QA Class 140 Lesson 4 Project: Harriet’s Triple Rail Fence Quilt

I finished “Harriet’s Triple Rail Fence Quilt” top! I’m naming mine “April Showers.”


I’m excited how it turned out, especially the way the herring-bone zig-zags across the quilt. What a fun and simple way to use two strip sets to make a fun eye-catching design.

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I love the advice that Harriet gives about picking a large-scale floral, and picking out the rest of the colors based on the colors in the floral. I picked a wild bright floral, and ended up choosing a variety of wild tones that made my pattern a bit busier than Harriet’s example, but it suits. There were some fun subtle prints – the waves and the raindrops – check it out!


There is a note in this pattern that has you make a mock-up using color copies of the fabric before piecing. I struggled with this! I found that there were a bajillion ways to combine the fabric I chose, and I have a hard time choosing one among bajillion! But after texting the bajillion pictures to a friend, with her help I was able to make a decision.

The mock-up helped me understand the way the design was made with two different “strip sets” and having it for reference really helped later when I was laying out the blocks!


I just love how the starching and pressing practice on this quilt made it so easy to sew the strips together. Everything ended up lying so flat and square!


I got impatient and attached borders to this quilt before I learn the Harriet way. But this top was just begging to be contained a bit. The fabric on the border kinda cracks me up. It’s so directional! All those lime green flowers lined up on the edge make me so happy.


What about you? Have you ever used a large print to determine your color choice? Have you made a quilt using “strip sets”?

This post is part of a series where I work through Quilter’s Academy, a book by Harriet Hargrave & Carrie Hargrave. See archives for the rest of the series.


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