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2013-14 Exploding Rail Fence

Exploding Rail Fence

This quilt which I call Exploding Rail Fence is made from the quilt blocks designed by the Three Dudes and made popular by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I forget what they call it, but I can only think of it as Exploding Rail Fence.

To make this block, you start with two rail fence blocks.  They are placed right sides together with one of the blocks rotated 90 degrees.  You then sew around all four sides of the sandwich.  Then you cut the sandwich on the diagonal into quarters.  The quarters are opened up, pressed, rearranged and sewn together to form a square.

The result is a block that is quite different from the rail fence you started out with.  Unfortunately, all of the blocks now have bias edges.  I really dislike bias edges on blocks because it is hard to keep the block square and true.  So to counteract the bias, I put straight grain coping strips on all four sides of the blocks.  They ended up looking like this:


I then added sashing and sashing blocks.  Because the coping strips were on the straight grain, the blocks were true and square.

Exploding Rail Fence Blocks

Then the borders of a blue striped shirting fabric were added.  The quilting design is called Fantasia but unfortunately, I do not know the name of the designer.  The backing is a light blue small vintage print that I bought while on holiday in New York City.  The binding in a deep purple is attached to the front by machine and sewn with an invisible stitch to the back by machine with Superior MonoPoly thread.  The corners were hand stitched to finish the quilt.

It is quite big and will be a gift to someone, someday!