# did I do the math right?

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• 10-18-2011, 03:23 PM
Rhaorth
I want to make a scrappy fence rail quilt... queen size... approx 86"x93"

my blocks will be 8" square... no borders on finished quilt....

so that would be 11 squares across = 88" and 12 squares down = 94"... am I correct so far....

each block will have 4 strips... so I will need a total of....
11*12=132 squares
132*4 strips per square = 528 strips????

Is that right? ahhh that is a lot... I got about 50 or so cut now heh... want to cut all before I start then just pull random from the stack for making the blocks, then pull blocks randomly for making the quilt top

so did I do that math correctly?
• 10-18-2011, 03:27 PM
LucyInTheSky
The math looks good to me :)
• 10-18-2011, 03:29 PM
QuiltnNan
i would say that's right
• 10-18-2011, 03:30 PM
Rhaorth
I was scared of that LOL

Thanks for checking, think I need to go to the other room and cut some more strips. looks like I will be cutting into some yardage (why is it I hate to cut into a larger piece of fabric)
• 10-18-2011, 03:32 PM
dunster
8x12=96, otherwise the math is fine. You are making your strips 2.5" x 8.5"? Usually a rail fence is done with a set color scheme, so you don't pull fabrics randomly, but it can be made scrappy as well. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.
• 10-18-2011, 03:33 PM
Just make sure you account for the seam allowance of your strips because all of your math is based on a "finished" 8" block. Each strip would need to be 2.5" x 8.5"
• 10-18-2011, 04:29 PM
LucyInTheSky
Quote:

Originally Posted by dunster
8x12=96, otherwise the math is fine. You are making your strips 2.5" x 8.5"? Usually a rail fence is done with a set color scheme, so you don't pull fabrics randomly, but it can be made scrappy as well. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.

Why 8 x 12? It's 11 rows by 12 rows...?
• 10-18-2011, 04:34 PM
PaperPrincess
Quote:

Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
Quote:

Originally Posted by dunster
8x12=96, otherwise the math is fine. You are making your strips 2.5" x 8.5"? Usually a rail fence is done with a set color scheme, so you don't pull fabrics randomly, but it can be made scrappy as well. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.

Why 8 x 12? It's 11 rows by 12 rows...?

The block finishes at 8 in, and she has 12 rows, so the quilt will measure 88 X 96, not 94
• 10-18-2011, 04:35 PM
mhunt1717
12 8" squares down will make the length 96", right?
• 10-18-2011, 04:43 PM
Rhaorth
oops thanks for the correction on the math there (yes should be 8x12=96")

Yes I am cutting them 2.5 x 8.5 allowing for the 1/4" seam allowance (I have been reading a lot here before I started cutting for this)

I have looked at a lot of fence rails, and noticed they tend to have set color blocks, but I prefer scrappy... so I thought, why not use the design, but just do random strips... so.. I am :)

(don't tell the quilt police, they might come and scowl at me and my scrappy fence rail)

I will post pics once I start sewing, for now, it is just cutting... got a little over 80 strips so far... whew lots and lots of cutting... thank god for the rotary cutter, but I think I need to change the blade.. skipping a lot (trying to make it last as long as I could). I tried that tip cutting the foil, did not help mine, still skipping. ah well... do as much as I can, and can always use scissors if I need to
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