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Spinning Rails posted: 6/16/2004
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
Category: Pieced Level: Easy
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Using a variation in the setting for a rail fence quilt, Spinning Rails is a great way to use up some of your scraps, or a reason to go out and buy more fabric! Have a 2" strip exchange with your friends so you can have a good variety of fabrics.

Finished Block Size: 9"
Finished Quilt Size: 50" x 66" with sashing and border

Fabric Reqs For Block: (Example fabrics in parentheses)
  • Blocks: One 2 x 22 strip of each of 90 fabrics (30 Light, 30 Medium, 30 Dark)
  • Sashing and first border: 1 yard
  • Outer Border: yard
Cutting Instructions For Each Block
Piece Shape # Fabric Instructions  
A  1  Light Cut one strip 2" x 22"
B  1 Medium Cut one strip 2" x 22"
C  1 Dark Cut one strip 2" x 22"
Repeat this for each block

Cutting sashing:
Tip: Measure your Spinning Rail blocks before cutting the sashing strips.
Step 1: Cut 20 1 " strips from the sashing fabric
Step 2: Using 6 of the strips cut 24(twenty-four) 9 " x 1 " strips.
Step 3: Sew the rest of the strips together.
Step 4: Cut 7 (seven) 49 " strips for horizontal sashing and top and bottom border.
Step 5: Cut 2 (two) 61 " strips for vertical border

Cutting outer border:
Tip: Measure your quilt top before cutting these strips.
Step 1: Cut 6 (six) 4 " strips from outer border fabric
Step 2: Sew strips together
Step 3: Cut two 51 " strips for top and bottom border
Step 4: Cut two 70" strips for two side borders

Assembly: (Using " seams throughout)
Of one block
Instruction Diagram
Step 1: Sew Strip A to Strip B. Press seam allowance open or toward the medium.
Step 2: Sew Strip C to Strip B. Press seam allowance open or toward the Dark.
Step 3: Cut four 4 " sections from the A,B,C strip.
Step 4: Sew the strips together into two pairs, keeping the light toward the center. See illustration. Press seams to one side.
Step 5: Sew the pairs together to make the block
Step 6: Repeat to make 30 blocks
Step 7: Layout your blocks into 6 rows of 5 blocks each

Completion of quilt top:
Step 8: Add vertical sashing between each block and sew rows together
Step 9: Add horizontal sashing between each row and on the top and bottom edges.
Step 10: Add vertical border(same as sashing fabric) to each side of quilt.
Step 11: add 4 strips for top and bottom borders and also two sides.

Quilting Ideas: :
Stitch in the ditch between each block and the sashing and between the borders. Use your walking foot and invisible thread. With thread of your choice (I used a variegated thread) quilt a design in each block. I used a spinning feather design. See Illustrations.

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Category: Pieced

Author: Dori Hawks
Level: Easy

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