SAHRR2022 – Round Five Rail Fence Block OR Appliqué
It’s time for Round Five of the Stay At Home Round Robin or SAHRR2022 for short. Gail from Quilting Gail gave everyone a choice this week between two completely different blocks as her prompt. The first choice is the Rail Fence block, which has a lot of variations and oodles of options. Equally as versatile is the second prompt of appliqué. Considering our recent and historical finishes, we opted for . . . are you ready? . . . applique.
SAHRR Status So Far
So far in the SAHRR2022, we have shared our center block along with a heart-shaped curve block, a nifty diamond block, our prompt choice of a wonky star block. Last week, we introduced our spin on the signature/autograph block. Our focus is a dresser runner for Addison that needs to finish at 18″ x 36″. To ensure that it matches her ballerina quilt, we’re using the same Tula Pink fabrics. Those little fairies flying about just warm my heart, and more details are shared in the post links shared near the bottom of this post.
Rail Fence or Appliqué
Gail’s prompt this week gives us a bit of freedom to choose between the rail fence or appliqué. We have made the rail fence block several times before, most notably in a queen-sized quilt for our nephew, John in three shades of blue. The block itself offers oodles of options from the number of rails to varying the widths of the rails. Layout options for that block are also abundant, so it makes it an appealing choice.
The alternate option of the appliquéd block is also an appealing choice. We have done a fair amount of appliqué historically throughout our quilting career. One of our favorites would have to be the big boy truck quilt we made for Dominic on his second birthday. Who can beat the response of hugging his new quilt as soon as he tore off the paper? That certainly warmed our hearts and cemented my love of appliqué for good.
Appliqué All the Way, Baby
Once the decision was made to focus on appliqué, it was rather easy to determine our direction. This was meant to be a dresser runner for our sweet girl, Addison. What better choice than to use letters that spell out her name? While she has recently been very upset that her name didn’t have the letter “C” in it, we choose to ignore that option. Her brothers and cousin all have a “C” in their name, and we are against spelling her name as “Addisonc”. That’s how she insisted she wrote it for a few days until “C” was forgotten. We can be firm when saying, “No” occasionally.
Before Sue got to work tracing the appropriate letters onto Heat ‘n Bond lite, we let Addison choose the color for her letters. We had several complementary solid color fabrics for her to select. First, she held the solid coral to her face and said, “pretty.” Then, she picked up the solid blue with the coral and again said, “pretty.” Finally, she held the blue out to Auntie Sue and said quite clearly, “Addison’s letters.” Okay then, that left very little doubt. We love a girl that can make up her mind quite decisively.
After laying out all the letters on last week’s signature block on our snazzy orange ironing board, I carefully adhered the letters in a straight line. I might just be a wee bit OCD about the letters being centered, straight, and spaced nicely. Once they met with my approval, I started buttonholing them. It didn’t take long and all seven letters were complete. To assist in a decision on the final layout, we pinned the pieces to the design wall. Yes, this just might work and also meet the necessary length and width requirements.
Addison Appliqué Ta-Da
Woohoo, we are happy to share our final layout. We think. To assist us in a decision on the final layout, we pinned the pieces to the design wall. Yes, this just might work and also meet the necessary length and width requirements.
Since there is only ONE ROUND LEFT, we have to allow for a potential alternate choice. The stars and hearts are sewn together and I am not, let me repeat, NOT ripping them apart again. The diamond could move, the signature block or the wonky star may shift but not the star and hearts.
More Signature Block Fun!
Check out our fellow SAHRR blog friends for their suggestions on how to use the rail fence or appliqué block in your fifth round:
- Anja @ Anja Quilts
- Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
- Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- Gail @ Quilting Gail with a linky party!
- Chris @ Chris Knits Sews
Share your ideas in the comments below and link up when you’re ready. We all look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with! Next week is the final and sixth-round prompt. You’ll have plenty of time to get ready for the last linky party on the 28th and the quilt parade on March 21st.
Our Previous SAHRR2022 Posts:
- Overview post
- Launch party – center block
- Round One – curved block
- Second Round – diamond block
- Round Three – star block (wonky star)
- Fourth Round – signature/autograph block
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