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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.

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TOPIC: Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks

Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 07 Jan 2020 08:37 #146699

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Margo, the Kit should have a 3.25 yard piece of border fabric and a .75 yard piece--the smaller piece is for the binding. As long as you don't cut off more than a half yard from the long piece, you will still have enough length of border fabric to cut long borders, parallel to the selvedge, so you don't have to piece the borders.

The Kit is generous but you don't want to run out.

Thanks for mentioning this. In my quilt the border fabric was not used in the quilt blocks at all, only in the borders.

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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 07 Jan 2020 08:32 #146698

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PRESSING SHOO FLY BLOCKS:

I will address this in the Month 2 blog for everyone to read but it is a legitimate question that deserves a bit of discussion now.

The Shoo Fly blocks will all join Double Nine Patch blocks and we would like those side-by-side seams to nest.

I twirled the seams, as Margo did in her photo, so they will look like this when being sewn into the quilt top--in December:


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Here are two Shoo Fly blocks, pressed and unpressed--it is difficult to press those seams against the four patch blocks, I used sizing or Best Press to take charge:


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I usually press seams the way they most want to go but it is good to plan ahead for good pressing. Since these blocks are symmetrical you can simply rotate them a quarter turn when laying out the blocks. Of course, that might mean the dog fabric in the Kit is sometimes on its' head, but that's just life, right?

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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 07 Jan 2020 07:36 #146697

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I “twirled” my seam allowances just like the 4-patch intersections, and think they will nest perfectly with the adjoining 9-patch blocks. I am working with kit fabric and hope I didn’t shoot myself in the foot from the get-go by using the red border fabric for all of my shoo-fly blocks! :whistle:

EDITED- now that I look at the seams, I think I need to re-press half of them in order for them nest. This is making my brain hurt! :(

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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 06 Jan 2020 21:07 #146695

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Hello

I have seen this somewhere about the seam direction. Did you watch the Quilt Show video. I'm sure it was on there.

Adele :)
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 06 Jan 2020 18:37 #146694

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I couldn't find the information I'm looking for in the instructions, unless I missed it, and wanted to know if there is a preference in which direction to press the seams when sewing the rows together to finish the block. Sue mentions the direction to press when working on the 4 patch blocks, but I didn't see any mention of which direction to press the final seams. As I did each row, I pressed towards the HST units or the Center square, but I'm not sure which direction would be best for the final two seams. Since they are going to be next to the double 9 Patches, we would want the seams to nest, so which would be the preferred pressing direction for the final seams in the block?

Thank you,
Diane in Colorado Springs.
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Month 1 One of the four applique blocks 01 Jan 2020 11:31 #146568

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I thought I would do a couple sample blocks to see what technique I will use for applique. This one is turned edge with a glue stick and using the Applique Rods.
I used a 1.0-1.0 zigzag with thread matching the applique piece. I am going to take Barbara advice to wash the block and then I am
going to try Ricky Tims cross the thread in front of the needle couching technique that was in the intro of Appliquick show 1912.
Going to wait for Barbara's blog on the applique before trying any more. HelenW
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 01 Jan 2020 07:23 #146560

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Helen, I would press to the darker fabric, to minimize “shadowing” as you mention.

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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 01 Jan 2020 07:15 #146559

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Barbara,
Your sample Shoo Fly blocks on your blog are all great looking. Since you need 9 I would use them all. Love the idea to oversize and trim to perfection.
Should make a huge improvement in accuracy when you think about how many small pieces there are in the quilt. When you said in the video to press to the dark and
put the dark at the top, and the light background at the bottom, if I am using a dark background, do I press to the light and just make sure my dark seams don't
peak out under the lighter pieces? HelenW
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Month 1, Part 1–Shoo Fly Blocks 01 Jan 2020 06:20 #146558

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Welcome to our new block of the month project—Afternoon Delight.

My blog with Detailed information on Shoo Fly blocks:

bbquiltmaker.blogspot.com/2020/01/afternoon-delight-month-1-part-1.html

Tomorrow my blog will give you detailed info on the Month 1 Appliqué blocks.

Ask all your Month 1 questions here— I check this Forum frequently.

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