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Rail Fence Finishes

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Something clicked when Amanda Jean suggested this Scrap Basket Quilt Along.  I have been whittling away at my stash, and this seemed like a fun way to use a lot of fabric.  Boy’s quilts are especially needed, which caused me to think of the lonely pile of cowboy fabric scraps from Guthrie, OK, that has been waiting a long while to be used.  When I dug it out, I found a pile of plaid scraps left from a graduation quilt (circa 2000).  Okay, so a fun way to make two quilts.

 

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The cowboy fabric was red, light, and blue, so it ended up like this.

 

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I used up every smidge, including on the back, where I also added some orphan blocks, a solid, and a starry fabric.  Perfect for a little cowboy to sleep under.

 

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To quilt it, I first stitched in the ditch between all the blocks (per this post).  I liked Amanda’s approach to the quilting (she stitched a trio of wavy lines down every column and across every row), but I wanted to change it up, so mine are twirling ropes and strands of barbed wire.  Ouch!  I alternated rows to leave blank areas.

 

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I put hats on some. (Here’s the brown chalk stripe binding.)

 

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And boots on others.  I’m pretty happy with the results.  Bottom Line on the bottom, Masterpiece on top.

 

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I quickly decided to add khaki Kona to the plaids.  I did that to provide a place for the eye to rest, but it turned out to be a good idea structure-wise.  These woven plaids are very stretchy, and the solid really stabilized the whole top.  By the way, fabrics from long ago were a few inches wider than today’s.  I cut six sets of 6 1/2″ blocks from every set of sewn fabric strips, often with a bit left over to make into a block for the back.

 

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I also used up included an unusual … mosquito? print fabric, also left from a graduation quilt of the same era.

 

 

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This time I thought I would use the wavy lines, but just down and across the centers of the blocks, and really large.  And, after I found my rhythm, I was really pleased with the way I free-motioned these with no marking.

 

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The problem came when I turned the quilt and went across the original waves.  It formed these nesting, 3/4 circle things.  Actually, it makes giant puzzle pieces between/across the blocks.  I’m not sure I like it.  I looks vaguely like the quilting on a motel bedspread.

 

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But, it’s very even, and, with the quilting between blocks, holds the quilt together very well.  I used Superior’s Living Colors poly on top.  I bound it with the last (reasonably stable) bit of plaid.

 

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So, all and all, a fun couple of weeks and some learning, in the name of a good cause.  See the rest of these Rail Fences at Amanda’s Scrap Basket Quilt Along over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

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Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

8 thoughts on “Rail Fence Finishes

  1. I think Yuri approves! Really cute quilts, Valerie, great job on them!

  2. Two great quilts – I love plaids (old plaids).

  3. Two super quilts – did they make much of a dent in the scrap basket?

  4. looks amazing – visiting from crazy mum quilts. Amazing that you managed to get so much achieved in that time.

  5. You really nailed the cowboy quilt, complete with a starry sky! I love it! Both quilts are wonderful…great job!

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  7. Those are great finishes! I really like how you dug deep in your stash and used up some oldies but goodies!

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