My Choice: Shoofly
There are a trillion blocks I have never sewn, but I am so glad I decided on this one. What do I like? VERY little waste for one. And the pieces are all the same size so I can cut a lot at once from a fat quarter and know how many blocks I can make from those pieces.
Actually I make the triangles first, the easy way.
I first cut a 9 inch square from two fabrics, place them right sides together and draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner, as pictured here.
Then I stitch 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Thank heaven I have a quarter inch foot on my machine. Then I cut the square in half, turn and cut in half again, resulting in four equal squares with stitching down the diagonal of each.
Cut the square diagonally on the drawn line and open up to reveal a perfect (for me) half square triangle.
Measure that finished square and cut the remaining pieces of the block that size and you're ready to sew.
I know I will need 54 blocks for my bed quilt, and there are three more days in this quilt along. If I made 18 a day ( for two more days) and sewed them all together on the last day I will have finished SEVEN tops this month! Not counting Full Sails. I think this is a good use of February and may have to make this an annual event.
The thought of quilting them some day in the future has come up, more than once. I no longer have a work surface big enough to layout larger quilts for basting. And my knees won't do the floor type. I am going to contact several longarm quilters and see if they will do the prep work of basting the quilt, and then I will do the actual quilting.
One more thing. Yesterday I diddled away for hours online looking at this site on Flickr. Fresh Modern Quilts. It contains over 7900 quilt pictures of pretty darn wonderful semi-traditional-semi-contemporary pieced quilts. So very inspiring and I suggest you allow a few days time to review them all. I know about 28 I want to make right away!