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April’s block is Super Fly

I had so much fun with the Little Bit Different Block of the Month in 2023, that I had to continue with a part 2. For the next six months, I will be sharing all-new patterns to add to the Little Bit Different Collection. Remember, these blocks are not square – they finish at 6″ by 9″. We’re kicking things off with Super Fly, the little-bit-different version of the classic Shoo Fly block.

Download the pattern HERE. It is free for the month of April, 2024!

Quilting a Little Bit Different

Super Fly is a nine-patch block that incorporates half-rectangle triangles. I have some tips for you if you have never worked with HRT units.

First, start by cutting your fabric about an inch larger than the unfinished size of your components.

green and purple fabric squares

Make your HRT units by first cutting the diagonals on the uphill or downhill. (Refer to pattern for specific sizes/numbers of each.) When you sew, look for the mountain peaks.

triangles for super fly quilt block sewing half rectangle triangle units

Press HRTs open to reduce bulk in the corners.

pile of quilt blocks next to an iron

Trim the HRT units to the correct size. The Little Bit Different ruler comes in very handy for this step of the process!

trimming HRT units

Super Fly, a Nine Patch Block

The Super Fly block is constructed as a nine patch, with the half-rectangle units in the corners. I press away from the HRTs, always trying to minimize bulk in the block. Steam, starched fabric, and a wool pressing mat are all good ways to increase the likelihood of flat patchwork.

super fly quilt block

I chose a springtime color palette of green and purple. I can imagine a scrappy wuilt with a wild bouquet of yellow, pink, and even some orange and blue. What color story would you choose for these blocks?

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