Rail Fence Quilt

It is finally starting to feel like spring in my neck of the woods so I spent a lot of time outside this weekend soaking up some much needed vitamin D. As a result, I spent only a little bit of time in my quilt room.

After spending several months on my Christmas Quilt, I decided that this weekend I wanted to work on a quick and easy quilt top as well as something that reminds me of summer.

I grabbed one of my Jelly Rolls (a selection of pre-cut 2 1/2 inch fabric strips) that has been sitting in my fabric stash and decided to do a Rail Fence quilt. Rail fence quilts are quick and easy. Here is how I started mine.

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Going with a red, white and blue theme (can you tell which holiday I have on my brain), I sewed three strips from my jelly roll together, making sure I pressed to the dark sides.

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Then I measured the height of the sewn strips. Mine happened to be 6 3/8″. The blocks are all squares, so I cut the strip into 6 3/8″ squares.

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This pattern can be arranged in a couple of different ways as seen below.

I decided to go with a zig-zag layout. The important part of making a rail fence quilt is to alternate the direction of the blocks. So if one block has its strips vertical, the next block should be rotated so the strips are horizontal.

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It took me about two hours to sew, cut and assemble the blocks. It should only take me another few hours to get everything sewn together. I will be posting the finished product later this week.

Happy Quilting!

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