Modern Monday - Block 3

Rail Fence

Block 3 - Rail Fence
This is another fun, versatile block, similar to the log cabin. By keeping the fabric placement consistent, a zigzag appears when set side-by-side. You can also change the fabrics, but keep the same value in each position for more subtle zigzag. And I've seen scrappy versions that are nice, too! Experiment and see what combinations you can come up with.

You need 3 fabrics for this block. They can either blend, gradate or be totally unrelated, that's the beauty of this block! I chose Orange, dark gray and white for my version.

From each of the three fabrics, cut wedges (tapered at one end) about 1 1/2" x 15".

Sew the three strips together, pressing to one side.
Some of my wedges were too fat on one end, so I cut my strips
in half before piecing them together, that way I could re-cut the fat wedges
down to a better size before sewing.

Cut your strip sets into 4 - 3 1/2" squares. Try to keep each strip about the same width.

Lay out as shown and sew together as a 4-patch block. Press to one side after each seam is sewn. Your block should measure 6 1/2" unfinished.


  1. How much fun is this!! I will be getting a late start but think it will be great fun to do both the modern and traditional versions...thanks for the tutes and inspiration! :)

  2. Hello,

    is it possible to get a copie to print black on white? PDF? or Word?? My sewingroom is in another part of a house and when I print this The printer prints mainly black and is it not good to see. He always need to much black.

    Greeting Guilitta

  3. This was a fun one to make! Thanks!

  4. Hello Jennifer! I love your Modern Monday quilt along and am attempting to make two quilts at once with your tutorial here. One will be for my son and one for my daughter. I know I am very late to the quilt along party, but I just wanted to thank you for the neat squares and easy to follow tutorials. I'm still in the novice stage of quilting and these will help me build my skills. Thank you!


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