Off the Rails Quilt!

Off the Rails Quilt by Amy Ellis - Free Pattern at

Free Quilt Pattern – Off the Rails!

Hi friends! Meet Off the Rails. This quilt is my exploration of modern traditionalism in quilts. The ladies over at Simple Simon & Company – have invited everyone to explore the definition of a modern quilt throughout the year with a different theme each month. You can read more about it HERE.

Off the Rails Quilt by Amy Ellis - Free Pattern at

The flat shot better displays the quilt! I took a traditional rail fence block, and changed the size of the block, and length of units cut throughout the quilt. It was a fun puzzle to put together!

Off The Rails in progress by Amy Ellis -

After some planning and a lot of math, I sewed my strip sets and got busy cutting the various segments. To save myself a couple headaches, I wrote with a washable marker on each segment, so that I knew exactly which piece was which. I thought about sticky notes, but those never stick to fabric very well.

Off the Rails Quilt by Amy Ellis - Free Pattern at

It went together pretty quickly, all straight seams and a few partial seams to include a few of the vertical pieces. I backed it with a bright yellow fabric, and found the perfect print for the binding. It’s a dot that incorporates both the orange and pink colors. The quilting is a bit of a puzzle too, it was fun to watch it stitch out!

Off the Rails Quilt by Amy Ellis - Free Pattern at

For all my tips on making and attaching a binding, click HERE.

Off the Rails Quilt by Amy Ellis - Free Pattern at

It’s such a fun to make and very dynamic, I thought it was time for a free pattern! To get your copy, click the button below, and fill out the quick form. You will get a link to download the pattern in your email, shortly.

Off the Rails – Free Quilt Pattern!

Let me know what you think! I can’t wait to see it in different fabrics, I hope you are inspired to try something new!

Happy Quilting –


By |2017-02-26T20:23:10-06:00February 27th, 2017|finished quilt, pattern|6 Comments


  1. karen swann February 27, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Thanks, Amy! This is a real beauty, and I love the colors you chose. The change in sizes reminds me of your Hyperspeed quilt, which I’m smitten with–but maybe this is a better quilt for a newbie :)

  2. Zina Clark March 9, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Amy, I love this quilt! So cool!

  3. Doris Kennedy March 9, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I really will enjoy doing this quilt. I inherited two old tops that were rail fences from the 40-50’s.
    Thanks for the pattern.

  4. Pam M March 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Couldn’t have come at a better time – Off The Rails pretty much describes my life right now. Love the quilt – thanks so much for the freebie.

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter March 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Amy, for the fun quilt pattern! I love the colors you used…definitely the smallest piles in my stash since I seem to prefer to make quilts using cool colors. I just might need to try using warm colors!

  6. […] Amy Ellis, over at Amy’s Creative Side, recently offered up two new free patterns! One is for a mini quilt, which you can find HERE. The other is for a modern quilt, which you can find HERE. […]

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