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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rails or Coins

Yesterday Bonnie Hunter announced her 2017 Leader and Ender Challenge. This year it is a rail fence block. She doesn't have a specific size but gave several options and showed several ways to set them together. Normally I am not a leader and ender type of sewer so I have not participated in these challenges before, but this year may be different. When I was trying to finish my 100 patch top I had run out of enough variety of 2 inch squares so I got back into the 2 inch strip drawer for more variety. My thought was that once I pulled a strip it wasn't going back into the drawer but I didn't necessarily need that many squares of one fabric. I decided to cut either one or two 6.5 inch lengths and the rest in squares. Before I finished I had a nice little basket of these 2 by 6.5 inch rectangles. My thinking was that I would either use these for Chinese Coins or the stacked book pattern. Now the rail fence block may be an option. Four of these strips sewn together will make a square. So I stitched up a few just to test it.


At this point I am not really sold on it, but maybe it is too soon to tell, so I stitched up a few more.


Still not sold so I laid them out as Chinese Coins.


I like this maybe better. I left it over night and this morning I thought I would see how it would look on the diagonal.

I think I like this way the best if I stay with the rail fence challenge. I will just keep making the blocks whenever I have a few minutes to sew and just see how things come along.


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Happy Stitching.

Teresa


5 comments:

  1. Hi Teresa your rail blocks are looking great and you sure are off to a great start; for some reason I all ways like these in the Chinese's Coin sets specially on white they make such stunning quilts, looking forward to seeing where they take you Cheers Glenda

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    1. thanks I am leaning towards to coins but who knows

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  2. Lovely scrappy 'rail' blocks! I too find using the design wall really helps, look forward to seeing just which way you decide to go! Thanks for linking up to 'sew stitch snap SHARE'

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  3. Rail Fence and Coins - that does sound familiar :-)
    I am sure you have enough fabric to make one of each variation. All pretty and scrappy. Terrific stashbuster too!!!

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    1. I am sure you are right, who know may do both

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