Fence Rail Star

Fence Rail Star

The quilt I used for inspiration is made of 9 blocks of the pattern, Fence Row Star or Log Cabin Star (Brackman #3749) that was published by Hearth and Home Magazine. I’ve always found it interesting that only one of the nine blocks is pieced correctly! I wanted to examine how the block might have been pieced and what could have confused the maker. In looking at information about the block from different sources and a couple of other quilts of this pattern in the Quilt Index, I discovered some ambiguity about color placement in the block which I also explored. I used modified strip piecing techniques to ultimately make this block and it still took focus to get the right color in the right place—I can really understand how someone using template cut pieces could have become confused! It was interesting to explore the construction of this block and you have to admire the original maker’s persistence. She may have been confused—but she got a quilt done to keep her family warm!