Dec 18 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-18-17

It is with a bit of wonder and a sad smile that I announce the Lincoln quilt top is completed.  It has been on my design wall for two years, so it will be strange not to see it there.  But first, this is what the Lincoln quilt top looked like week ago Sunday December 10th.

The top and one side border had been attached.  Last week had very little sewing time, but I jumped right in on Saturday and finished all the border blocks.

The blocks were pressed and sewn together, then attached on Sunday.

Now the big reveal – ta da!

In the spirit of full disclosure the center of the quilt does not lay as flat as I would like.  My current working theory is that I should not have had it hanging on a design wall for two years, especially an on-point design.  I think it stretched out the corners a bit, but I am not in panic mode.  My plan of attack calls for a hot iron, spray starch and careful machine quilting to take care of any pesky problems.

The finished size is 84″ square which will be a good size for my bed.  And no – I have no idea how to quilt it.

I wonder what project will be next up on this design wall?  That is a decision for 2018.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Happy Holidays



8 Responses to “Design Wall Monday 12-18-17”

  1. Julie in GA says:

    Wow, that is amazing! Your blocks absolutely sparkle. I love it!!

    • Marlene says:

      I kept the color range pretty tight for each block, but there is still enough variety to make the block twinkle. There are some things that I would do differently if I redid it, but – for me – one of the signs of a successful quilt is the things it teaches me even if the lesson is “Don’t do that again”.

  2. Libby in TN says:

    Love it! I think your stretch theory may be right, but I know you can master it.

    • Marlene says:

      The bubble of extra fabric looks worse when the quilt top is hanging on the wall – laying on the floor is appears very manageable. I am looking forward to seeing it on my bed, although I have to admit that I am a bit nervous about actually machine quilting it. Someday I will decide to just go for it. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Debbie says:

    I really love your borders. I think they add to the design a lot. So happy for you to get this to the flimsy stage. Good luck with the final stages and the stretch.

    • Marlene says:

      The borders look way more difficult than they actually are, but I like how they enclose the center but still keep everything light and airy.

  4. Brenda P says:

    Congratulations!! You’ve done an amazing job and the borders are just beautiful and that sashing! Love love love

    • Marlene says:

      Thank you. It was a challenging quilt, but I learned so much working on it. I will definitely use that border design again.

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