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"Afternoon Delight" was one of Sue Garman's favorite patterns. This wonderfully scrappy quilt is truly a delight to make with its combination of simple appliqué and Double Nine-Patch blocks and modified Shoo Fly blocks. Each month you will work on pieced and appliquéd blocks, and in the final month, you will assemble the blocks and add the outer border. The finished quilt measures approximately 86 1/2" inches square.

Let's use this Topic "Afernoon Delight Show and Tell" as a place to show off your beautiful blocks. That way, you know where to come to see what everyone is doing.

The topics that apply to each month are a good place to ask questions or make suggestions for each block.

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TOPIC: Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks

Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 29 Jan 2020 11:12 #146915

I am a bit OCD so I went ahead and finished all 9 blocks. Now starting on the 4 applique blocks, I will machine applique them.
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 25 Jan 2020 16:02 #146889

Ok, so I started cutting and sewing for Afternoon delight. I gave some thought and went ahead and cut 40 8 inch squares for the applique blocks. Then I started with one shoo fly block and to my amazement....it came out at 7 1/4" . Having a little party here. I have vowed this year to sew out of my stash. It has to be done sometime and I don't want some one else to enjoy my stash, lol. I'm not sure how far it will go, but I imagine until September or so.
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 25 Jan 2020 12:30 #146887

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I think as busy as the quilt is, it won't matter in the end. If it bothers you, now would be the time to fix it, or do all of them like these two. I like to look at instructions more as guidelines, and not set in stone that is HAS to be a certain way. In the end this is YOUR quilt, so you get to decide if you want to take some liberties in following exactly the instructions or do your own thing.

Diane in Colorado Springs
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 25 Jan 2020 12:19 #146886

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I made my Shoo Fly blocks. I thought that they came out really well, but then I realized that I had the small 4 patches oriented in random directions and not perpendicular to the center square. Will that be a problem going forward? Should I take the blocks apart and redo them? If I leave these 2, should I do the remaining 7 with the orientation perpendicular or should I let the orientation be random? I'm just not sure what the overall look will be from the picture. thanks for the help
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 15 Jan 2020 20:58 #146806

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Meegwat,
I really like your block. It is charming. It is lively and has a lot of interest.

Judy Austin
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 15 Jan 2020 08:47 #146799

Meegwat, beautiful. You did a great job on it.
Last Edit: 15 Jan 2020 08:48 by MarshaRegan.
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 13 Jan 2020 06:24 #146754

Meegwat, it really won’t make any difference. Look at it from across the room—it is fine.

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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 12 Jan 2020 23:18 #146753

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Boy did I struggle with this one. Cut and ripped so many times. Then I thought I had it and I did a perfect job. As I looked closer my fabrics didn't match! Argh. I think I will leave it anyway. Probably won't make much of a difference in the long run
The instructions weren't simple for me. I had to rewrite it for my brain.
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Month 1, Week 1–Shoo Fly Blocks Tips Summary 09 Jan 2020 12:58 #146725

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Helen,
Great summary of tips. Thank you.

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Month 1, Week 1–Shoo Fly Blocks Tips Summary 08 Jan 2020 10:27 #146715

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I jotted down some notes on all the great tips that have been posted. Then I thought maybe the list could help some of the other quilters doing Afternoon Delight. So here it goes.
1. Accuracy--Cut a plastic template to use for trimming blocks to size. Template plastic 7 1/4 square. Mark horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines on it. Place center point on center point of block. Mark, then use ruler to cut to size. Oversize your patches when cutting fabric, and trim to Perfection after stitching.
2. Use heavy starch on fabric for more accurate cutting of patch sizes and flatter blocks.
3. 4 patch in Shoo Fly block-- Line up points on the corner triangles with seam going down the middle of the 4 patch for placement of the triangle.
4. Soak Blocks as you go rather than the whole quilt at the end. Soak and swish, do not throw in washing machine.
5. Pressing flat block intersections, swirl intersection of seams in both the 4 patches and the intersection of joining rows on the shoo fly block.
6.Using the Precision pressing pen and glue helps with flat blocks.
7. Take a screen shot of Margo and Barbara's posts of the pictures of the back of their blocks. Print and keep at ironing board when making shoo fly blocks.
If I missed some suggestions sorry, I am learning so many new ideas I just love this forum.
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Pressing the shoo fly seams 07 Jan 2020 14:08 #146706

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Barbara and Margo,
Thank you for the pictures of the back of the blocks. I would have been repressing almost all my seams. Your method is so clean and
great for making the intersection flat. I took a screen shot of the pictures and printed it out so I could put it by my iron. HelenW
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 07 Jan 2020 10:42 #146702

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Thank you Margo and Barbara for the responses. I never thought to twirl the seams when sewing rows together, but do it all the time for 4 patches.
As I was finishing up my shoo fly block yesterday, the final seams didn't want to easily go towards the 4 patch units and that is what got me thinking about what direction they needed to be pressed. I didn't want to have to go back and press them all the opposite way, when we finally get to the double 9 patch blocks, and found out they wouldn't nest well. I will have to remind myself that the double 9 patch blocks have all the seams going away from the small 9 patch other than the center one, and that should help me while pressing the shoo fly blocks.

The BOM has barely started and I have already learned something new... twirling seams for rows, not just 4 patches.

Margo, the back of your block looks so nice and neat, I hope my blocks can look that good when I'm done with them all. :-) And if all your blocks are pressed like in your picture, they are exactly like Barbara's blocks, so I don't think you need to change the direction on any of your pressed seams.

Diane in Colorado Springs
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 07 Jan 2020 09:52 #146701

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Thanks Barbara! Good to know!


It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 07 Jan 2020 08:41 #146700

Adele, someone asked this question on the Month 1 blog--I answered there.

It is better to have these discussions here so everyone can find them. I'll watch for that in the future.

Thanks for reading the blog--it's how I "teach" this quilt this year.

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