Are you ready for an easy quilt block? This month's tutorial in our Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabrics series is the Rail Fence. It may be the easiest quilt block ever, but put a bunch together and there are so many fun variations!
In case you are catching this blog series for the first time, we're spending a year making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! So far we've made the Variable Star, the Sailboat Block, the Dutchman's Puzzle Block, the Churn Dash Block, the Friendship Star, and the Snowball and Nine Patch blocks together!
Each month, Blend Fabrics sends me a collection of fabrics to work with and I get to giveaway a sweet 10 fat quarter bundle of it too! If you want to play, just make one or more of the current month's block within two weeks that the tutorial is posted, and share a picture of your block(s) in our facebook group entry album or in our flickr pool. As we go along you can search for 'classic' in the search box to the right to access all of the posts.
This month the collection is Geofabulous by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. It is bright and fun and almost electric, don't you think?
Just so you won't think this block is boring, I played around with a bunch of blocks on my design wall and took pictures of a few different quilt variations. There are so many different ways to put them together. And mine are scrappy - I stitched strips together randomly and didn't plan for my blocks to be the same or have any sort of pattern. If you want your blocks to be all the same or if you have a pattern in mind, there are so many other quilts you could make. Just google 'rail fence quilt' to see. There are even chevron variations. I can't wait to see what the ladies in our facebook group do with it.
Even though this block is totally easy, the BlockFab app (if you have an iPhone or iPad) will come in handy if you hate math, and for figuring out yardage requirements. I'll provide cutting instructions for a 10'' block (what I made) and a 12'' block.
Cutting instructions for a 10'' block:
- With at least 3 different fabrics - cut 3 7/8'' strips
Cutting instructions for a 12'' block:
- With at least 3 different fabrics - cut 4 1/2'' strips
I was using fat quarters, so my strips are only 22'' long. If you have yardage, you can use longer strips and make more blocks at once.
Sew your strips together.
Press the seams open or to the side according to preference, and then cut into your desired size blocks.
- For 10'' blocks (finished), cut 10 1/2'' squares
- For 12'' blocks (finished), cut 12 1/2'' squares
I know, that's just too easy. But this simple block looks so fabulous in the modern Blend fabrics that I couldn't help cutting up all my fat quarters to see how many blocks I could make and how they might go together.
And this is the first real quilt I quilted on my new (to me) Grace Frame. Hopefully finished pictures at our next Show Off Saturday.
Are you willing to sew three strips together for your chance to win that gorgeous Geofabulous bundle? You only have to make 1 Rail Fence block (in any fabric combination) to enter, but I know you'll want to make more! Then share a picture of your block(s) in our facebook group entry album or in our flickr pool. Random.org will pick the winner on the evening of September 15th. Please just put a picture in one album so I won't get confused. :).