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Project: Wonky Shoo Fly Table Runner

By Natalie Barnes


Table Runner Size: 24″ x 72″


This traditional pattern has been made just a little more wonky – and fun – by changing the scale of the pieces of the block, and by setting the blocks in a topsy turvy manner!


This quilt is made by selecting a scrappy collection of background fabrics such as batiks and prints, and adding a series of contrasting scrappy fabric for the accent fabrics.  For this project, I used Homeward, by Windham Fabrics, and Island Home, by Anthology Fabrics.


What you’ll need:

Accent Fabrics:  7 fat quarters

Background Fabric:  6 fat quarters

(or more, if you’d like your project a bit more scrappy!!)

Binding Fabric:  1/2 yard

Backing Fabric:  1-2/3 (with 3″ overage)


OLFA 6-1/2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6S)

OLFA 6″ x 24″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-6X24)

OLFA 45mm Quick Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/NS)

OLFA 28mm Quick-Blade Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-1/C)

OLFA 24″ x 36″ Double-Sided Rotary Mat (RM-MG)

OLFA 5″ Stainless Steel Serrated Edge Scissors (SCS-1) 


Aurifil variegated medium grey thread for piecing – 50 wt.

Sewing machine



Cutting Diagrams:

Cutting instructions show best utilization layout for a fat quarter; yardage is based on fat quarters measuring 18″ x 20″.

Make the required number of pieces indicated for the selected project size.


Half Square Triangles:

NOTE:  One background fabric square and one accent fabric square will yield two half square triangles!!


Select one background fabric and one accent fabric and place them right sides together.


Using a straight edge and soft pencil, draw a line from corner to opposite corner.

Stitch 1/4″ to the left and 1/4″ to the right of the pencil line.

Using your OLFA ruler and rotary cutter, cut along the pencil line.

Flip triangle edge open and press each half square triangle toward the accent fabric.  You have now made two matching half square triangles.


These half square triangles will be larger than your trimmed size.  Using your OLFA ruler and smaller rotary cutter, trim your triangles to the size noted in the cutting instructions.

You will have the best accuracy by making your block units larger and trimming them.

Continue making small and large half square triangles until you have the desired quantity for your project.


Half Rectangle Triangles:

CLUE:  Make both a left and a right half rectangle triangle for each block – refer to Cutting Diagram table for quantity of each for block, and for the finished runner project.


Create triangles for half rectangle triangles by first cutting all rectangles from corner to opposite corner – half of them left to right and half of them right to left.  REMEMBER:  You will need to make left AND right pieces!!


To create half rectangle triangles, sew a background fabric triangle to an accent fabric triangle as shown.  Remember to offset your points by 1/4″.  Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Using your OLFA ruler, trim rectangles to the size noted in the cutting instructions.  The key is creating an 1/8″ offset on the top and bottom edges of the rectangles.  Your seams on a half rectangle triangle must be 1/8″ from the corner.


Final Piecing:


For each 24-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ big square, you will need three (3) “left” shoo fly blocks and one “right” shoo fly block.  These four (4) blocks will make one big 24-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ square.  This project will take two big squares.



Binding yardage is given for 2-1/4″ straight grain double fold binding.  Cut the required number of 2-1/4″ strips from fabric; trim selvage from the strips.  Piece the strips together at a 45 degree angle by placing the short edge of the strips perpendicular to each other and sewing from corner to corner.  Trim the excess fabric to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance, and press seams open to eliminate bulk.  With wrong sides together, press binding in half lengthwise.


Trim selvages from backing yardage and piece the backing together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press seams open to reduce bulk.


Layer finished quilt top, batting and backing; baste and quilt as desired.  Trim to make square after quilting.


Attach binding to quilt, and secure using either a quilted binding, or running stitch, with Aurifil 12 wt, or attach with Aurifil 50 wt using a blind hem stitch.


Remember to put a label on your quilt, and to save a little fabric from your project, for a mending kit!


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