3-D Rail Fence Quilt
 
This quilt is a simple one to make but has a great 3-dimensional look to it when the right combination of fabrics are used to make it. Instructions for making the quilt are given for the baby quilt size, with the quantities needed for the Lap size or Twin size quilts given in parenthesis.Note: Fabric measurements are based upon 42" wide fabric after washing. And every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of amounts needed, but mistakes can be made. If you find one, please let me know about it.
Below is a picture of one of the quilts that I have made from this pattern.
 

Fabric Requirements
 
Focus Fabric (A large scale print with the print clearly different from the background - both in looks and color) - 1 yard (1 1/4 yards / 1 3/4 yards)
Coordinate 1 - Coordinating color to the Focus Fabric - 1/3 yard (1/2 yard / 3/4 yard)
Coordinate 2 - A different color than Coordinate 1, 1/3 yard (1/2 yard / 3/4 yard)
Coordinate 3 - 2/3 yard (1 yard / 1 1/2 yard) Tone-on-Tone or solid to match the background of the focus fabric (prints are ok IF they read as a solid)
 
Note: If Coordinate 3 is not a TOT or solid the quilt will not have the intended 3-D effect.
 
 

Cutting Instructions
 
Cutting instructions are given below for Baby (Lap/Twin) sized quilts. Bag and Label the strips as you cut them per the instructions.
 
Focus Fabric - Cut 4 (6/9) strips that are 6 1/2" wide. Cut the strips into 18 (32/50) 6 1/2" blocks.
Coordinate 1 - Cut 4 (6/10) 2 1/2" width-of-fabric strips.
Coordinate 2 - Cut 4 (6/8) 2 1/2" width-of-fabric strips.
Coordinate 3 - Cut 8 (12/18) 2 1/2" width-of-fabric strips.
 
 

Sewing Instructions
 
Step 1:
Sew a C3 strip onto each side of a C1 strip. Make 2 (3 / 5) strips. Note: Strips after being sewn should be 6 1/2" wide. Cut strips into 8 (16 / 25) blocks.
 
Step 2:
Sew a C3 strip to each side of a C2 Strip. Make 2 (3 / 4) of these. Note: Strips after being sewn should be 6 1/2" wide. Cut strips into 9 (15 / 24) blocks.
 
Step 3:
Sew the blocks from step 1 together with Focus Fabric blocks as shown in the diagram below. Make 4 (5 / 6) rows. Label R1 and set aside. Note: To make the youth or twin sized quilts, add either two or four more blocks to the length of your rows, alternating as shown below. Make one additional R1 row for a youth quilt, and 2 additional R1 rows for a twin sized quilt.
Sew the blocks from step 2 together with Focus Fabric blocks as shown in the diagram below. Make 4 (5 / 6) rows. Label R1 and set aside. Note: To make the youth or twin sized quilts, add either two or four more blocks to the length of your rows, alternating as shown below. Make one additional R2 row for a youth quilt, and 2 additional R2 rows for a twin sized quilt.
 
Step 4::
Sew the rows together, alternating R1 rows and R2 rows (R1-R2-R1-R2-R1-R2-R1). Quilt top should be similar to the one that is shown in the picture below.
 
Note: If you want to make your quilt bigger, add two blocks to one side of the quilt and to the bottom. For example, you can make your quilt 7 blocks wide by 9 blocks long, alternating the placement as shown above.
 
Step 5::
Cut your border fabric as desired and sew to quilt.
 
In working with this pattern you may also vary the number of strips used in the pieced blocks and the width of them. Below is a picture of one I made with 5 strips in the pieced blocks. The purples strips were 2" finished (2 1/2" cut) and the black strips were cut at 1 1/4" wide and then sewn to the purple strips. I then sized then block to 6 1/2" unfinished. The black strips finish at 5/8" for the 2 outer ones and 3/4" for the inner strip.
 
 
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This file was last changed on 07 September 2004

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