No. 2—2-1/2" square with remaining end of Step 5 tan floral rectangle. Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit (Diagram 3). The unit should be 4-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make four Flying Geese units total.

8. Lay out Shoofly unit, Flying Geese units, and four tan floral 2-1/2" squares in three rows (Diagram 4). Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams open. Join rows to make a Sawtooth Star block; press seams open. The block should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances.