October 4, 2011

Traditional Tuesday - Block 3


Block 3 - Rail Fence
This is a great beginner's block because it's all straight-line piecing. And if you're and experienced quilter, it's a great block to know when you need a fast project (like a baby quilt!). If you have EQ, you can play around with value and color placement to your hearts content to get just the look you like!

You need 3 fabrics for this block. I went back to my retro roots for this one and picked two 1970s prints and matching solid. Look for any combination of three that pleases you. If you want a strong zigzag, pick high-contrast fabrics. Or you can pick up to 12 different fabrics for a scrappy look. There really are no wrong choices!

Cutting:
From each of the 3 fabrics, cut strips 1 1/2" x about 15".
Lay out your strips in the order you want them to be sewn.
Sew them together, pressing to one side. Cut into 4 - 3 1/2" squares.
Lay out as shown and sew together as a 4-patch block.
Press seams to one side. Your block should be 6 1/2" unfinished.

3 comments:

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  2. I just joined in today. I am caught up on all three blocks now. I posted to Flickr. This will be lots of fun.

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  3. Hi Jenifer. I'm loving these little sampler blocks. They are graphicly pleasing and quick to piece. That said, I now have no excuse for falling behind.

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