Rail Fence – Complete

Wow.  This is the fastest I’ve completed a quilt. Ever. I know that lots of quilters can take a quilt from start to finish quickly, but I don’t seem to be one of those people.  And I’m okay with that. The only part that bothers me is that I have so many projects I want to do and in order to do them, I’m going to have to finish my projects a little faster!

Last weekend I cut the strips for the rail fence quilt and sewed them in sets of three. I used 16 fat quarters, 4 prints in each of 4 colors. I wasn’t sure about my color choices, but the more I worked with these prints the more I liked them.

Then, no sewing for the rest of the week. 🙁

So I set a goal for myself: finish this quilt by the end of the weekend. I made my goal with 36 minutes to spare!  I celebrated with a glass of orange juice. Yep, I’m a partyer…

So I started Friday evening after I made all that strawberry jam.  That evening I finished cutting the sets into 6-1/5 blocks. There are ninety-nine of them. Ninety-nine.

I put them on the design wall, changed the placement of two blocks (can you believe it, only two!) and started sewing the rows together. It went amazingly fast. Before I knew it, I had all the rows done and I was ready to put them together. I won’t bore you with the rest of the details, I’m just going to show you some pics!

Rail Fence Quilt

Rail Fence Quilt

Just so you know, I am in love with this quilt. I think the colors are great and it was a fun quilt to make. This is also the first time I’ve pieced a backing and I can see I’ll be doing a lot more of that!  The only part I didn’t enjoy was the math – my math skills aren’t the greatest. 🙂

Rail Fence Quilt Pieced Backing

I attached the binding by machine which is another first for me. I wanted to be sure the binding would hold up through every day use. I must say, I’m not a fan of the machine binding method. I much prefer finishing it by hand. But, it’s fast and durable and was a good decision for this particular project.

Rail Fence Quilt Binding

I kept the quilting to a minimum so it would feel puffier and more like a cuddly blankie. I’m super satisfied with the way the quilt turned out, and I hope it brings some comfort and happiness to the person who receives it.

Rail Fence Quilt

I’ve been thinking about a name for it and finally came up with Summertime Sizzler.  The colors are so vibrant and it just reminds me of a hot summer day, walking barefoot in green grass, with the blue representing cool water.  I think it fits.

I’m getting ready to wash it – it’s been toted around a lot – and wanted to know: Do you wash your quilts before gifting them?  I’ve asked a couple of people and received different answers. I’d like to know what you do.

Now, on to the next project!



About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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16 Responses to Rail Fence – Complete

  1. Preeti says:

    You did an awesome job!!! Pickign the right fabrics, in the right mix is the most important part and you nailed it. I am a big fan of rail fence. It is fast and really highlights the fabrics.

  2. What a beautiful, bright quilt! I love how cheerful it is.

  3. Kate Yates says:

    I love this! I never would have thought to put all of those together on a quilt, but it looks so nice. I’m sure the recipient will love it. I also love the pieced back, and the blue. Perfect for summertime!

  4. melissa says:

    Great Job Sis! I’m So proud of you! Great colors

  5. Karen Schulz says:

    visiting from crazy mum quilts. I really wanted to do this quilt along but was just too busy with work. Yours is amazing. i love it

  6. dispack says:

    I absolutely love this quilt! GOOD JOB!

  7. Lynne Tilley says:

    Love this quilt. Beautiful! I wash mine immediately. That’s what makes it “real”

  8. Jessica C says:

    I love the bright colors you used. Love the pieced backing. You did a great job.

  9. LeAnn says:

    Very nice quilt.

  10. Joanna says:

    Love the bright colours!

    I wash my quilts so I can make sure there are no colour runs, and to check that are no surprise seams that come apart. I think of it like washing clothes before you wear them — you don’t know who or what’s been all over the fabric and batting before you used it (or if you have pets, while you’ve used it LOL) so it’s nice to give something “fresh”.

  11. Mariyn says:

    I love this quilt…The colors are wonderful, and I love your name for the quilt….

  12. Sharon says:

    What lovely fabrics and colours for a cuddle quilt. I always wash because in this situation of gifting, you don’t know what the receiver may be allergic to. Plus all the handling during the process of quilting, drug around for photo’s (I have cats), remove any missed threads – plus the clinkly goodness that comes out at the end – LOVE.

  13. Mina says:

    Wow, that’s bright and beautiful! I do not wash my quilts before I gift them.

  14. Valerie says:

    This is beautiful! A very happy quilt. And your photos are great. Yes, I always wash mine. 1. I write on them w Crayola Washable Markers, so that needs to wash out. 2. They get crinkley. 3. I have lots of furry help, and not everyone appreciates cat hair on their quilts.

  15. Shauna says:

    It is a beautiful quilt, and yes I do wash mine before gifting, because one I love that scrunchy look and too it makes them smell so nice.

  16. Congratulations! I love the name you came up for the quilt. The colors are so vibrant and fun!

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