Lesson #6 - The Rail Fence
Rail Fence is a very easy quilt block for beginners. It is a
perfect square, and made up of three trips sewn together, which you
learned to do in the
Even though this block is easy, it
has a lot of design possibilities, depending on the direction that you
turn the blocks.
In the picture at the top of the
page, you can see that all the blocks are the same, yet they are turned
at different angles.
The "stair step" layout is one example of the
different patterns you can make with this very simple block.
The only thing you need to remember
with this block is that it is a square. You must cut enough length
so that when the three strips are sewn together, you can cut down the length
the same distance as the width.
If you are practicing with your
4-inch squares, you would cut them 1 1/4 inch wide. When sewn
together, they will have a width of 2 3/4 inches
1 1/4 + 1 1/4 + 1 1/4 = 3 3/4
1 inch (2 seams of 1/2 inch each) = 2 3/4 inch final width
So for practice, to make your
block square, you would have to trim up your block to 2 2/4 inches wide.
Normally, when you make this block,
you will make wider blocks and adjust your length
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