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21 Rail Fence Quilt Patterns & Rail Fence Quilt Blocks

Take traditional strip quilting to the next level with this list of free rail fence quilt patterns that are perfect for beginner quilters.

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor, FaveQuilts.com

21 Rail Fence Quilt Patterns  Rail Fence Quilt Blocks

Rail fence quilt patterns make fantastic quilt patterns for beginners because they are insanely simple to put together and can be used to create quilts of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are looking for picnic quilt patterns or just new quilt blocks to try out, there is a rail fence quilt pattern that will fit your particular need. Perfect for scraps or pre-cuts, these lovely quilt patterns show off intricate piecework while looking much more complicated than they truly are, ensuring that you will have a gorgeous quilt without the stress of too much finagling with cutting and sewing. Especially easy to estimate when it comes to yardage, inexperienced quilters will enjoy the ease of choosing and cutting fabrics for these quilts. 21 Rail Fence Quilt Patterns & Rail Fence Quilt Blocks contains out best rail fence quilt blocks and free quilting patterns.

Rail fence quilts are created by combining strips of fabric to make quilt blocks that are then pieced together in a myriad of ways to create quilts that leave a lasting impression. Rail fence patterns, like the ones below, often play up the uniform looking of rectangles in their designs, working to show off the color or prints of the fabric. Usually consisting of quilt blocks that are made of four quadrants of 2 strips of fabric, these quilts require a lot of cutting, measuring, and sewing, but the process is simple as it is all straight lines.

Plus, don't miss our video tutorial on how to make a Rail Fence Block Pattern. It's one part of our Block of the Month video series!

What is a Rail Fence Quilt?

Spring Pastels Rail Fence Quilt Pattern

If you're new to quilting, you may be asking yourself, 'what is a rail fence pattern?' The name 'rail fence' is inspired by classic wooden fences used in farming and pioneer communities. Rail fence quilt patterns are composed of simple blocks that are traditionally made with three strips of fabric. These strip quilt blocks are then arranged in different directions to create unique patterns such as zig zags. Rail fence quilt blocks are ideal for beginner quilters as they are simple to piece together and are a fantastic way to practice using  quarter inch seams. Great for using jelly rolls or fabric scraps, rail fence quilts are an excellent way for beginner quilters to step up their skill level.

Rail Fence Quilt Patterns

Crossed Paths Rail Fence Quilt

These full quilt patterns are the best and brightest rail fence quilt patterns and tutorials we have on our site. These stunning full quilt patterns range from baby quilt ideas to bed quilt designs. No matter what size quilt you decide the create, the rail fence quilt will be a delight to construct.

  • Crossed Paths Rail Fence QuiltMake a rail fence quilt pattern that has a seriously modern look with this free quilting pattern.The Crossed Paths Rail Fence Quilt can be created with printed fabric or complementary solids. No matter how you create this lap quilt pattern, it is sure to be family fave.
  • Spring Pastels Rail Fence Quilt PatternMake your next quilt a pastel dream with a free quilt pattern that classic and modern quilters will fall in love with. Made in luxurious spring colors like lavender, rose, and bluebell, this Spring Pastels Rail Fence Quilt Pattern is a simple and stylish quilt that embodies all things spring.
  • Simple Stripes Beginner QuiltThis Simple Stripes Beginner Quilt riffs on the concept of a simple rail fence quilt, setting two smaller offset contrasting stripes in each block. This baby quilt pattern is a simple project that will familiarize beginning quilters with quilting techniques.
  • Little Picket Fence QuiltThis delicate rendition of the classic rail fence quilt pattern is a wonderful quilt for a baby's room. The Little Picket Fence Quilt is a rail fence quilt arranged so that the soft green, pink, turquoise, and lilac fabrics create zigzags across the quilt.
  • Dizzy Lizzy Rail Fence QuiltThe Dizzy Lizzy Rail Fence Quilt is such a fun, energetic bed quilt pattern for your home! The tutorial for this rail fence quilt pattern variation makes a 65in x 81in blanket, perfect for a queen size bed. The best part about this design is how easily customizable it is.
  • Rail Fence PizzazzIn just two contrasting colors, this rail fence quilt pattern has a stunning geometric pattern. Use AccuQuilt dies to cut strips of orange and white fabric and then combine them in the pattern shown to create the Rail Fence Pizzazz quilt.
  • Rolling Rail Fence QuiltCreate a quilting classic with the eye-catching rail fence quilt pattern made even better by your favorite jelly roll quilt patterns and the Rolling Rail Fence Quilt tutorial. If it's your first time making a rail fence pattern, no need to worry!
  • Step in Time QuiltCombine a collage of colors with an easy rail fence quilt pattern to create the Step in Time Quilt. What makes this pattern so valuable is its versatility. You can decide to make a charm pack quilt or use layer cakes, and simply by changing the measurements, you can start using this design as a sample for your newest free bed quilt patterns.
  • Split Rail Fence Baby Quilt PatternThis rail fence quilt is just adorable for the little cowgirl in your life! The Split Rail Fence Baby Quilt Pattern alternate cream and feminine print stripes for a quilt that looks like a pink basketweave. Use green or blue fabrics for a more masculine quilt, or try yellow and orange for a gender-neutral baby gift.

