Absolute Beginners
Blue Winter
41" x 53"

Fabric Requirements: 

You will need 4 different colors of Blue for the Rail Fence Blocks, and 2 different colors of Blue for the Checked Blocks.

1 ½ Yds. Color #1 for Rail Fence Blocks, Borders, & Binding

1/3 Yd Color #2 for Rail Fence Blocks

1/3 Yd Color #3 for Rail Fence Blocks

1/3 Yd Color #4 for Rail Fence Blocks

½ Yd Color #5 for Checked Blocks

½ Yd Color #6 for Checked Blocks

Crib Size Batting

2 Yds Lining

Walking Foot (Optional)

Cutting Instructions:

From Color #1:  Cut 4 Strips – 2” x Width of Fabric (WOF) for Rail Fence Blocks

                           Cut 5 Strips - 3” x WOF for Borders

                           Cut 5 Strips – 2 ¼” x WOF for Binding (Set Aside)

From Color #2, #3, #4:   Cut 4 Strips – 2” x WOF for Rail Fence Blocks

From Color #5 & #6:  Cut 4 Strips – 3 ½” x WOF for Checkered Blocks

 

Assembly:  USE A SCANT ¼” SEAM ALLOWANCE

First assemble the Blue Rail Fence Strip Sets.  Using your walking foot attachment, stitch 4 sets of four 2” strips as shown.  Be sure to maintain the same order on each set.  Press seams all in the same direction.  Make four sets of 4 strips.  Sub-cut each set into six 6 ½” Squares.  You should have 24 – 6 ½” blocks. 

 

MAKE 4 sets

 

Turn your squares as shown in this illustration and join into 12 ½” Rail Fence blocks.  Be sure to maintain the same order of colors on each block.

       Make 6 Blocks

 

Now, we’ll assemble the Checked Blocks.

Begin by stitching one strip Color #5 to Color #6 to make a Strip Set as shown:  You should make 4 strip sets.  Sub-cut these sets into 3 ½” x 6 ½” pieces.  Each Strip Set will yield 12 subcuts.  You should have a total of 48 – 3 ½” x 6 ½” subcuts.

 

  MAKE 4 sets

 

Now join these into Checked blocks as shown in this illustration.  (The traditional name for this block is the double 4-patch).  YOU WILL MAKE 2 “HALF BLOCKS” and 5 FULL BLOCKS.

 

          Make 5

 

     Make 2

 

Final Assembly:

Follow the illustration here for the placement of the blocks for final assembly.  The “RF” stands for the Rail Fence Blocks, and the “C” for the Checked Blocks.  Assemble in vertical rows, adding the two Checked “Half  Blocks” to the center row as shown.  Add border strips to the sides, and then to the top and bottom.

 

           

 

Here’s an alternate coloring:

 

Enjoy!

 

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