I've had a number of emails asking for size and cutting information for the Rail Fence blocks that my friends and I exchanged last year, so I thought I'd share the details with you all.
The red block in the centre is a 1.5" square (finishing at 1").
For either side, cut two 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles (finished size 1" x 3")
The six remaining strips, cut three pairs of 1.5" x 7.5" rectangles (finished size 1" x 7")
Our quilts have 99 blocks in them, eleven rows of nine blocks. Please don't ask for fabric requirements ... I used up scraps, so I have no clue!
When we constructed our blocks, we actually made the strips a little longer so that we were able to trim the blocks back to be neater. One thing you will have to be very careful with, is using a scant seam allowance. It is SUPER EASY to have these blocks come out a little narrow by using an inaccurate seam allowance. Do a test block first, you won't regret it.
Here is where we were got our inspiration. I'm so thrilled that we participated in the exchange - it has made our quilts all the more scrappy, thank you Linda and Donna! :-)
Now for something entirely different ... I had a question a little while back from Nomaiaci Kamakura. I wanted to reply via email, but the address is set to no-reply. Nomaiaci asked if I had any advice regarding the Mrs Billings Coverlet project as they have recently purchased the pattern. I sure do! Be super accurate with your cutting and your seam allowances. When you're putting so many pieces together, it's critical to have everything finish at the right size, or the next borders just aren't going to fit. Also, when you've cut out your pieces, take the time to mark the registration dots on the reverse side of your fabric shapes. These dots give you clues about where the pieces fit together, and where your seams need to hit to get everything lined up nicely. Do these things, and exercise patience, and you'll have a masterpiece before you know it. Hope this helps!
Well, I'm off do do laundry, and clean the laundry room ... how fun ... NOT! Chatter soon :-)