Batik Fat Quarter Patchwork Quilt
Easy 9-Patch Rail Fence Quilt Tutorial
Do you love fat quarters? Is your fat quarter stash getting too large? Or are you looking for an excuse to buy more fat quarters? If you answered yes, then you’ve got to try this beautiful batik 9-patch rail fence quilt block and make a fabulous patchwork quilt everyone will love.
The easy assembly process begins with strip-piecing lots of 2 1/2″ strips cut from cut them into usable sizes which saves time later. Then using a pattern to show them all off together is a must.
Easy 9-Patch Rail Fence Quilt Block
Strip Pieced 9-Patch Quilt Block
There are many ways to piece a 9-patch block. This quick & easy strip-piecing method begins by sewing multiple combinations of three 2 1/2″ x 20″ strips together. Once crosscut into 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces, they are sewn into 9-patch blocks.
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For this pattern, the top strip is made with low volume fabrics to create the primary rails across the quilt. Both second and third rows are a mix of batiks which create the vibrant beauty of this quilt. There are so many design opportunities for this pattern, it’ll be hard to make just one!
How to Cut Fat Quarters into Jelly Roll Strips
Cut Strips from Selected Fat Quarters
This pattern is made with 2 1/2″ x 20″ strips cut from low volume and batik fat quarters. Strips are cut from each fat quarter as indicated in the photo above. Multiple strip-sets of three different fabrics are sewn and crosscut into 2 1/2″ sets. Each block is made up of two focal fabric strip-sets with a low volume strip on top.
How to Crosscut Stripsets for a 9-Patch Quilt Block
Crosscut Eight 2 1/2″ Strips From Each 20″ Stripset
This lap size quilt requires 120 blocks for a 10 x 12 block layout. Each stripset should measure 6 1/2″ wide after sewing them together. As shown in the video, lay each stripset on your cutting mat to ensure it measures 20″. Beginning from one end, cut into 2 1/2″ strips. Be sure to move your ruler and not the fabric as you cut. When moving the fabric it’s easier to overcut your strips and you’ll end up with the last one coming up a bit short in size.
Cut both the batik and low volume stripsets in the same manner being sure you have 120 of each. Assemble your final quilt block by sewing a low volume strip to your batik 6-patch. Together they will create a beautiful 9-patch block. It’s worth nesting you seams for this block to create nice, square corners where the blocks meet around the center. Your finished blocks should measure 6 1/2″ square, or at least pretty close to it.
Give your blocks a good pressing and they are ready to assemble.
Batik 9-Patch Rail Fence Quilt Block Layout
When your 9-patch blocks are complete, sew them into a 4-patch pattern as indicated in the red box below. This will create the low volume rail fence design as indicated in the quilt diagram. Also notice the rail of double blue blocks that becomes visible. All those different fabrics make this a stunning quilt!
The rail fence block is a versatile & fun design to work with. The 9-patch rail fence block takes it to a new level with so many different batik fat quarter fabric possibilities. Give this fun patchwork quilt a try!