Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Rails and Squares--Oklahoma Bound
I call this quilt Rails and Squares. It's a variation on a couple of traditional patterns. I thought it up myself, but it seems likely that somebody thought of it before. I used bright fabrics from my bins. The blocks are 9 in. square finished.
Make a strip set with the 1.5 in. wide strips. In this case I sewed the orange to the light to the red. I pressed the seams toward the bright fabrics (away from the light strip). Then I cut 3.5 in squares from the strip set.
Now it's just a nine patch. I placed my rails blocks so that one color surrounded the center square (in this case, orange). I just liked it this way. It looks a little more complex, or something. Just sew the rows together, matching the corners.
For this small quilt, I made 12 blocks and set them side by side, without sashing. At that point, it measured 27 in. x 36 in. (finished). Then I added a 3.5 in wide border, for a finished quilt size of 34 in. x 43 in.
The batting is Warm and Natural. I quilted a 3.5 in grid in the ditch, and bound it by machine.
In these pictures, it's just off the clothesline, so it's got a few creases than will settle out.
Well, that's one done, anyway! Why aren't my bins getting emptier?