Shoo Fly and Churn Dash quilts are so much fun. It's amazing how many variations are possible with this simple Amish pattern. Other names include "Monkey Wrench" and "Hole in the Barn Door". Here are some free patterns!
Candy Cane Quilt, free pattern by Darlene Zimmerman for All People Quilt
A churn dash block is similar to a nine patch, but the four corners are made with half-square triangles
instead of squares. Strips of red connect the four triangles.
Holding On To Summer, approx. 38 x 49", free pattern by Karen Gibbs for Anthology Fabrics
Bursting in Air quilt, approx 62 x 72", free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics
In this Shoo Fly block you can see the underlying nine-patch design. This block variation has no connecting strips.
Shoofly Lullaby quilt, 40 x 58", free pattern by Nannette Berkley at Kona Bay Fabrics
Churn Dash baby quilt, inspired by "Sash and Dash" by Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth, free pattern at All People Quilt
Shoo Fly blocks look very different when they are set on point, as you can see in the Twisted Churn Dashes quilt below:
Twisted Churn Dashes quilt, approx 29 x 36", inspired by a quilt from collector Pam Buda, free pattern at All People Quilt
Colossal Churn Dash quilt with 12" blocks, 56 x 68", free pattern by Katie Hennagir
Hourglass Stars wall hanging, inspired by "Spiced Cider" by Jan Ragaller, free pattern at All People Quilt
Bed of Roses Quick Quilt, 82 x 97", free pattern by Brenda Plaster at Quilt Mag
Classic Colors quiltt, free pattern at Robert Kaufman
Blooming Batiks wall hanging, approx 37"square, inspired by the "Garden Medallion" pattern by Kim Diehl, free pattern at All People Quilt (note: the center applique pattern download requires a free registration)
Amish Glow quilt, 62 x 74", pattern by John Kubiniec at Big Rig Quilting; free lap quilt pattern download at McCall's Quilting
John Kubiniec says: "I used a pack of Blue Lagoon from Cherrywood Fabrics for the blues in this quilt, the other fabrics (Black, Grey, Pink) are Kona Solids."
Holiday Churn Dash quilt, approx 45"square, inspired by the "Sweet and Simple" pattern by Brenda Hawkes, free pattern at All People Quilt
Pastoral Countryside, approx 42"square, free pattern by Laura Boehnke at All People Quilt
Can you tell that "Pastoral Countryside" is really a Churn Dash Quilt? You can see it better when the blocks are separated:
"Pastoral Countryside" is a free web bonus; it is a small version of the Butter Churn quilt which was featured in the February 2013 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, shown below:
Annandale Quilt, 78 x 78" by Candy Hargrove, fabric by Jo Morton, free pattern at Andover Fabrics
In the Annandale quilt shown above, churn dash blocks alternate with plain and border-print squares. We also like the flying geese border.
Tic Tac Toe quilt, 50 x 60", free pattern with shoo fly and star blocks by Diane Nagle for RJR Fabrics
Shoo Fly bed quilt, approx 58 x 87", free pattern by Malka Dubrawsky as seen at Lark Crafts: also see the tutorial at Sew Mama Sew
Giant Block Throw, 75"square, free pattern inspired by Malka Dubrawsky for All People Quilt (each of the four blocks measures approximately 35" square!)
This free pattern, above, it is a small version of the Supersize Shoo Fly quilt by Malka Dubrawsky, which was featured in the August 2012 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine:
Skinny Churn Dash blocks by Corey Yoder at Little Miss Shabby; see the tutorial at Hoosier Toni
Wrench It Up! quilt, free pattern by Scott Hansen for the "Be a Man" collection at Free Spirit Fabric
Shown below is a humorous take on the "Monkey Wrench": a "Wrench Set" quilt (very manly!)
Wrench Set quilt, approx 57 x 78", free pattern by Cate Tallman-Evans for Quilt Mag
Last but not least, how about some Wonky or Liberated Shoo Fly blocks ?
Three Ways to Wonkify a Traditional Quilt Block (Shoo Fly) tutorial for the April 2010 Block Lotto by Jean-Sophie Wood at Sophie Junction
Traditional Shoo Fly block (above, left); liberated shoo fly block (right)
Wonky Churn Dash block tutorial at Urban Stitches
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