This time we cut the blocks for the center of the quilt. For the Inner Border fabric, we chose a contrasting color (bright yellow) that will frame the Rail Fence blocks. Page 3 will post next week!
Lay a Step 1 cutting strip onto the cutting board making sure that it is straight. Use the lines on your cutting mat as a guide. Cut off the selvedge end for the first cut.
Cut strip set into 5, 8-inch squares.
If you notice that your strip sets arch a little, or do not seem square, follow the lines on the along the top of the strip set, and lay out the strip again. Trim off the fabric that will re-square the block as shown above. Trim off a slight amount of fabric...and don't be alarmed if you need to do this a couple of times while you are cutting.
You will have a little fabric left over at the end of each strip set. Add this to your scrap pile.
Repeat cutting for each Step 1 strip set! You will have a total of 50 blocks! Set aside blocks to make rows later!
Making the Inner Border strip
Cut 6, 2-inch Inner Border strips, wof
Join the strips, end-to-end with a diagonal seam, but laying the strips right-sides together, crosswise as shown.
Draw a diagonal line across the back of the top strip. This is your stitching line. We always pin our strips to keep them straight!
Stitch on the line, then trim 1/4-inch from the stitched line--this will be the seam allowance.
With a hot and dry iron, press the seam allowance (to either direction). You will have a little triangle of fabric ("dog ear") that sticks out from the strip.
Cut the little dog ear off. Join all 6 Inner Border fabric strips together to make one very long strip. We will use this strip later in the quilt.
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