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Simpli-EZ Rule™: Rail Fence Quilt

by Darlene Zimmerman

Simpli-EZ Rule™

Finished Block Size: 9”

Lap or twin size quilt measures 62” x 71”

Queen size quilt measures 92” x 110”




Fabric Requirements:

Fabric Requirements for Lap or Twin Size

  • 12 fat quarters or ¼ yard cuts of various prints for Rail Fence Blocks
  • 7/8 yard for Inner Border and Binding
  • 2 yards for Outer Border
  • 3-3/4 yards for Backing


Fabric Requirements for Queen Size

  • 15 fat quarters or 1/2 yard cuts of various prints for Rail Fence Blocks
  • 1-1/3 yards for Inner Border and Binding
  • 3-1/4 yards for Outer Border
  • 8-1/4 yards for Backing

Block Cutting and Assembly:

1. From each of the prints, cut strips measuring 2” x 21” – a total of 8 strips for Lap/Twin size, or total of 16 strips for Queen size.
2. Randomly sew three different print strips together to make a strip set. Press the seams all in one direction.



IMPORTANT! Check the first strip set to be sure that it measures 5” deep. If not, you will need to adjust your seam allowance (sew and exact ¼”) until each strip set measures exactly 5” deep.



Make a total of 30 strip sets for Lap/Twin size, or total of 80 strip sets for Queen size. Press the seams all in one direction, making sure that each strip set is pressed straight, not curved.
3. Trim one end square, and then cut 5” squares from each strip set. You will cut a total of 120 pieced squares for Lap/Twin size, or total of 320 pieced squares for Queen size.
4. Join all the squares together in pairs, as shown. Press the seams in one direction, as shown. Make 60 pairs for Lap/Twin size, 160 pairs for Queen size.
5. Sew two pairs with right sides together, reversing the bottom pair and pinning and matching the block centers. Make 30 blocks for Lap/Twin size, or 80 blocks for Queen size. NOTE: you will have pieces left over if making the Lap/Twin size. Twist the center seam to open and press the seams so that they spin around the center. Press all blocks in the same way.

Quilt Assembly:

1. The Lap/Twin size quilt is set together in 6 rows of 5 blocks each. The Queen size quilt is set together in 10 rows of 8 blocks each. Sew the blocks together to form each row, pinning and matching ends and seam intersections.
2. Sew the rows together, pinning and matching seam allowances. Press the row seams all in one direction.

Borders:

1. From the Inner Border fabric, cut a total of 5 strips, each measuring 5” x 42”. Join the strips with diagonal seams that are then pressed open. Measure the width of the quilt; trim two inner border widths to that measurement. Sew one border strip each to the top and bottom of the quilt. Repeat this procedure for the sides of the quilt.
2. From the Outer Border fabric, cut a 4 strips, each measuring 7-1/2” wide x the length of the fabric for Lap/Twin size or 9” wide x the length of the fabric for Queen size. NOTE: be sure to trim off the selvage first. Measure the width of the quilt again, and trim two outer border widths to that measurement. Sew one border strip to the top and bottom of the quilt. Repeat this procedure for the sides of the quilt.

Finishing the Quilt:

1. Cut the back in half for Lap/Twin size, or thirds for Queen size. Trim off the selvages. Sew the lengths together to create the backing. Press seams.
2. Layer: the backing with the wrong side up, then batting, then the quilt top with the right side up. Baste with safety pins or thread. Quilt as desired.

Binding:

From the Inner Border/Binding fabric, cut strips, each measuring 2-1/2” X 42” – a total of 6 strips for Lap/Twin size, or total of 11 strips for Queen size. Fold in half with wrong sides together and press to make a double binding. Sew to the quilt with a ¼” seam allowance, mitering the corners. Trim the excess batting and backing, turn the binding to the back side and stitch down by hand with matching thread.


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