Saturday, April 30, 2016

An Experiment in Size

I recently did an experiment trying some of the Rail Fence blocks at half-size and I thought you might like to see it.


This block is 8 inches finished.  Isn't it cute?

I cut my initial blue and white strips at 3 1/2 inches wide, then sliced with the rotary cutter per the directions and sewed them together, as usual.  Then I cut the sewn strips down to 2 1/2 inches wide, and sub-cut the units at 2 1/2 inches also.  I was worried about my math skills, but it worked great!

This allowed me to use some of the smaller fabrics I had.

And here is what I made with the four smaller blocks that I made:


You can read more about my experiment on my blog:


9 comments:

  1. Great idea and the I love the results of your experiment! Must give this a try - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you do give it a try - and then let us know how it worked for you.

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  2. Love the small size blocks Sharon! True that they allow smaller scraps to work in your quilts and also would make scrappier quilts! I like the simplicity of blue and white here.

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    1. It was really pretty easy to figure out. I tried a "tester" first and that worked. I found that the fabric I wanted to use was only 35 inches wide. It is DaGama indigo fabric from South Africa and I've been saving it for the "right" project. I think I found that project!

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  3. This block is indeed cute and I love the runner.

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  4. Beautiful, Sharon -- thank you for sharing your scaled down blocks!

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  5. I love this! I have been thinking about using this pattern for a baby quilt so a smaller block would be perfect. Thanks for the share.

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  6. It look absolutely elegant! I love the combination of navy and white.

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Thank you for taking the time!