The Rail Fence baby quilt pattern is easy to assemble -- the most difficult aspect of the quilt is possibly deciding which fabrics to use. Larger than a crib quilt, this Rail Fence is suitable for toddlers and lap quilts.
Each of the five strips in this version of the Rail Fence quilt block finishes at 1-1/2" x 7-1/2". Avoid fabrics with large, widely spaced multicolor motifs, because they usually look pretty chopped-up when cut into narrow strips. Choose mottled fabrics, small prints, batiks, tone on tones and other similar fabrics.
You can preview how a fabric might look in the layout by making a window template that measures 1-1/2" x 7-1/2". Slide it over fabric randomly to see how strips will appear when cut in different areas of the quilt.
Feel free to use more fabrics than illustrated here -- you might prefer a different fabric for each position in the block. You could start in the middle with a dark strip, and then fade to lighter shades on each side. I've added a few tips on page 2 to help you alter fabric choices.
Layout can vary as much as fabric selections -- the illustration is one of numerous possibilities. Experiment with your blocks after assembling them to discover other layouts.
Finished block size: 7-1/2" x 7-1/2"
Finished quilt size: about 45-1/2" x 53", with border as shown
Fabrics and Other MaterialsGreen for blocks: 1 yard
Blue for blocks: 1 yard
Blue for wider border: 3/4 yard for crosswise grain borders; or 1-5/8 yards for lengthwise grain borders
Dark for narrow inner border: 3/8 yard for crosswise grain borders; or 1-3/8 yard for lengthwise grain strips (lots of leftovers)
Binding: about 225 running inches of doublefold binding (Binding Strip Instructions)
Backing: A panel that's about 55" x 63" -- 2-5/8" yards and sewn with horizontal panels on back. You will have leftovers. (Quilt Backing Instructions)
Batting: same as backing