RAIL FENCE QUILT PATTERN


Rail fence quilt

Rail fence quilt

If you want a really simple quilt that is bright and cheerful but easy to make, then a rail fence quilt is the one for you.  It doesn’t contain a single triangle and pieces together in no time.  For this quilt I used six fabrics shaded from pale pink to red.  The quilt is 38″ square.

Cutting requirements

Six 1.1/2″ strips of each of six colours for the quilt top and part of the quilt border.  For the remainder of the border you will need four 2.1/2″ red squares and three 2.1/2″ strips of the lightest colour.

Making the rail fence quilt

Sew the strips together three at a time

Sew the strips together three at a time

Cut at 6.1/2" intervals to make squares

Cut at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares

The simplest way to make the rail fence blocks is to sew the strips of fabric together along the length and then cut them into squares.  I find it easiest to sew two panels of three strips together, press them and then sew the two panels together.  I just find it easier to press a three fabric panel rather than a six fabric panel.  Cut across the width of the panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.

 

Save the ends of the panels

Save the ends of the panels

 

You should get six squares from each strip, giving you thirty six squares altogether.  Put the uneven bits from the end of the strip aside for now – I have tried to use as many as possible of these in the quilt border.

 

 

Arrange the rail fence blocks in fours

Arrange the rail fence blocks in fours

Sew the blocks together

Sew the blocks together

Arrange the rail fence quilt blocks as shown and sew them together first in pairs and then in fours.  You will have enough squares to make nine of these quilt blocks.  This will give you a quilt of three rows of three rail fence quilt blocks, measuring 36.1/2″ square.

Making the rail fence quilt border

Cut a 2.1/2" length from the ends of the panels

Cut a 2.1/2″ length from the ends of the panels

Make four panels for the edges of the quilt

Make four panels for the edges of the quilt

For the quilt border cut a 2.1/2″ strip from the leftover fabric.  There will be six of these.  Unpick the stitching half way along two of these strips to create smaller strips of three fabrics.  Add a three fabric strip to a six fabric strip to creat four strips (one for each edge) of nine fabrics.

 

 

Part of the quilt border

Part of the quilt border

Use red squares for quilt cornerstones

Use red squares for quilt cornerstones

My idea was to put one of these strips half way along each edge of the quilt to use up as much of the fabric as possible – I have boxes of small scraps of fabric left over from previous projects and don’t want to add to them.

From the 2.1/2″ wide strips of the lightest fabric cut eight 14″ lengths.  Sew one to each side of the four strips made from leftover fabric.  On two of these strips sew a w.1/2″ red square at each end.

Sew a strip of fabric without red squares to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Sew the strips with red squares to the sides of the rail fence quilt.  That completes the quilt top and it is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

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Comments

  1. Shelley! says:

    I found a quilt pattern similar to this, but the fifth row/colum is smaller squares built into the row.. Like your cut off ends as the row! Makes a cute variation.

  2. Kathleen says:

    I love your choice of fabrics here.

  3. This is a great pattern. I love the graduated Colorado scheme & the instructions on sewing the strips together. I’m not good at figuring out the fabric requirements though so it would have helped me if you had included that. Jude

    • Hi Jude. Glad you like the rail fence quilt pattern. I always give fabric requirements on patterns now, but I didn’t think to do that at first, and this is one of my early patterns.

  4. Hi! Love your color choice and of course the pattern. What would be the fabric requirements and for what size?

    Thanks for a reply.

    Evelyne

    • Hi Evelyne. I’m glad you like the quilt. It is 38″ square. The fabric requirements are 9″ of each of six colours plus an additional 7.1/2″ of the lightest colour and four 2.1/2″ red squares.

  5. This would be really easy to make from a jelly roll. Hmmm, I may have to sort through my evergrowing stash. Love the pinks. Would look fabulous as a full size, summer, double bed quilt in my bedroom.

  6. Love this pattern making me keen to get started.

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