Rail Fence Improv Quilt Pattern Tutorial

Hello Everyone!

I’ve just published my first quilt pattern for digital download!!  Click HERE to buy the pattern.

It’s a great pattern for both beginners and experienced quilters.  Here’s the quilt I created for this pattern.  I used some of my favorite fabrics from my stash.  The dark sashing fabric is at least 10 years old…and I’m glad I kept it because it worked perfectly with the more modern fabrics.

Full cover 6-8-2015 v3









A closeup showing the sashing and a bit of the improv border:









And, here it is in patriotic colors!

Patriotic layout 1









I decided to make this pattern in a baby quilt size using very different colors.  This pattern has an improvisationally pieced border. For the baby size, I decided to only add improvisational borders on the top and bottom.  (Click HERE to buy the pattern.)

I know that one of the challenges for some quilters is how to go about piecing improvisationally.  So here are a few photos showing how I went about it.  This is the finished (unquilted) baby quilt top.

Baby quilt unquilted full 1









First,I gather all those leftover pieces from the rail fence blocks (pattern has instructions about this).  They may be different sizes but that doesn’t matter.















Then, I gather other scraps and cut them into strips measuring at least 1 inch wide up to 2-1/2  inches wide.  I start sewing these new pieces together into chunks that are about 6 inches long (more or less.

Close up strips 1







Eventually, I have a collection of chunks that start to look like this:

Close up multiple improv strips 2







Since my top improvised border is 4 inches wide by 49 inches long, I start sewing chunks together until it is the right width and length.  You will notice that there are some curvy sections in the photo above.  That’s because I decided to put curved blocks in my my rail fence blocks for this version.  Just for fun…..


Here are a couple of close up shots of my finished improvisational sections.

Close up improv strip pieced in






Strip pieced in 3

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