Apr 24 2017

Design Wall Monday 04-24-17

The last three days have been very productive in the sewing department.  On Friday I pieced sashing on the Lincoln quilt and finished the bottom right corner.

What a difference it makes having three corners finished!  The dark green Lincoln block will be the next piece of this puzzle.  I plan to start on it as soon as I finish the next Long Time Gone block.

Long Time Gone and the Lincoln quilt require so many decisions and so much focus that I wanted to just sit and sew without a lot of thought.  That project was Buried Treasures and it was so relaxing to work on this weekend.  All the decisions had already been made for this quilt except for the layout, so all I had to do was enjoy the feel of the fabric going through the machine.  In fact it was so relaxing that I finished the top yesterday afternoon.

The biggest hassle with Buried Treasures was that the jelly roll strips had the pinking sheers cut – which I don’t like at all – but I am very pleased with the end results.

I like the bright dynamic feel of this quilt and didn’t want to cage it in with a border.  The top is 48″ square and will make a great baby quilt.

Today I need to organize my sewing space so that I am all ready for all the Churn Dashes (21) I will need to make for the Long Time Gone sew-along.

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6 Responses to “Design Wall Monday 04-24-17”

  1. Libby in TN says:

    Lincoln is coming along smartly!

    • Marlene says:

      Thank you. I am getting anxious to see it finished although I know that I still have a lot of sewing still to do.

  2. Debbie Huber says:

    I absolutely love your Lincoln quilt. Your distance shot looks like it is a gingham fabric; but looking back at other posts, I can see how amazing your work is. You are a prolific quilter and so talented

    • Marlene says:

      I hadn’t considered that it would look like gingham fabric, but once you said that I can understand why. I enjoy looking through older quilt books to find unusual quilt blocks and this one certainly qualifies. Thank you for your kind comments.

  3. Arden Shelton says:

    Marlene: Your Lincoln blocks are spectacular! would you tell me where you got your Lincoln block pattern? I would like to make the block but do not want to use templates. If you are using templates for the lemoyne star, could you tell me the size of the star? Thanks in advance…arden

    • Marlene says:

      Thank you. The Lincoln block is a study in focus and being stubborn. I found the block in Better Homes and Gardens Creative American Quilting Copyright 1989. Their directions are for strip piecing the checkerboards and templates for the other shapes. It was fairly easy to measure the templates and figure out how to rotary cut everything except the diamonds on the LeMoyne Stars. For the diamonds I do use the template. The stars measure 4 3/4″ unfinished. The Lincoln Quilt in the book is a straight set with lots of open space for quilting and uses three fabric colors. I designed the layout for my Lincoln quilt myself and – as you can see – I am using lots of colors. I am always on the lookout for unusual blocks and this one certainly fits the bill. It takes me anywhere from 2 – 4 days to sew each block, but there is a great sense of accomplishment when each is finished. When you make the Lincoln block I would be very interested in seeing it.

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