Jelly Roll Week – Sarah shows ideas with a Fence Rail


Hi girls! It’s Sarah again, from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I’m hoping you’re enjoying Jelly Roll week. Here’s another project idea that I had. We
came up with this, we used one Jelly Roll. We sewed them in strips, we sewed five in a

You sew one direction, and then when you flip it over you sew the other direction. If that doesn’t make sense, which sometimes I’m not very good at that, go over to the tutorial site. Mom actually has a really good one that’s called the fence rail, this is basically it, only this is bigger. It kinda gives you a better idea.

So, what we did is we cut the five, is it five or six? It’s actually six! We sewed six together and when we put it together we alternated directions. We layed it out so that made the fence rail. Then with our left over material we had enough to make a little tiny scrappy border, which is really cute and adds a lot to your little project. So, here it is!

It’s a huge really, pretty big lap quilt.

This is just one jelly roll. Have fun do it! Don’t be chicken! Have fun with Jelly Roll week guys!

We’ll see ya!

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  • What size did you cut the strips> 10 1/2?

  • what size are the cut strip sets? 10 1/2?

  • Hajens

    What is the finished quilt size?

  • Rchorine

    I am a beginner quilter and I have a jelly roll and I am interested in the fence rail quilt.  However, I had a hard time understanding sarah.  Is there a book that I can purchase that shows how to make the fence rail

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 24 @ 3:45am (UTC):

      There are some great books out there and I am happy to help also. For the fence rail you will sew 3 strips together and however tall they are, that is how wide you cut them…you are wanting to make a square. Them you just make rows of the blocks putting 1 block horizontally and the next one vertical. I hope this helps
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • what is the size of the strip?

    • Sarah

      2 1/2 inch strips

  • Ann

    Dear Jenny & Sarah,
    Thank you so much for your tutorials, they have helped me a great deal. I live in the UK and started quilting after I was diagnosed with post polio syndrome and needed a new interest when my mobility started to be affected. I feel I just cannot thank you enough for the great ideas and hours of pleasure you have given me.
    Regards, Ann McGilchrist, UK

    • MissouriQuiltCo

      Ann, thank you. I love the joy quilting brings into our lives! Thank you for bringing joy to me with this note. Thank you.

  • Nana Sue

    I like the pieced border idea. How wide did you make the borders?

    • JenM

      The inner border is a Jelly Roll Strip, (2″ finished) then the pieced border is 2″ finished and the outer border can be 4 – 5″ depending on what you want or what you have for fabric. Have fun!

  • funnybunny

    Hi there Jenny and Sarah, I am a beginner and would like to make a fence rail quilt but with 10 distinct fabrics with colours of different browns, beiges and creams as a sort of African theme. As I stay in Switzerland and cannot buy your lovely fabrics in a jelly roll, I will be cutting strips of 2.5 inches and would like some advice on how to put these colours together. Should I just mix them at random when sewing together or do I go from darks to lights.I see that one colour at the end of the row has to be consistent to form the fence rail. I would like to get a definite patter in the quilt, but using all these 10 colours in blocks as big as those in this tutorial. In between I would like to have a uni coloured square as well. I just love watching your tutorials – they have really inspired me to try and make my own quilt and now that I have retired I have the time. Thanks so much for your valued help here

    • JenM

      If you’re looking to keep a definite visible pattern, you can try using the light/dark values of the fabrics to create the effect you are looking for. So, you may choose the darker fabrics (regardless of color) as the ones to keep in same place in each square to create a pattern. Random is always pretty, too. So glad you are enjoying the tutorials! Thank you for watching.