Lickity Split Rail Fence Table Runner

4 06 2015

For the past several years, I have hosted a Quilting Circle that meets once a month. Karlene, my amazing co-teacher, and I decided to show and demonstrate “Rail Fence” blocks and quilts at the May meeting. Karlene has plenty of recent experience with the design because she and her grandson stitched seven “Rail Fence” lap quilts over spring break, pulling 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (pre-cut) rectangles from her bin of scraps. Read more about the project here on Karlene’s blog.

In contrast, I decided to show the group a project made with narrower strips. Prior to our meeting, I made four strip-sets from 1 1/2″ x 40″ strips of four fabrics. I sewed them together in the following order: Red tonal, Blue tonal, Red/White/Blue print, White. At the Quilting Circle, I demonstrated cross-cutting in 4 1/2″ increments, and then my friends enjoyed twisting and turning the blocks to make various designs. Karlene and I hope that our Quilting Circle friends are inspired and empowered to make “Rail Fence” quilts this summer. If you’d like to join in the fun, read on! (There is a printer friendly version of this pattern on the Patterns page of the blog.)

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“Rail Fence” for 4 Fabrics, Runner will measure 16” x 36”

Supplies:  1 Fat Quarter (FQ) each of 4 different fabrics

¼ yd. for binding

½ – 5/8 yd. for backing

From all 4 FQs, cut 9 strips 1 ½” x 20.” You will have 9 strips each of 4 different fabrics.  Sew 9 strip sets, all in the same configuration. Ex.:  Red, Blue, Print, White.  I suggest placing the boldest color/fabric first in the configuration because the fabrics on the outside edges of the strip set will make the zigzag stairstep in the quilt design.  Press seams to one side after adding each successive strip.

Measure the width of the strip sets. (They should measure 4 ½” wide.)  Sub-cut the strip sets in increments of the measured width to make squares. (Ideally 4 ½” square.) You need 36 “Rail Fence” squares.

Arrange “Rail Fence” squares in a 4 x 9 grid as shown in the photo above.

Join squares in rows. Sew the rows together. Quilt and bind with three strips cut 2 1/2″ wide from the binding fabric.

 

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“Rail Fence” for 3 Fabrics, Runner will measure 18” x 36”

Supplies: 1 Fat Quarter (FQ) each of 3 different fabrics

¼ yd. for binding

5/8 yd. for backing

From all 3 FQs, cut 8 strips 2” x 21.” You will have 8 strips each of 3 different fabrics.  Sew 8 strip sets, all in the same configuration. Ex.:  Solid Blue, Blue/Tan Plaid, Cream Print.  Press seams to one side after adding each successive strip.

Measure the width of the strip sets. (They should measure 5” wide.)  Sub-cut the strip sets in increments of the measured width to make squares. (Ideally 5” square.) You need 32 “Rail Fence” squares.

Arrange “Rail Fence” squares in a 4 x 8 grid as shown in the photo above.  Join the squares into rows. Sew the rows together. Quilt and bind with three strips cut 2 1/2″ wide from binding fabric.  I plan to bind the runner above with the Blue plaid fabric.

If you make a Lickity Split Rail Fence table runner, I’d love to share a photo with blog readers.  Send a digital picture to  aby.quilts@gmail.com

 

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3 responses

4 06 2015
Mary Ed Williams

I think I see a Quilt of Valor here. Thanks, Aby.

6 06 2015
quiltiferous

These are beautiful!

6 06 2015
Heather @ Quilts Actually

The first quilt I ever started was a rail fence. Notice I said started, not finished. I did much better with the design after taking an intro to quilting class, but still firmly believe it’s not a beginner quilt! I wish I could have been there for the program. I will miss the quilting circle a lot!

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