To make my 12 inch square block, I started by cutting three strips of fabric, each 1 1/2 inch wide. In order to make 16 three inch squares, I needed the strips to be 56 inches long. Since my fabric wasn't 56 inches long, I ended up making two sets strips, the first set was about 44 inches long, and then the second set was about 15 inches long. First I sewed the blue strip to the white strip, right sides together, then I sewed the red strip to the other edge of the white strip.
Next came the huge decision of how to arrange the 16 squares for my final quilt block. Should I arrange the squares this way:
As with the other quilt blocks I have featured this month, the combinations of fabrics and colors create endless variations of the quilts blocks, and the interweb is a wonderful place to explore the Wide variety of patterns available and to get ideas. The book I was using as a guide for my block showed using three different fabric strips to make the block, but I have found many beautiful quilts that use four different fabrics, such as this one at http://www.abbimays.com/assets/images/free%20quilt%20patterns/5railfence2.jpg:
I can see a mistake in the diagram above too. Can you see it?
And Victorianquiltdesigns.com has an easy rail fence design that uses just three strips of two different fabrics:
Equilters.com offers another 20 different sample quilt layouts using the Rail Fence block. So who's ready to go and build a Rail Fence?