Apr 21 2015

Lincoln Quilt Block

Several weeks ago I picked up a quilt book at a local thrift store for $2.00 – Better Homes and Gardens Creative American Quilting dated 1989.  The quilt that caught my eye and inspired the purchase of the book is a triangle quilt named Smoothing Iron Quilt, however as I looked through the book another quilt screamed for attention.

That quilt is the Lincoln Quilt.  Better Homes and Garden says that the first Lincoln Quilt was pieced in 1809 by Abraham Lincoln’s mother Nancy Hanks.  I could not resist the challenge of making a Lincoln Quilt block.

042015  (1024x995)Those little squares measure 5/8″ in the finished block while the LeMoyne stars are 4 3/8″.  These are the smallest LeMoyne stars that I have ever pieced.  I believe that the LeMoyne stars in the book were hand pieced, but thanks to Sharyn Craig’s book LeMoyne Stars Made Easy I had no problem machine piecing them.  Sharyn’s book has the best instructions for making a true LeMoyne star.

042015B (1024x776) The block should be 14 5/8″ unfinished and mine is 14 3/4″ – just a 1/8″ larger.  Considering all the seams in the block, I am very pleased with the end result.

As you can see from the close up, the piecing of all the parts was a bit tricky.  First I made the center  checkerboard section and then the outside frame section of stars and checkerboard/triangle sections.  All that remained to complete the block was the four y-seams.

042015A (1024x1015)The Lincoln Quilt in the book was a two colors/two fabrics quilt and the few pictures I found on the Internet were the same.  I like my scrappy version much better.  The plan was only to make one block, but it is hard to resist the temptation to make more with different colors for the checkerboard and maybe set on-point.

However the baby quilt needs to get completed, so that is my focus today.

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One Response to “Lincoln Quilt Block”

  1. Brenda Patton says:

    I am so glad to see your post about the Lincoln quilt, I too found this quilt in the Good Housekeeping book I had borrowed from the library. I fell in love with it I just couldn’t stop looking at it, I was new to quilting and had never made a complete quilt, but this one I made and finished it, a year later it won first prize at our local quilt show. I think yours is beautiful I was too scared of the Lemoyne star to try it so I changed the star block on mine. I am working on another one and am determined to use the Lemoyne star this time.

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