A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Virginia Worm Fence

  Virginia Worm Fence Block

Today we’ll make this cutie.

I had fun going through my Thimbleberries cart today!



  • 1 strip 1″ x 15″ of 2 fabrics


Sew the long sides of the 2 strips together.

Press the seam flat as sewn, then press it open.

Cut 9 segments 1  1/2″ each.

Arrange the segments for the block.

The seams will nest if you let them naturally

go the path of least resistance as shown below.

I recommend pinning at the seams.

Pin where the seam will be sewn,

1/4″ away from the edge not some arbitrary place.


See what I mean below?

If you pin where you want to sew

you’re actually holding the pieces together more accurately.

Look how easy it is to be precise!

For the second seam,

the seam allowances will just naturally

go the right direction for nesting.

Just snug them up & pin in place.


& look how flat this block is

after pressing it on my new wool pressing mat!

Love it!

I’m using the 8  1/2″ square.

It’s perfect on my small ironing board.

I have them on my website if you need one.

Make a couple more.


Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!


Just Keep Sewing…


2 thoughts on “1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Virginia Worm Fence”

  1. I love all of the blocks you are showing. Would you consider putting them all in a book? I started drawing them and keeping notes on them, but I have not kept up. Maybe they are already in a book or publication?

  2. Norma, I had no idea where these blocks were going when we started sewing them more than a month ago! I’ve had a lot of fun choosing what block to make each day and then figuring out the dimensions of the pieces to make them all 3″ square. Now that the end result is in sight I have thought about a book!
    Thanks for your comment! I appreciate hearing from you. I’ll keep you posted.

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