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Blocks 8 and 9 - Rail Fence and 25 Patch

As I do more blocks in this sampler quilt, the difficulty increases.  Actually, the blocks aren't that difficult.  But, since there are more pieces and more seams, the 1/4 inch seam allowance becomes more important.  If you are not accurate, the blocks will be too small.

First is a 9 inch Rail Fence Block. The strips are cut 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches so that each square ends up at 3 1/2 inches.

For the bright version, I switched the light and dark values.  Wouldn't a quilt look great with just this block but alternating dark and light?

Next is a 25 patch block because, you guessed it, it has 25 squares in a 5 x 5 grid.  Luckily this block finishes out at 10 inches which makes cutting easier.  Each square is cut 2 1/2 inches.

Notice how all the light squares are not all the same fabric?  I really like that variation - I don't know if there is a name for that color variation.  All the 25 patch blocks I saw online either were of 2 fabrics or totally scrappy (25 different fabrics)


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I finally finished the last Lone Star - this is the medallion for the center of the quilt.  I'm hoping that this is the last Lone Star I'll ever have to make.
The block needs to finish at 33 1/2 inches so each quadrant has to be 17 inches square.

I have a 16 inch square ruler so by using 3 rulers I can tell it's really close to the right size!  Big sigh of relief.

I'm even happy with the way that the back looks.

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