Feb 11, 2009

Firecracker or rail fence?

I've never been a big fan of the rail fence quilts, but I have seen some that I like. I originally started out to make a fire cracker blocks for my patriotic quilt but realized these could be laid out like rail fence.. I'm still leaning toward the fire cracker side. But honestly I'm not loving either one. I even tried a nine patch where the QST are but wasn't thrilled with that either. So, out of the 3 I think I'll be going with the firecracker, maybe just because firecrackers are how many Americans celebrate independence day. If you have any suggestions other then the ones I've tried I'd appreciate any suggestions. You know I just realized I could cut these rails up and make them all nine patch blocks, hmmm, then I'd have a ton of nine patch blocks I wouldn't know what to do with. I always do this, I always think I know what I want and by the time I get the blocks made I second guess myself. Does this happen to you? Just about every quilt I've made I start out loving it but by the time it is done I think I should have done things different. I have about 3 times this many rail blocks made already. I just made these QST out of some cheapo fabric I had to see if I was going to like it. If I decide to go with that one I'll be using the same fabrics that are used for the rails. Go ahead and click the image and get a better look and see what you think. Well, I come back to say that the more I look at it the more i think I'll just go ahead with the firecracker and be done with it and thenI can just start on another.


  1. I don't have any other suggestions, just a comment... Go with the Firecracker it dresses up the rail blocks and if you really look at that area in your picture the blocks pop out with a three D look... We are our worse critic

  2. Good choice with the firecracker. And I often end up re-thinking things, then end up with ufo's.

  3. I like the one on the right, but the graphics of the rails on point on the left are still 1000 times more interesting than the standard rail fence.

    Don't think things to death..there is always the next quilt in which we can incorporate what we learned in the last.


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