The easiest way to make this Picket Fence Block is to use rotary cutting and a quick sewing method to make the Half Square Triangle blocks (HST's). There is an earlier article I've written here on various ways to make half square triangles - see several HST methods here.
The Picket Fence Block could be any size, for this example I am using a 9 inch finished size. This means that each square in the block is 3.5 inches before sewing and 3 inches after sewing.
Below is a cutting diagram for sewing the
Cut 6 squares that are 3.5 x 3.5 inches.
To make the 3 Half Square Triangle (HST) blocks, cut 2 squares, each 3-7/8" square of each fabric.
Make pairs, one of each color, right sides together. Draw or crease a line diagonally from corner to corner.
Now sew 2 seams 1/4" from each side of the creased or drawn line. Cut along the line and you will have 2 HST's made. Sew the second pair and cut and you will now have 2 more HST's. Press the seams toward the darker half of the HST.
Sew the 9 squares together to form the
Picket Fence Block. Sewing each row of 3 and then combining the 3 rows, matching
the seams, will make the most accurate block.
Below are 2 different examples of quilts you can make with just this one block in a 2-color combination, repeated and arranged in different ways with some sashing added.
Susan C. Druding
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