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C3 – Rayelle’s FenceI

April 18, 2008

C3 – Rayelle’s Fence
C3 Rayelle's FenceI found this block to be pretty simple. I strip pieced it, which basically allowed me to end up with something resembling a 9 patch to finally piece.

To start I cut strips that were 1 1/4″ wide. You need at least 20″ of length, but I like to give myself some wiggle room. I had some scraps that were 11″ long, so used two of those. Sew your color and white strips together lengthwise, being sure your seam allowance is at exactly 1/4″. Press the seam towards the darker color.

Strip Piecing Rayelle's Fence (C3)

Cut four 2″ pieces from your pieced strip.
Strip Piecing Rayelle's Fence (C3)

Then cut eight 1 1/4″ pieces from the rest of your strip. With these you will make four little 4-patches. Flip one piece and sew it to another. Because you pressed the seam to the dark side, all your seams will “lock” together nicely.
Strip Piecing Rayelle's Fence (C3)

Cut a 2″ square of the color for the center. Line up all your squares as shown. Then you can piece them together as you would a nine patch. Sew the top row together, then the center, and the bottom. Then sew those three rows together.
Strip Piecing Rayelle's Fence (C3)

I like piecing blocks in square sections because I think it makes it easier to line up seams on the last step. Sewing this block in 5 rows doesn’t allow for as much error in your seam allowances because small errors compound with the amount of seams in one row.

The verse I memorized with this block is one I’ve come across several times lately. I’m reading a few different books at once, and the subjects just happen to all be relating. I figured since this is something that I’ve come across so many times in the last few days that it would be a good verse to choose. There was nothing about the block that brought anything else to mind anyway! Matthew 6:1, 6 – Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

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