How to make a Rail Fence Block Quilt

quilt04openingpicI just love taking a quilt class and making quilts that take me 9 months to make when I am expecting the babies…  This is one that I made for Ella when we were waiting for her.  She is now 11 and it still looks great.  Maybe even better now that is has been well loved!  Here are the directions….

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Finished Quilt Size 41 1/2″ x 53 1/2″

Number of Blocks and Finished Size 35 Rail Fence Blocks 6″ x 6″

Fabric Requirements … Butterfly novelty print (blocks) 2 yards

… Pink novelty print (blocks, border, binding) 1 3/4 yards … Yellow print (blocks) 5/8 yard … Green print (blocks) 1/2 yard … Backing (piece widthwise) 2 3/4 yards … Batting Crib size

Other Materials … Sewing thread … Monofilament thread (machine quilting)

Cutting the Fabric … Pink novelty print *4 strips 6″ x 45″, cut on lengthwise grain … 6 strips 2 1/2″ x width of fabric (WOF) … Yellow print 6 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF … Green print 6 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF *Cut first

Step 1. Sew pink novelty print, yellow print, and 2 1/2″ x WOF green print strips together. Make 6. Press in direction of arrows. Cut 35 segments 6 12′ wide to make Rail Fence Blocks.

Step 2. Arrange and sew 7 rows of 5 blocks each, rotating Rail Fence Blocks as shown. Sew rows together. Sew pink novelty print 6″ x 45″ strips to sides; trim even with top and bottom. Sew remaining blue strips to top/bottom; trim even with sides.

Step 3. Layer and baste quilt top for quilting method of your choice. The pink novelty print in the blocks was machine quilted in the ditch. A meandering butterfly design was added on the butterfly blocks. Border quilting lines (spaced 2″ apart, extending from the Rail Fence Block seams) run random in the borders, squaring up in the corners. Bind quilt with butterfly novelty print fabric.


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