The rail fence quilt pattern is perfect for beginners. Begin by sewing strips of fabric together, cut them apart into squares and then rotate them to make a pattern for your quilt.
This quilt pattern goes together quickly, without any fussy piecing. Try different fabric combinations for totally different looks – even great for using up scraps. The key is to look at the value of your fabrics to make sure that you have enough contrast to show the design.
Can you make a rail fence quilt from a jelly roll?
Yes! Starting with a jelly roll makes this quilt even quicker – and you know your fabrics will coordinate! I pulled together some solids from a jelly roll for a simple lap quilt.
I picked a light, medium and dark value from six different solid color fabrics.
Start by sewing each of the strip sets together with the dark on one side, medium in the middle and light value on the other side. The strip sets are sewn together and ready to be pressed.
After pressing the strip sets, cut each strip set into square blocks. Jelly roll strip sets are 2-1/2 inches wide. Three strips sewn together make a 6-1/2 inch wide strip of fabric. Cut each strip into 6-1/2 blocks. Each strip gives you six (6) finished blocks. Here I’m cutting one of the strip sets into blocks.
After the blocks are cut, go to your design wall and have fun laying out your quilt blocks. Here is the layout I choose for the jelly roll rail fence quilt.
Sew together either by row or by column. I chose the column method for this quilt since it is easy to remember to shift the next block by 90 degrees.
Make it quicker by lining up your piles of blocks and sew them in a chain method.
The quilt top has been sewn together and is now ready for quilting.
How many strips should you use for a rail fence quilt block?
You can use as many as you’d like! I like to use a minimum of three. A two (2) color rail fence is referred to as the Endless Stairs quilt block.
How wide are the strips for a rail fence quilt?
You can make the strips any width you’d like. The key to making a rail fence quilt is to cut the blocks from the strip set the exact width of the strip set. The rail fence quilt design is created by shifting squares 90 degrees.
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