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Little Picket Fence Quilt

By: Mimi Shimp for FreeSpirit
Little Picket Fence Quilt
This image courtesy of freespiritfabric.com

This 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. Fabrics are pieced in different positions in each block in order to create this pattern. A more forgiving basketweave setting would also be adorable in this quilt, if you decide to adapt the pattern.

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size58 inches wide x 58 inches long

Time to CompleteA week or two

Primary TechniquePieced


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Note: This pattern was designed using fabrics from the Little House collection by Annette Tatum for FreeSpirit. Fabrics are coded in materials list.


  • AT20 Pink (A) 1 yard
  • AT30 Lilac (B), AT 31 Berry (C),
  • AT30 Turquoise (D), AT 31 Lime (E) 1/2 yard each
  • AT18 Pink fat quarter
  • AT29 Ocean (Border) 3/4 yard
  • AT16 Frost (Binding) 1 yard
  • Backing 3-1/2 yards
  • Acrylic Ruler, mat, rotary cutter, sewing machine, scissors


  1. From each fabric B-E, cut 8 strips 2" x WOF. From fabric A cut 16 strips 2" x WOF.
  2. Make 8 strip sets with fabrics A-B-C. Stitch A to B, then press seams toward B. Stitch fabric C to B, pressing seams toward C. Cross-cut strip sets into sixty-two 5" x 5" segments.

    Little Picket Fence Quilt
  3. Make 8 strip sets with fabrics A-D-E. Stitch A to D, then press seams toward D. Stitch fabric E to D, pressing seams toward E. Cross-cut strip sets into sixty-one 5" x 5" segments.

    Little Picket Fence Quilt
  4. From AT18 Pink, cut 4 squares 4-3/4" x 4-3/4".
  5. From AT16 Frost, cut 5 strips 4-3/4" x WOF.
  6. Arrange segments cut in steps 2 and 3 following the layout. Stitch segments together in rows, then stitch rows together. Press seams of each row in opposite directions.

    Little Picket Fence Quilt
  7. Cut 1 strip AT 29 Ocean into 4 segments. Stitch one segment to each of the other 4 strips. Trim strips to 50". The symmetry of this design makes it easy to match the design when stitching the strips together. There is enough length to play with the alignment.
  8. Stitch one AT18 Pink square to each end of 2 strips.

    Little Picket Fence Quilt
  9. As shown, stitch remaining 50" strips to each side of the quilt top. Stitch strips with squares to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

    Little Picket Fence Quilt
  10. Layer, quilt and bind. Cut binding strips on the bias if using the stripe fabric.

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i've just finished making one of these and am about to start quilting - I'm aiming for a quick and easy quilt design. I'm wondering how you chose to quilt this? down the pink or green or both rails?

can't wait to get this one started

A simple, familiar design made novel. Hope to be able to make it when circumstances allow.


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