The pictures I’m sharing with you today are blocks for a Fence Rail Quilt.
Before I show them I want to explain again how I decide on a quilt … which I know is probably not the smartest or easiest way ….. but it’s my way.
I search through magazines, books and online to find a “simple easy to make quilt“. One that does not require me cutting very small triangles …. as cutting fabric is one activity that gives my arms and shoulders pain.
Next …. can I understand the instructions. Sadly most of the time I can not understand the instructions. I’m not complaining because I think that is what helps me to be a better teacher. But it can make things a little more difficult. Hence the reason why when I do Quilt Alongs I share videos … not patterns or instructions.
Once I feel comfortable starting a quilt I jump right in … I’ve been pleasantly surprised more often than not … but I’ve also had quite a few mistakes. Like when I used the wrong color of fabric and didn’t know it until it was finished … that’s what I get for watching a Royals game at the same time.
When I’ve mastered a quilt (in my opinion) I feel comfortable teaching others. The Fence Rail Quilt … is not one I’ve mastered and I can safely say I will need to make two or three of these to feel like I can teach it. This is why the next Quilt Along is the Bricks Quilt.
Now lets talk about my Fence Rail Quilt ….. I have a dozen or so patterns in books and magazines on how to make a Fence Rail Quilt. Again I tried and could not follow a pattern. So, I did my own thing. It took me forever to decide how I was going to group my fabric (colors). Click here to see my original post about the Fence Rail Quilt.
Once I decided how I was going to group my fabric I sew the strips together, press the seams and then I cut them to make a square. I read that you cut them the same length and width and if my memory serves me right I cut these at 8″ (or 8-1/2).
Now I’m at the phase of deciding how I want the quilt to look.
I placed it on my Quilt Wall (at lake house) and clearly this quilt is going to be extremely small or I need to add sashing … or something. And I go back and forth of which way to place my fabric.
If you would like …..you can help me decide …. which option do you like best?
If I add sashing … option one would look good. ….but so would option two. Yesterday I was leaning towards Option one and today Option two.
Have a great day & Happy New Year!