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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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