Wednesday, October 3, 2012

bloggers' bar hop quiltalong || split rail block

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Bloggers' Bar Hop Quiltalong. I think this is the first official bar hop that I've ever participated in and I'm glad to be here.

Scott gave all of the designers two stipulations in this project. The first is that were were only able to add one or two fabrics to the group of four fat quarters of the brand new line, European Taupe VIII by Kinkame for Clothworks. I chose to add a solid cotton, Kona in Snow, by Robert Kaufman. I really liked the hand of the Clothworks fabrics, especially the green checked and dark brown wovens. They are full of great texture and are a bit nubby with an open weave.

And the other stipulation given to us is that we had to design a block that used bars (rectangles) in the layout, hence the name of the quiltalong. I came up with a design that I've called Split Rail, which is a modern twist on the traditional Rail Fence quilt block pattern. The block itself measures 12 1/2" square when complete, and when used in a project, finishes as 12" square. Here are the fabric requirements and instructions if you'd like to follow along and make your own.

Fabric requirements and directions for one Split Rail block:

block layout diagram

Fabric A: 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" piece (for bar 1)
Fabric A: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece (for bar 9)
Fabric B: 3 1/2" x 7 1/2" (for bar 2)
Fabric B: 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" (for bar 10)
Fabric C: 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" (for bar 3)
Fabric C: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" (for bar 6)
Fabric D: 3 1/2" x 7 1/2" (for bar 5)
Fabric D: 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" (for bar 8)
Fabric E: 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" (for bar 4)
Fabric E: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" (for bar 7)

1. Using a rotary cutter, straight edge, and a cutting mat, cut out all of the bars at the specified dimensions from Fabrics A-E.

note: I used Clothworks KEUP057-42 for Fabric A, KEUP060-16 for Fabric B, KEUP059-11 for Fabric C, Kona in Snow by Robert Kaufamn for Fabric D, and KEUP059-24 for Fabric E in my block. 

2. Gather all of the strips and arrange them, following the block layout diagram.

3. Sew bar 1 to bar 2, right sides together, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to lock the stitches. Sew bar 3 to the pieced section, and then bar 4, and finally bar 5, one at a time and in the same manner. Press all seams open. The top portion of the block is finished.

4. Repeat step 3 to sew bars 6 through 10 together, in that order, to construct the bottom portion of the block. 

5. Once the top and bottom portions of the block are constructed, place them on top of each other, right sides together, and sew.

Press the seam open.

 6. Square up the block if needed, and you're done!

I've also created a free downloadable pdf of the instructions for the Split Rail block for you here on google docs. And don't forget to share your finished blocks on the blogger's bar hop quiltalong flickr group page

And be sure to check out all of the designers and their blocks each day throughout the hop.

October 1  Amy Ellis
October 2  Lynn Harris   
October 3  me!    
October 4  Jackie Kunkel    
October 5  Ashley Jones
October 6  Emily Cier 
October 7  Scott Hansen
October 8  Jan Peoples
October 9  April Rosenthal
October 10 Amy Lobsiger
October 11  Cara Quilts
October 12  Konda Luckau
October 13  Alethea Ballard
October 14  Charlie Scott


JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I love rail fence blocks. This is a great twist on the traditional block.

Jean(ie) said...

I love it that you're going traditional with the fabric, but giving it a modern twist.

ritainalaska said...

nice variation! great block to use. thanx for showing it.

Judith said...

Love the fabric choice for this pattern and the perfect for the rail fence block. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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