Rail Fence Quilt Block Patterns

Rail Fence Block Pattern

The best thing about rail fence quilt block patterns is that these patterns make it very easy to create your own quilting designs. Made entirely out of quilt strips, these block patterns could easily be combined to create quilts you will adore. Just create a handful of these quilt blocks to make the quilt of your choice. They would make fantastic small quilting projects, as well.

  • Rail Fence Block PatternIf you have been following along since January, you would know that this Rail Fence Block Pattern is the third block pattern in our Block of the Month quilt along! If you are just starting this quilt along, be sure to check out the first two patterns that are going to be a part of your quilt.
  • Twisted Rail Fence Quilt BlocksRide the rails with these Twisted Rail Fence Quilt Blocks! Make a classic rail fence quilt block, and then cut it in half on the diagonal. Re-piece it with a half from another rail fence quilt block, and you'll have a brand new block that grows from one tiny, two-toned square in one corner to two large, mitered strips in the other corner.
  • Easiest Ever Rail Fence Quilt BlockThis Easiest Ever Rail Fence Quilt Block will knock your socks off. The wonderful thing about a rail fence quilt block is that you can whip it up in less than ten minutes. You'll have a stack of these easy quilt blocks, lickity split. When you're making an easy quilt block, it's fun to experiment with different colors.
  • Broken Rail Fence Quilt BlockYou probably know what a rail fence quilt block looks like, but do you know what a broken rail fence looks like in a patchwork pattern? The stripes or "rails" are all wonky, of course! This Broken Rail Fence Quilt Block is a free-form alternative to the classic rail fence quilt patterns.
  • Crooked Rail Fence Quilt BlockReject the perfect geometry of a classic rail fence quilt and try out the Crooked Rail Fence Quilt Block! To make these wonky quilt blocks, you'll make regular rail fence segments and then trim the edges to make them crooked. Put them together in an uneven basketweave and add a border for a funky quilt block.
  • Wonky Barn Fence BlockFree quilt blocks that can be made in the "liberated" piecing style are great for quick quilt projects. You can make this Wonky Barn Fence Block with any size strips you have on hand. The piecework in this block imitates larger rail fence quilt patterns.
  • Rail Fence Quilt BlockIf you are looking to learn how to make a rail fence quilting pattern, learn how to make the perfect, scrappy quilt block pattern for this classic quilt type. Once you perfect piecing together the Rail Fence Quilt Block, the possibilities will be endless when it comes to creating new and exciting rail fence designers.

Rail Fence Quilt Projects

Rainbow Rail Fence Quilt Tutorial

Rail fence patterns are not exclusively used to create traditional quilt sizes or patterns. Perfect for simple scrapbusting ideas, rail fence quilt designs make the perfect table runners and picnic quilt patterns. Check out this out of the ordinary quilt patterns.

  • Rainbow Rail Fence Quilt TutorialPut a fresh twist on traditional rail fence quilt blocks with this beautiful and bright quilt tutorial that classic and modern quilters will love. This Rainbow Rail Fence Quilt Tutorial uses small strip quilt blocks and fat quarters, and is the perfect way to experiment with color value, monochromatic color schemes, or gorgeous batiks.
  • Garden District Picnic QuiltThe Garden District Picnic Quilt uses beautiful fabrics from Heather Bailey's Garden District fabric line, which is perfect for quilts with summer themes. The pretty floral fabrics pieced similarly to a rail fence quilt pattern in this blanket.
  • Ravishing Rail Picnic QuiltChildren and adults alike will be thrilled with the fun primary-color design of this Ravishing Rail Picnic Quilt. Simply start by separating your jelly roll quilt patterns into four eye-catching color categories and begin to piece them into bright quilt block patterns.
  • Rail Fence Picnic QuiltFinding free jelly roll quilt patterns for summer jelly rolls is easy! Try this Rail Fence Picnic Quilt. This picnic blanket pattern combines rail fence blocks with nine patches and a bold black and white sashing for a quilt with a retro feel.
  • Lickity Split Rail Fence Table RunnerLearn how to make a table runner pattern with just four fat quarters when you explore the Lickity Split Rail Fence Table Runner. This surprisingly quick and geometric pattern is created using a rail fence pattern with narrow strips to give the quilt a more concise look that offers a ton of movement.
  • Miniature Rail Fence Quilt Pattern with Video TutorialIn this video tutorial, Carolyn Wainscott demonstrates how to make a miniature rail fence quilt pattern. Follow her directions to make your own mini quilt with 5-inch blocks, or use the tutorial to make a full-size rail fence quilt with 10-inch blocks.
  • Lovely Rail Fence Quilt Table Topper PatternIf you're a fan of rail fence quilt patterns, this Lovely Rail Fence Quilt Table Topper Pattern is just the thing to brighten up your kitchen table. Practice making rail fence blocks with this ridiculously easy table topper pattern. In bright, floral fabrics, this table topper makes a beautiful decoration for any surface in your home.

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