Mini Patchwork Fence Rail Block Tutorial

The first block we are going to make for the Mini Patchwork Sampler Quilt Tutorial Series is the Fence Rail block. (I originally was wrong in calling it the Rail Fence---though, but before that I was calling it “Kinda Like Our Sidewalk Block” because that is kind of how we laid out our bricks.) Anyways, let's start this simple, fun block, shall we?

You could make the left/top strip in each three strip square a solid color, like white, then you’d be able to have a zig zag pattern. I didn’t think of that when I pieced this block though. (What can I say? I was so excited to use up my print scraps!) Here is a photo to show you what I mean.

You can also do the strip method, where you sew three 1 1/2" strips together, then cut them down to 3 1/2". I did it one at a time because, like I said, I'm trying to use up all those small scraps.

This tutorial creates a traditional 12” block.

Cut a scrap of paper that is 1 1/2” by 3 1/2" for your template. I like doing it this way because I can hold the template up to the various scraps to see if they are big enough. Pin it to a scrap of fabric and cut out.

Repeat 11 more times and lay out as seen.

Stitch two of them together, along the long side, with a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam allowance open.

Stitch the third piece to the previous pieces.

Repeat for the other three squares as seen.

Stitch the top two together then the bottom two together.

Now, stitch the top and bottom together.

Repeat these steps three more times so you have four squares total, as seen.

Now stitch the top pieces together, then the bottom pieces.

Finally stitch the top and bottom pieces together. And voila, you have your very first block and managed to use up 48 itty bitty scraps.

Any questions? Let me know!