Rail Fence block from sampler quilt and Rail Fence block quilts

Tuesday Tutor Stitch Along - Part Two: Rail Fence

Tags: BOM, free pattern, patchwork, quilt block, Rail Fence

Welcome to Block One of our stitch along - Rail Fence. For this block you will need the fabrics 3, 5, & 6 from our requirements list.

rail fence 6" block in blue and purple
Rail Fence Block

Before we start, I want to share a link for those of you who are not familiar with rotary cutting. This lesson will give you a good guide on how to use your rotary cutter safely and with ease: free lesson on rotary cutting (click the link to open the lesson in a new window)

Cut THREE 2 1/2" strips by width of fabric from each of the above THREE fabrics. Note: you will only need a little of the third strip so you might want to cut one strip of each fabric in half before sewing together. Put the other half away for use later on.

rail fence - strips of fabric ready to join
Cut Three of each fabric

Using a 1/4" seam, sew the strips together lengthwise. Here is another link for those of you who are beginners and need to know how to sew an accurate 1/4" seam: free lesson for sewing accurate 1/4" seams

You will need to make THREE of these strip blocks pressing each seam as you sew it.

Here are some pressing tips for you:

pressing seam flat before opening
pressing strip over the seam
pressing seam to one side - step 3
Press seam flat as sewn
Press from RIGHT side of block
Press top section over seam
Pressing Instructions
rail fence strip block to make 6" finished blocks
Strip Block - each should measure 6 1/2" wide

Once you have your strip blocks pressed nicely, you need to cut them up.

Carefully place the ruler on one end of the strip block so the seams are even with the lines on the ruler and trim this end even (right side in the photo below). I used my 8" square to do this. Note: if you are left handed, you will trim and cut from the opposite end of the strip block.

rail fence - trimming strip block for 6" block
Trim end of strip block

Turn the strip block around so you are cutting from the square end (trimmed end) of the block and cut the whole strip block into 6 1/2" blocks.

rail fence - cutting strip for 6" finished blocks
Cut strip block into 6 1/2" squares

This is your first completed block. That's all there is to it. Easy huh? Each block will measure 6 1/2" square including seam allowances and you will need 14 of them altogether for our sample quilt.

Good job! Take a photo and send it to me, I'd love to see it.

As a special blog promotion (for a short time only) you can purchase this first part which includes the 2 patterns below for just $4.49 or you can preorder the entire block of the month for just $26.25 ($3.75 per block plus bonus parts). As each part is published, you'll receive a new link automatically to download the updated version. Each new part includes 2 free additional quilts. Find out more...

I'll see you next Tuesday for the next block.

If you are really keen to make more of these blocks, you might like to make an entire quilt. Here are a couple of possibilities:

Rail Fence block quilt

Sample 1: uses 63 Rail Fence blocks

Rail Fence quilt made with red and blue blocks

Sample 2 uses 63 Rail Fence blocks in total
31 red blocks and 32 blue blocks

Download the full Sampler BOM pattern (Includes 7 different blocks and 14 bonus quilt patterns - updated file automatically sent with each new block as it is published) Blog promotion only available for a short time

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