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Rail Fence Quilt Block Pattern

This free rail fence quilt pattern is a great beginner quilt block!

Rail Fence Quilt Block Pattern
Rail Fence Quilt Block Pattern
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If 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. However, if you just love the look of rail fence block patterns, this tutorial is great for that to. The downloadable PDF makes it so easy so that you can read along while you watch Carolina make the block pattern. 

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueQuilting


Materials List

  • Four 2-inch strips of fabric in different colors.


  1. Sew all four of your 2-inch strips together with a quarter-inch seam.

    It should look something like this:

  2. Press all of your seams. We recommend pressing all of your seams towards the darkest piece of fabric.

  3. Square off one end of your fabric strips.

  4. Cut your strips into 6.5-inch squares.

  5. Cut until you have four pieces. Lay the pieces out in your block formation.

  6. Sew the top two and bottom two pieces together with a quarter-inch seam allowance.

  7. Press your seams. You'll notice that your seams meet at perpendicular angles between the pieces. When you're pressing, be sure to press away from where all of the seams meet to prevent large clumps of fabric.

  8. Seam both sets of squares together with a quarter-inch seam allowance, making sure that your center seams are nested (going in opposite directions).

  9. Press your remaining seams in opposite directions so your seams nest in a spiral formation around your block.

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how much of each color would be required to make a full size quilt? I love this - ideal for a grandson's graduation gift!

I've been wanting to try the rail fence pattern for a while now. Great video!

I love the pretty colors of this quilt. Pinned!

This is a gorgeous quilt. Thanks for the helpful video!

Very pretty block pattern!

This pattern is so pretty! I love the bright spring colors of turquoise and mint green... definitely my favorite color scheme.


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