My very first pattern was the Rail Fence. This is the only quilt I've actually liked from all that I've made and I was delighted when DD#1 no longer needed it and traded it for another! ;^)
My first luv was, and probably still is, home decorating. I was a busy gal and had no time for make work projects like cutting up fabric and sewing it back together again. But then I went to a national quilt show and SAW what all that cutting, rearranging and sewing could do. Coordinated bedding! Somehow I missed the art aspect of it although it was there. This would have been back in the mid eighties.
This is a lap sized quilt with diagonal cross hatching. I am a machine quilter and I used the large border to practice feathers. I tried to do a value lesson with rails from light to dark. I still need lessons in value! lol But I liked the scrappy look. This was from my folk art period. LOL
My friend and show tour guide showed me using scissors to cut, templates for each rail! :O I bought fabric, those indescribable wee calicoes in bright reds, whites, and blues. I mixed poly cottons into the whole thing. I had enough fabric to cover our small town and after making two twin beds, a crib, some pillows, etc, I decided a queen size for my sister was gonna be the end of that colour run! :}
But I was hooked.
It frustrated me as one can see in the small doll quilt which is so typical of the colour and fabrics available at that time. It is hard for those verticals and horizontals to end up playing nicely.
Not much remains of any of those early quilt projects but I was surprised to see the influence the pattern holds. I learned some things. Rotary cutters and strip piecing are the way to go! LOL But quick cutting and piecing often leads to a bigger time commitment to figure out layouts and quilting. I learned more is better. More rails, smaller rails, and less contrast appeals to me.
I also learned as I was searching for photos and old treasures that this first quilt block has actually influenced a lot of my quilting but that is for another Tuesday. Who knew it would turn out to be such a treasure!