Please note that the following is not intended as a standalone tutorial. It has been written to complement the free PDF pattern available for download in my Craftsy store (Rail Fence Quilt Block Pattern). You will need the PDF in order for this tutorial to make sense.
I have chosen an easy, traditional block for the first pattern. I really love the Rail Fence block. It is so simple to piece yet so effective as a full quilt. You will see in the PDF that there are two different construction methods. I have chosen to show you the second method here as it probably needs more visual instruction than the first. I also had a jelly roll sitting around that I wanted to use.
If you have any questions on either method, please don't hesitate to email me on email@example.com or visit my Facebook page.
Shall we begin?
(P.S. For some reason my camera has fish-bowled the photos below. I can assure you that each unit is actually square LOL).
This block looks fantastic if you use four fabrics ranging from dark to light tones. For example, black, dark grey, light grey to white. You could also use four completely different fabrics for an interesting, unique look.
For this tutorial, I have used the following fabric. You can see that I've ranged them from a darker orange through to yellow. This is simply what I had on hand and you may very well have chosen a different combination. There are no right or wrongs as far as I'm concerned.
|Choose four fabrics of varying tone.|
The Rail Fence consists of four identical units rotated and sewn together to create the whole block. The first construction method shown in the PDF involves cutting each individual strip of fabric and sewing the four units separately. This is a great method if you're dealing with smaller cuts of fabric, if you're taking a scrappy approach, or if you're not confident enough in your cutting skills for the second method.
The second method uses a very quick and easy strip piecing technique where you have a single strip of each fabric, sew them together and then cut them into the four units. This works really well if you have longer strips of fabric, for example width of fabric (WOF) strips.
In the pattern I have given the exact measurements needed to cut your strips. For method two, I highly recommend cutting them longer than is required to account for any rotary mishaps. I made a 16'' block for this tutorial and used the full WOF jelly roll strips rather than the 34'' length written in the pattern.
Using a 1/4'' seam, sew your four strips together, in order, along the long edge.
|Use a 1/4'' seam|
|Chain piecing saves time and thread|
|Four strips sewn in order|
|Seams pressed toward the darker fabric|
HINT: Line your ruler markings up with each horizontal seam. See how the ruler markings at 4, 6 and 8 are lined up with the seams in the image below?
|Trim the end to square the strips|
|Subcut four units|
|Four units ready to join|
|Rotate the units and sew together|
|Two units joined|
|Second units sewn|
|Sew the two units together|
|Seams nesting neatly|
|Rail Fence block complete|
The PDF shows an example of using this block in a full quilt. You could easily snazzy it up a bit by adding sashing, borders or rotating each block in different directions. You'll quickly end up with a unique quilt that looks much fancier than the time taken to piece it.
I hope you enjoyed the first Blockalogue pattern and tutorial. I'd love to hear what you think so please let me know by either leaving a comment below, or on the pattern on my Craftsy page (Rail Fence Quilt Block Pattern).