FREE Pattern! Donna's Modern Rail Fence From a Jelly Roll Quilt :)

FREE Pattern! Donna's Modern Rail Fence From a Jelly Roll Quilt :)



[Applause] hi i'm donna jordan from jordan fabrics today i'm going to show you how to make a rail fence from a jelly-roll a rail fence with an accent so let's pick out a jelly-roll and get started we're going to use a pre-cut jelly roll from motive fabrics this is made from hombre metallic fabrics these are really cool this is the fabrics all of these bolts they vary in color dark to light and then back to dark you've got these wonderful dots some of which are metallic so let's open this up see what all the colors look like and pick the accent I'm going to open up the package here so I can see what the colors look like because you can't always tell from the outside of the jelly roll so let's unroll it a little bit and then we get a much better idea of the colors this has just a lot of fun colors so let's fan this out and get an idea of the colors so the darker parts of every strip seem to be down at this end but that gives us a good idea so I think I'm going to use an almost solid or a grunge for the accent the garage fabrics from mode they are almost solid but they're purposefully distressed a little bit so you can see either a little shading or sometimes a little bit of a different color we've got a little purple a little bit of pink here so I use these where you might use a solid because they have a little more detail a little more going on and it doesn't sit as flat as a solid white so I'm gonna pull a couple colors out I want something in the medium tones that might work this blue might work if I was going to go with a solid this one would work real well I'm trying to get something in the middle if I go with a really dark black it's gonna pop too much so I just want a little bit of color and here's another one that would look pretty good that green I think that's what I'm going to go with all we need is one jelly roll and one yard of fabric I've got mine you grab yours and let's get started the first thing we need to do is to cut our accent fabric so I need 24 strips that are 1 inch wide so I'm going to cut some off the bolt here and iron it up so I can cut it nice and accurately I'm going to be cutting four layers of fabric here if you only like cut two that's okay or if you like to cut eight that's okay it's a matter of personal preference now I do find that putting a weight up there really helps so I'm lining up my ruler with the grid that's on the cutting board and that weight really helps keep it nice and neat too nice and straight without moving so I'm gonna cut these 1-inch because we just want a little bit of accent showing now these 1 inch strips are going to be put between our jelly roll strips so we need to sort these strips so that we have a nice blend of colors so the rail for our rail fence today is going to have three strips so I'm going to start sorting these into darks mediums and lights so I can pick out three strips and put it with two of these guys and that then we're gonna make a strip unit so let me show you I'm gonna pick a dark and then I'm gonna pick a medium and then I'm gonna pick one of the light ones so I'm going to have a strip unit that's going to look like this and then we're going to cut that into squares and those will be all our rail fences so I'm gonna sort all my colors first I've sorted all my strips so I've got three in each group and I just threw one of these accent colors on top to make sure I like the accent with everything I need to use 36 strips and my Jelly Roll had 40 so there's two of them I'm not going to use I didn't really like this color green with the accent and this one is pretty close to the accent so that won't show very well so now we're going to take these groups and we're gonna stitch them into a strip unit now your groups may look completely different because every Jelly Roll is different but try to get a darker and a medium and a lighter if possible for every group that you have before we stitch these up I want to give you a couple of hints about the pink two edges on these jelly roll strips so motor cuts there's with a pink edge most of the manufacturers cut them with this small pink to edge but you can always put it up against your ruler you can see what they're doing is they're measuring the two and a half inches from the innermost part of the pink edge so you always get the full two and a half inches so when you put a strip on here that's not paint you can just put it right along the narrowest then the inside parts of the little pink and it will come out straight and you will get your full two and a half inches so we're going to lay the green accent right on the inside of those pinked edges and we're going to sew a quarter inch from the edge of the accent which is also a quarter inch from the inner most edges of that jagged cut now when you sew strips units like this try to not stretch either one just lay them right out smoothly one on top of the other and then stitch I don't have trouble with mines bowing but if you do you can stitch your first seam this way and your next seam the other way and then your next seam that way you can alternate now I'm gonna finger press this I'm gonna finger press to the right I'm gonna press all the seams in this unit to the right so I'm just pulling it open a little and drawing my fingernail or the pad of my finger down along that seam because it makes ironing it easier now we're going to stitch the middle piece on and it's a little bit trickier to get your seam exactly perfect here but it'll be close enough because these zigzags are gonna be hanging off a teeny bit you could always flip it around and so from the other direction so my presser foot is a quarter inch and so I'm putting that right on the inside of those little Jags and my accent fabric is right on the inside and that's just gonna come out just right these are so much fun to make I just love the little accent color in there and this confetti fabric is kind of on break it goes a little bit lighter in the middle so every block is gonna look a little bit different so since I finger pressed it's laying pretty flat already so I'm gonna start by just ironing it without steam and pressing it open a little bit making sure it's nice and flat and then I'm gonna take my straightedge and see how straight I've got it before eyes things of it that's pretty straight there even though I knock the little stick there it's pretty straight so now I'm gonna add the steam and get it really now the strip unit should be seven and a half inches that's what I was hoping for and mine does look like it's seven and a half inches if yours comes out a little bit smaller or even a little bit bigger don't worry about it but when you cut your blocks out of this you want to make them as wide as your strip unit came out so for instance if yours only came out seven inches wide then you're gonna want to cut seven inch blocks so so your strip units and double-check the size before you cut the blocks I'm going to just cut them one at a time here seven and a half inches and I will get five of them out of this unit and then I'm going to stitch everything else up cut them all three with the block very cool so those are going to be what our real fence is gonna look like I have all of my blocks cut out now and I started laying out the quilt and twisting things around till I have a really nice layout now my jelly roll was a little more challenging because it's a lot of different colors most jelly rolls have a theme and you'll have half of them green and half of them cream or a third green a third red a 3rd cream it's a little bit easier mine was a little challenge so that I could get the nice strong split-rail fence look there so I had to move things around and trying to get to picky but I wanted a strong pattern I also wanted these confetti dots sprinkled throughout so I've kind of it's kind of like I've thrown the confetti and it's spread out here and it's spread out there and there's a little bit less around the edges and this is really really fun so you could also do just a random colorway instead of making these strong lines you could just put your blocks at random and keep moving them around and again use your cell phone make a layout take a picture then move them around take another picture and that will really help you decide what's gonna look best to get the strong rail fence pattern you can really see it from this angle the blocks are only turned two ways I have the prominent dark one on the right and the prominent dark one on the top the right and the top when you do that you get that whole continuous line running throughout the quilt there are different ways to lay out rail fences but this is the traditional way and I think this is the strongest layout for this pattern now I don't want my blocks to get mixed up when I sew them together so I'm gonna leave this on the table and I'm just gonna stick a pin in the first block from every row here and that way I will know as I saw my rows that every row at the beginning is gonna have one of these pins in it now I'm just going to pick up this one row in order I'm going to sew this row and then I'm gonna lay it right back on the table to make sure I didn't get it flipped around here's this row stitched together and I do like to lay it out make sure I didn't get anything turn to the wrong way of course this row is a little bit shorter now because it's got the seam allowances in it now for the direction of your seam allowances back here you want to always press it towards this long piece so this is pressed that way and this one is pressed that way because there's all these seam allowances here and it wants to go that way when the whole quilt is done they will all be alternating because this is going to go this way this scene here is going to go that way and that'll make it really easy for me to get these lined up when I sew the rows together so I'm gonna make each row separate and then I'm going to sew the rows together and then we'll be ready for borders this was by far the most fun rail fence variation I've ever made you can see from here the accent fabric that's between all of those strips it's subtle but it unifies it very very nicely and that strong rails they are showing just throughout the whole quilt now there are special things you have to do when you're stitching with those pinked edges because when you cut your strip units now you have some painte edges and some that are not so I'm gonna do something I tell my customers never do this this is not as straight as most of my stitching is so if you get up really close I tell people don't point out the flaws but I had a lot of trouble matching all of my intersections now when you get back and now that it's quilted you really can't tell but I'm just telling you so you're warned you will get better at stitching those pinked edges I used the ombre fabric on the border and it looks really good because we've got dark in some spots and then light in some spots and I used the same binding and I moved it a little bit so I've got dark here where this is light and I've got to show you the backside I almost like the back of the quilt as much as the front so I took all the scraps from the strip units and stitch them into a border so this is the same ombre confetti on the backside here and these are just the scraps from when we made those strip units I just sewed them into one long piece and then remember I had a couple of strips left over I just cut those down to one inch put it on each side and sandwiched it and so this is just stuck in where the back would have been seamed anyway and this is just a great look on the backside I always like to make my backs interesting but this one is just really really fun I love how the there's more dots more dots less dots more dots just tons of fun thanks for watching our tutorial today on the modern rail fence now we will have this as a free pattern on our website so it'll be really easy for you to make your own happy quilting

