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The Rail Fence Quilt Block

 

picture of a grouping of quilting rail fence blocks

 

Here is another great block for the scrappy quilter.  It is fast, easy to make, and great for scraps.

 

If you cut your leftover fabric into strips when you are though with a project,  this quilt will be even easier to make.  I store my small leftover fabric in 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 inch strips, as picture on the Home page.  There are so many ways to use strips.  It is a lot easier on my wrists to cut fabric as I go, rather than doing it all at one time.

 

The easiest way to make this quilt is to strip piece the blocks.  If you are making a large quilt, it won't matter if you have several duplicate blocks.  If you are making a small project, you may want to piece each block individually, so they will all be different.

 

If chain piecing, pick a width, and then sew your three strips together.  Then cut them apart the width of the block.

 

The blocks pictured above are set in the traditional layout for the rail fence quilt.  However you can turn them so they zig-zag diagonally up the quilt, or use any layout you like. 

 

One of my favorite things about this block is that when you turn every other block, you never have to think about nesting seams, as they never touch.

 

You can also vary the size of these blocks by putting more strips in each block.  Or you cut the blocks wider. If you want to make this quilt quickly, use wide strips, and use 5 of them for each block.

 

This is a great quilt for a beginners or for young quilters. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Claw Quilt Block

Quilt Sizes

 

Miniature      <36"
   
Wall Hanging any size
   
Baby

36x36 up to 52x52

   
Lap

52-68 x 52-78

   
Twin

64-72 x 86-96

   
Full

70-88 x 88-100

   
Queen

88-99 x 94-108

   
King

94-108 x 94-108

 

Pre-cut Quilt Squares

 

4-Patch

Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

 

Crib 168
 
Twin 529
 
Double 624
 
Queen 728

 

 

 HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR QUILT 

 
Backing
 
Batting
 
Binding
 
Borders and Sashing
 
Pinning the Layers
 
Quilting Your Project

 

 

Resources for Frugal Living

 

Like Frugal Living?  Visit these Sites...

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Eagle for www.allthingsclipart.com

Squirrel for www.frugalhappyfamilies.com

Wood Stove for www.minipreppers.com

Churn Dash Quilt block for www.frugalquilting.com

4 patch quilt block for www.scrappyquilting.com

 

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