Shoo Fly was introduced around 1870 and marked the beginning of 9 patch layouts and half square triangles. Our Shoo-Fly takes advantage of our EZ Build Half Square Triangles© and is Totally pieced in the hoop and quilted in the hoop.





Shoo Fly is one of the seventeen blocks considered to be part of the communication system used by the Underground Railroad.

Although unproven, many believe that quilts were hung on clotheslines and draped over porch railings to send messages to fleeing slaves.

As the slaves traveled north, spotting a quilt made with the Shoo Fly pattern allowed the slaves to identify a person that might guide or help them; a person who helped slaves escape along the Underground Railroad and knew the codes.

This quilt-in-the-hoop block has also  been published as:

“The Eight-Cornered Box”, (The American Farmer 1896)

“Fence Row, (Kansas City Star, 1931)

“Fifty-Four Forty or Fight”, Nancy Cabot, Chicago City Tribune

Step it up a notch with new fabric choices and you will love what you can do with this block.


  • EZ Build Half Square Triangle©
  • Machine instructions for 5 and 8 inch blocks
  • Complete step by step instructions with photos of every step from hooping to binding
  • Block for use with Electric Quilt
  • BONUS:
    Quilt Design – Paisley Flourish Variation 1
    Interchangeable Quilt only designs for plain or unpieced 5 and 8 inch blocks.

Available for instant download in 5 and 8 inch blocks
File Formats:
PES, VIP, VP3, HUS, JEF, EXP, SHV, DST, Singer Triple X

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