Wow.  This is the fastest I’ve completed a quilt. Ever. I know that lots of quilters can take a quilt from start to finish quickly, but I don’t seem to be one of those people.  And I’m okay with that. The only part that bothers me is that I have so many projects I want to do and in order to do them, I’m going to have to finish my projects a little faster!

Last weekend I cut the strips for the rail fence quilt and sewed them in sets of three. I used 16 fat quarters, 4 prints in each of 4 colors. I wasn’t sure about my color choices, but the more I worked with these prints the more I liked them.

Then, no sewing for the rest of the week. 🙁

So I set a goal for myself: finish this quilt by the end of the weekend. I made my goal with 36 minutes to spare!  I celebrated with a glass of orange juice. Yep, I’m a partyer…

So I started Friday evening after I made all that strawberry jam.  That evening I finished cutting the sets into 6-1/5 blocks. There are ninety-nine of them. Ninety-nine.

I put them on the design wall, changed the placement of two blocks (can you believe it, only two!) and started sewing the rows together. It went amazingly fast. Before I knew it, I had all the rows done and I was ready to put them together. I won’t bore you with the rest of the details, I’m just going to show you some pics!

Rail Fence Quilt

Rail Fence Quilt

Just so you know, I am in love with this quilt. I think the colors are great and it was a fun quilt to make. This is also the first time I’ve pieced a backing and I can see I’ll be doing a lot more of that!  The only part I didn’t enjoy was the math – my math skills aren’t the greatest. 🙂

Rail Fence Quilt Pieced Backing

I attached the binding by machine which is another first for me. I wanted to be sure the binding would hold up through every day use. I must say, I’m not a fan of the machine binding method. I much prefer finishing it by hand. But, it’s fast and durable and was a good decision for this particular project.

Rail Fence Quilt Binding

I kept the quilting to a minimum so it would feel puffier and more like a cuddly blankie. I’m super satisfied with the way the quilt turned out, and I hope it brings some comfort and happiness to the person who receives it.

Rail Fence Quilt

I’ve been thinking about a name for it and finally came up with Summertime Sizzler.  The colors are so vibrant and it just reminds me of a hot summer day, walking barefoot in green grass, with the blue representing cool water.  I think it fits.

I’m getting ready to wash it – it’s been toted around a lot – and wanted to know: Do you wash your quilts before gifting them?  I’ve asked a couple of people and received different answers. I’d like to know what you do.

Now, on to the next project!

Beth