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Rail Fence with Borders Quilt Pattern​

Finished size: 40" X 48"

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Rail Fence with Borders Quilt

This quilt consists of (20) 8” finished blocks using 3 fabrics and 2 borders.

The finished quilt will look like parallel lightening bolts!


Fabric Requirements:

Blocks: Minimum 12“ WOF from each of 3 fabrics. There should be contrast between them.

Inner border: 10“ WOF

Outer Border: 18” WOF

Binding: 12-1/2“ WOF

Backing: Minimum 52” WOF

Cutting Directions:

From each of your Fence Rail Fabrics – cut (4) 3” X WOF strips

Inner border fabric – cut (4) 2” X WOF strips

Outer Border fabric – cut (5) 3-1/2” X WOF strips

Fence Rail Block Sewing Directions:

1. Make strip sets by sewing one of each fabric strips together, repeat to make 4 strip sets.

2. Cut each strip set into 8” squares – you will get 5 squares per strip set = 20 squares.


1. Arrange your (20) 8” blocks in 5 rows x 4 columns alternating the “rails” first horizontally then vertically. See sketch to the right.

2. Sew the top 4 blocks together to form a row. Press seams toward one direction.

3. Repeat for the remaining rows. Alternate pressing the seams in opposite directions (you will then be able to “nest” the seams)

4. Sew the 5 rows together to form a pieced top.

5. Sew the inner border fabric strips to the left and right sides of the fence rail pieced top first, then sew on the top and bottom strips. Press seams toward one direction.

6. Sew the outer border fabric strips to the left and right sides of the pieced top first, then sew on the top and bottom strips. (NOTE: You may need to piece the strips end-to-end first.) Press seams toward one direction.

7. Remove all loose threads from the back side of the pieced top.

8. Cut the backing and batting bigger than the pieced top. If you need to piece together fabrics for the backing, do that now. Press seams open.

9. Make the quilt sandwich by stacking the backing, batting, and the pieced top. Baste as needed.

10. Quilt the sandwich using your best efforts and techniques.

11. Square the quilt as needed.

12. Prepare your binding and sew to the quilt.

13. Add a label to the back of the quilt.

14. Trim all loose threads and remove all basting pins.


Congratulations! You have just completed a comfort quilt that will brighten someone’s life.

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