Tuesday Tutor - Block One - lesson 2

Posted by Ruth on 18 January 2011 | 2 Comments

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Lesson One: Rail Fence

Block One is call Rail Fence. You will need the fabrics 3, 5 & 6 from our requirements list.

Rail Fence

Rail Fence Block

Before you start, if you are not familiar with a rotary cutter, then I suggest you read my free lesson on rotary cutting (click the link to open the lesson in a new window)

Cut THREE 2 1/2" strips by width of fabric from each of the above THREE fabrics. Note: you will only need a little of the third block so you might want to cut one strip of each fabric in half before sewing together. Put the other half away for use later on.

Cut three strips of each fabric

Cut Three of each fabric

Using a 1/4" seam, sew the strips together lengthwise. Don't know how to sew an accurate 1/4" seam? You can get our free lesson for sewing accurate 1/4" seams here >>

You'll make THREE of these strip blocks pressing each seam as you sew it.

How do you press correctly?


pressing flat pressing from the top pressing over seam
Press seam flat as sewn
Press from right side of block
Press top section over seam

Pressing Instructions

Now you have your strip blocks pressed nicely, you need to cut them up.

Strip Block

Strip Block

Carefully place the ruler on one end of the strip block so the seams are even with the lines on the ruler and trim this end even. I used my 8" square to do this.

Press from right side of fabric

Trim end of strip block

Turn the strip block around so you are cutting from the square end of the block and cut the whole strip block into 6 1/2" blocks.

Strip Block cut up

Cut up into 6 1/2" blocks

This is your first completed block. That's all there is to it. Easy huh? Each block will measure 6 1/2" square and you will need 14 of them altogether for our sample quilt.

Good job! Take a photo and send it to me, I'd love to see it.

Jen is blogging about making this quilt, follow her as well.
Here's her Rail Fence block >>

We'll see you next Tuesday for the next lesson.

You can use this block to make a whole quilt. Here are a couple of samples. Both quilts use 63 blocks.

Fence Rail quilt 1 

Sample 1 uses 63 Rail Fence blocks.
First border 1" finish. Second border 6" finish. Total size: 58" x 70".

Rail Fence quilt sample 2

Sample 2 uses 63 Rail Fence blocks in total. 31 red/blue blocks and 32 blue blocks. First border 1" finish. Second border 6" finish. Total size: 58" x 70".

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  • Love quilting

    Posted by Shirley Oancia, 14/09/2016 2:31pm (4 years ago)

  • It's amazing how you can make such an awesome looking quilt from such a simple block

    Posted by Amanda, 08/02/2011 6:01am (10 years ago)

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