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Free Rail Fence Quilt Pattern

We are thrilled to announce our free Rail Fence Quilt Pattern! This FREE layout guide is perfect for quilters of all levels and comes in several size options, so you can make a quilt that fits your needs. If you love easy patchwork quilts, this Jelly Roll-friendly Rail Fence Quilt Pattern will surely become a favorite.

How to Make a Rail Fence Quilt

Rail Fence quilts are a classic patchwork design of blocks made from fabric strips arranged in a repeating pattern. Sometimes they form stairsteps, and sometimes they’re set on a diagonal to form W shapes. It’s one of those timeless quilt designs that can look traditional or modern based on your fabric choices, so get creative and have fun with your quilt design!

We created a FREE Rail Fence Quilt Size Guide for Crib, Lap, Large Lap, Twin, Queen, and King-size quilts.

This pattern is quick to make using 2.5″ strips, making it perfect for a baby quilt or for teaching a friend to sew. Stomp Stomp Roar by Stacey Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics (shown below) looks so cute as a Crib-sized Rail Fence quilt! Including one light fabric piece in each block highlights the stair step design.

Rail Fence blocks are easy to make with fabric from your stash, and you won’t need any technical cutting or piecing skills to make one! Once you have gathered your materials, it’s time to start sewing.

Rail Fence Quilt Supplies

To create your very own Rail Fence quilt, you’ll need:

That’s all you need to get started on your own Rail Fence quilt! Gather your supplies and get ready to sew.

Our Rail Fence Quilt Size Guide calls for precut 2.5” x 6.5” strips, but if you’re starting with longer strips you can save time by sewing 6.5” wide strip sets. From your strip sets, you can subcut those into 6.5” squares. To learn how to assemble strip sets, check out our Jelly Roll Twirl video tutorial.

Using only Jelly Roll strips makes this quilt come together quickly, so you can enjoy finishing a whole new quilt in no time! Whether you’re a beginner quilter or a seasoned pro, our free Rail Fence Quilt Pattern is perfect for your next quilt project.

Share with FQS!

Try out this Rail Fence quilt if you’re looking for a fun scrap buster, a quick gift or an easy palette cleanser between harder quilt projects.

If you do, be sure to share them with us on Facebook and Instagram using #FQSRailFenceQuilt and tag @fatquartershop so we can see and share your work!

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  1. I really love this series on jelly roll friendly quilts—I have so many in my stash, and I need quick, easy, FUN patterns for using them up. Thanks a bunch!

  2. This is a great resource! Even better would be to include the number of 2.5” strips to a make each size.

    1. One strip (Width of Fabric at least 40 inches) will yield 6 rectangles that are 2.5″ by 6.5″. Their chart tells you how many rectangles are needed. For example the lap quilt takes 240 rectangles. 240 divided by 6 equals 40 strips. A Jelly Roll has 40 strips but you might not want to use every one of them.

    1. See my reply to Sandal above. Just divide the number of rectangles required for any given size by 6 for how many WOF strips needed.