Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rail Fence in Progress

I had some fabric that I had purchased awhile ago, just because I liked the colours together. (and who needs a better reason for purchasing fabric...right!?)

Anyway, I decided to try a simple Rail Fence type quilt, because I thought that would suit the "country"  feel of this fabric. Of course I didn't really have a plan in mind when I started!! I cut the fabric into strips 2 1/2" wide...

and cut them into 10 1/2" blocks, then I started playing with them...on my "design floor"..

Of course when I finally decided on a layout that I liked, I realized that I need about 2 more strips of the blue fabric....of course!!

So I went back to the LQS, but they didn't have any of the same fabric left. I did find some that was close in colour, and so added a few extra block with the new blue, and because it is so scrappy it looks like I meant to make it that way.  (of course I did !!)

So I am happy with the size and layout...now I have to do some reading about making the setting triangles. There is a great resource here.   It explains all about what and how, and give you the math to calculate the sizes. But it also gives you this table as a guide (bonus..if your math is as bad as mine!!)


The Math is Done for You!

Sometimes when you just want to finish your quilt, the last thing you want to do is a bunch of math. We've created this handy table with the math already done for several common block sizes.

Finished
Block
Size
Corner
Triangles
Side
Triangles
1.5"2"3-3/8"
2"2-3/8"4-1/8"
2.5"2-3/4"4-7/8"
3"3"5-1/2"
3-1/2"3-3/8"6-1/4"
4"3-3/4"7"
4-1/2"4-1/8"7-5/8"
5"4-1/2"8-3/8"
5-1/2"4-7/8"9-1/8"
6"5-1/8"9-3/4"
6-1/2"5-1/2"10-1/2"
7"5-7/8"11-1/4"
8"6-5/8"12-5/8"
9"7-1/4"14"
10"8"15-1/2"
11"8-3/4"16-7/8"
12"9-3/8"18-1/4"
13"10-1/8"19-3/4"
14"10-7/8"21-1/8"
15"11-1/2"22-1/2"
16"12-1/4"23-7/8"
17"13"25-3/8"
18"13-5/8"25-3/8"
19"14-3/8"28-1/2"
20"15-1/2"29-5/8"

           from:   http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/setting-triangles.html

How cool is that !! I will have to get busy and try this out!! Will keep you posted on whether or not I can actually read the table correctly and get the triangle the right size  LOL!

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9 comments:

  1. I love the look of a rail on point - this is so sweet!

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  2. That is very cute! I have been wanting to make a rail fence quilt. I love the look of them. I think it gives it a little modern feel as well as the country touch!

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  3. it is always handy to keep those math "rules' tacked up on the wall by your sewing machine, or if you have an ipod or similar device Robert Kaufman has an app that will do those calculations for you!

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  4. The rail fence is looking great. That is a cool chart, Flo -- thanks for sharing it!

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  5. Looks great Flo! "There's an app for that"-the math for setting square triangles!

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  6. Your rail fence looks great!!! Thanks for the chart :o)

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  7. I love the quilt. Thanks for the chart.

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