I Love My Bathroom-Tile Block!


Discusses some quilting key tips your need to know when working with the bathroom tile known as the rail fence.

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I Love My Bathroom-Tile Block!

Have you ever used the same pattern over and over again? I have! Many times over the years; I've used it with cottons, florals, solids, pastels, batiks, flannels, homespuns and fleece. It is my comfort pattern, my go to when I am in between the quilt I just completed and the next project I haven't started yet. It is my transition pattern. Between my sewing sisters, we refer to it as the " bathroom tile” pattern. It is officially known as the Rail Fence.

I Love My Bathroom-Tile Block!


What makes it my absolute favorite is it's versatility. My "go to” measurement is 3.5” x 6.5”. It is an awesome stash buster as well as a scrap buster. It is a perfect beginner pattern and skill builder. A wonderful way to practice using one of my many rulers, cutting strips , and taming that pesky quarter inch seam.

Rail Fence Block


Have you tried:

  1. Combining a floral themed strip with a coordinating solid - all batiks paired with black fabric strips just glow, like jewels, together.
  2. Using those border print fabrics paired with a solid
  3. Falling in love with ombre fabrics.
  4. Sewing the blocks in a column to accent a mug rug or placemat.
  5. Sewing four blocks together to make an amazing large block.
  6. Sewing four large blocks together and you have a pieced background to showcase your longarming skills or a sampler of those awesome specialty stitches on our machines.
  7. Using the large four patch block as a center panel for a special holiday or wall hanging.
  8. Making a wonderful background to needle turn or machine appliqué a motif or a heartfelt message such as "Welcome Home” or "Happy Birthday!”
  9. Using the block as an inner or outer border on a quilt.
  10. Here's the kicker! The Rail Fence block can be backed with fusible web and ironed on to felt. Yes! You can do that! Give that a try! Make a miniature block from your scrap bag, iron it on felt and turn it into a luggage tag or a bag accessory.
Rail Fence Miniature Block


One thing is for sure, We all love to sew! Beautiful fabrics are my treasures! I love my fabric stash right down to the last inch!

Rail Fence Block


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Attaching individual pieces of fabric to a background to form a design.

Same As: Applique
The basic unit of a quilt top, usually square but can be rectangular or other shapes. Blocks can be pieced, appliqued or plain.
A strip of fabric or pieced strip of fabric joined to the edges of the inner quilt and used to frame it.
Four Patch Block
A block with two, four, or multiples of four units per row.

See Also: Double Nine Patch, Nine Patch, One Patch, Patch
Various webs or interfacings which can be ironed onto a fabric for easier applique or to support the fabric.
A decorative applique design or figure, as of lace or velvet, used in trimming.
Rail Fence
Narrow fabric strips sewn together in blocks, and then rotated to form a running pattern which resembles a fence.
A quilter's personal collection of fabrics. Buying more fabric is adding to your stash.
A construction technique in which long, narrow pieces of cloth are joined lengthwise, sometimes with long rows of quilt blocks, to form a quilt top. The term "strip" can be used to describe the long pieces of fabric between blocks (see Sashing) or to describe the small, narrow remnants used in string patchwork.

See Also: Sashing
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