38 Replies to “FREE Pattern! Donna's Modern Rail Fence From a Jelly Roll Quilt :)”

  1. Every time I watch one of your tutorials I want to rush right too my machine and repeat your quilt design. Mahalo for keeping me excited.

  2. Just recently found your videos… as a beginner quilter, thank you so much for your step by step instructions and tips! But more importantly… did you put chocolate milk in your coffee?! That might be the best quilting tip yet!

  3. Dona, I admire you so very much, I am your biggest Fan.. Every night before I go to bed, I watch your videos.
    My biggest wish is to be able to go to your store one day God willing.
    And I will be Shopping all day. You are One of the Smartest person that I ever met. God Bless you.

  4. I love pieced backs. I always use the leftover fabric on my backs. And I can't wait to make this accented rail fence 💜

  5. I just bought a jelly roll from Joanne's Fabric the jelly roll has a Pecking shears along the side of it How can I use it to make log cabin with it.

  6. Another great video, thanks Donna! One of these days I’m going to make the trip from Canada to your store.

  7. Just found you! Straight and to the point! I’m a fan! I’m sure your newly finished quilts hang around for a while but what do you do with them when you’re finished with them?

  8. I really love u and yr job. I wish i could order from u quilt fabric so that i can make like u do. I live in Norway. Pls let me know if i can buy from yr shop. We dont have that kind of funcy fabric and really rare to find for quilting.

  9. Thank you, Donna. Always love your tutorials. For someone who's only just started patchwork, you've been a great help.

  10. Another wonderful tutorial! Donna you are so great at explaining how to get the best outcome. I've started using your finger press technique and what a difference! I can't wait to make this pattern!

  11. Gosh Donna wish I lived near your store. You are amazing with these projects, you always say its so easy1!!!

  12. I just found your channel and I love this quilt! I love the back of it! Having an “interesting “ back is very important, I agree!

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