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Exploring Quilting Basics: the Rail Fence block

Hi friends!

Today as part of the Exploring Quilting Basics blog series, Tammy and I are chatting about the Rail Fence block!

Rail Fence Block

The rail fence block is often thought of as a pretty basic block. Which it is. Perfect for beginners. 

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about Rail Fence blocks, a simple but fun quilt blocks!

Sometimes you will see the block with 3 rails and sometimes with 4 rails or  more rails. Usually the rails are all the same size.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t create dynamic quilts with the block! I used a jellyroll to create this rail fence style quilt I called Hop the Fence!

Hop the Fence a 2 ½" strip quilt
Hop the Fence quilt pattern

Quilt Block Reimagination challenge

Tammy and I started a block challenge on Instagram a few months ago. We wanted to challenge other quilt pattern designers to take a seemingly basic quilt block and reimagine it! Our first block was the Snowball block and this month it was the Rail Fence!

The first week we shared our fabric pulls, then sneak peeks of the block and on Monday we shared our reveals!

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about Rail Fence blocks, a simple but fun quilt blocks!

Mine is still a pretty basic block- I took the block, angled the lines of the rails and created 2 color ways of the block. 

But due to the angled lines, I decided to paper piece my new rail fence quilt block. So much easier!

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about Rail Fence blocks, a simple but fun quilt blocks!

So are you a paper piece lover or hater? Tammy and I have done 2 posts on paper piecing- click here for the most recent post and here for my post on exactly how I paper piece!

And of course I used some of my new fabric line, Painted Blossoms from Island Batik, to make the blocks!

And ta-da! My reimagined Rail Fence crib quilt! 

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about a re-imagined Rail Fence quilt!

I love how the blocks, when turned around, create these pinwheels.

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about a re-imagined Rail Fence quilt!

I also made smaller blocks into a little mini quilt that could be used as a mug rug or a mouse pad!

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about a re-imagined Rail Fence quilt!

So tell me, do you avoid quilts with the rail fence; is it just too simple? I was thinking about making this into a pattern… hmmm….

Click here to go to Tammy’s post and see her re-imagined Rail Fence block!

Next week in the A Quilter’s Alphabet series, Tammy and I are up to the letter P!

happy quilting!

Kate

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