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Month Two River Heritage BOM Mystery

Introducing Month two of River Heritage:

Railroad CrossingImage of Train Tracks and River

River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

 by Karla Kiefner/Creative Bee Studios

Month 2 – Railroad Crossing

Welcome to the second block in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! There is a variety of Railroad Crossing quilt blocks. This one is a simple, but stunning version. I think this block could make a great stash-busting, scrappy quilt all by itself!

Railroad Crossing uses dark, medium, and light fabrics. It is an easy block made with two four-patches and two half-square triangles.

Cutting Instructions

From light fabrics:                                        From medium fabrics:

1 – 7-inch square                                                        1 – 7-inch square

4 – 3 ½ inch squares


From dark fabrics:

4 – 3 1/2-inch squares                                                                         RST = right sides together


Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the 7-inch light square. Lay the light square on the 7-inch medium square, matching edges, RST. Using a quarter-inch foot, sew ¼ inch on each side from the drawn line. Cut on the line. Press each half square triangle towards the darker fabric. Square/trim each block to 6 ½ inches.

Chain-piece the light 3 ½ inch squares onto a dark 3 ½ inch square, RST. Press to the dark. Lay out the pieces according to the block picture.

Turn the top row down onto the bottom row, RST, matching seams and pin. Stitch across the top. Press four-patches open. Trim each block to 6 ½ inches.Image of RR Crossing Block

Lay out all the pieces according to the picture. Turn the top right four-patch onto the half-square to its left. Stitch. Press to the half-square. Repeat with the bottom section, turning the half-square onto the four-patch and press to the half-square.

Turn the top row down onto the bottom row, RST, matching seams and pinning. Stitch across the top. Press seam open.

Square block to 12 ½ inches. You have made your Railroad Crossing!

River Heritage Month 2

Here’s my version: Image of Quilt Block

Share your block using #riverheritage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*A special thank you to my nephew, Blake Kiefner, for letting me use his gorgeous picture of the frozen Mississippi!

If you are just joining us, WELCOME! Be sure to scroll down or click on the pictures for links to the Introduction and Month One!

Image of Mystery Quilt Poster

Click here for link to Introduction.

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Click here for link to Month One.

Month Three will be posted right here on March 12, 2018.

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  1. Shirley Richardson

    February 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I notice that you are using different colors on the second block from the first block. Should they be that different in color?

    • The Bee

      February 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi, my quilt is going to be out of lots of different teal/aqua, coral, and gray/black fabrics with neutral lights. Of course, you can make yours any color combinations you like. I did originally make my first month’s block with a teal paddlewheel, but later decided I wanted a red (coral) paddle wheel. Either would have worked with the second block –I just liked the idea of a more red paddlewheel since they are usually red in real life. Both of my blocks have a bit of coral and aqua in them, so they work together. (The aqua doesn’t show much in the picture Railroad Crossing picture, but it’s there I real life.) As long as you choose setting fabric which look good with your individual blocks, it should all come together. (See the Introduction for the preview of the setting. Your nine blocks will be inserted into the light squares.) Hope this helps! Karla

  2. Mrs.Steven Payne

    February 25, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Where is the comment on the setting? I am not computer savy, so remind me how to find it.

    • The Bee

      February 26, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Its in the first post about the mystery, in the introduction. There is a link to it on each post so you can just scroll down and click it. 🙂 Let me know if you can’t find it and I’ll email it to you!

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