Posts tagged: Lincoln Quilt

Nov 13 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-13-17

Sunday was my Sewday so I was able to start on the border for the Lincoln quilt.

The directions say to sew all the squares together in row 1, row 2, & row 3 then sew the rows together before attaching them to the quilt center.  After studying the border diagram I decided to make rectangular blocks of 4 squares by 3 rows instead.  If my math is correct I will need 9 blocks for each side along with the 4 corner squares to complete the border.

When I first started designing this quilt, my thought was to find a black background fabric with tan & brown flowers? paisleys? something for a solid fabric border.  The closer the quilt center got to completion, the more I realized that idea was a bad one.  In my opinion it would make the quilt dark and overwhelm the center, so I started looking for a better border idea.  I found this one and really like it – it echoes the black frame around the blocks, relates to the black/dark gray LeMoyne stars and has enough light background to keep it light and airy.  Hopefully by next Monday I will have at least two of the borders attached to the center.

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

Marlene

Nov 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-06-17

Jump up & down!  The center of the Lincoln quilt is completed.  Yeah!

I still need to straighten the edges, but I will do that just before adding the border.  This is the design that I decided on for the border.

The name is Entwined Border and found on the Quilters Cache website.  The colors will be black for the solid square, dark gray for the entwining color and neutrals for the background.  If I calculated correctly, I only need 18 more dark gray/neutral HST before I start sewing them together.

I decided to go with 2″ finished squares making each border 6″ wide and the finished quilt top 84″ish square.

Progress was also made on the leader/ender project Wild Child – the first two rows are sewn together.

Once the Lincoln quilt top is completed, Wild Child will have my full attention.

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

Marlene

Oct 23 2017

Design Wall Monday 10-23-17

The center of the Lincoln quilt is quickly coming together.  On Saturday the dark green block was completed –

and on Sunday I finished the golden Lincoln block.

And now there is one – the dark purple block.  I don’t know if I am happy or sad that I am down to the last block.  This project has been on my large design wall for two years now and the space will look strange without the Lincoln quilt hanging there.

Once the dark green block was completed, I was able to finish the lower right side section of the top.

When the golden block was finished, I pieced it to the black block along with all the sashing and cornerstones.  While working on quilt blocks, I like to start sewing them together so that I don’t have all that at the end.  Sometimes you can’t do that, but anytime I can I do.

All the final decisions regarding the border have been made, so once the center is all together I will be ready to power sew and get it done.

Check in with Judy’s Design Wall Monday for wonderful quilt inspiration.

Marlene

Oct 12 2017

Lincoln Quilt Update

Proof that I have been (slowly) working on the Lincoln quilt.  It really gives a good idea of how the center will look when it is completed.

I added all the neutral triangle corners to the checkerboard triangles,

sewed all the remaining setting triangles,

and made the last corner triangle – oops! forgot to take a picture of it.

This weekend I will be sewing all the 9-patch cornerstones and the rail fence sashing units.  Once that is done, I will start with the corner LeMoyne stars  to finish the last three blocks.

The details for the outer border still haven’t been finalized, but I am excited to see the center of this quilt completed.  What a journey this has been!

Marlene

Sep 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 09-04-17

The last four days have been pretty productive.  First up the Baby Bear Quilt top has been completed.

The red fabric in the pinwheels will also be used for the binding.  While not one of my favorites, this bear quilt is bright & cheerful and will make a great baby quilt.

I also cut out triangles for the neutral HST in Wild Child.  The neutral is one fabric and goes great with the blue background fabric and the red border print.

The good thing is that I need to make 40 neutral background blocks and that gives me time to think about the inner border fabric color.

The three gold checkerboard rectangles for the Lincoln quilt were also sewn together.  Next up the four triangle units.

I spent so much time second guessing the color for this block, but went ahead with my original plan of gold.  Hopefully I can get the triangle units finished this week and start in on the LeMoyne stars for the cornerstones.  It is exciting to finally be seeing the finish line in the race to complete this quilt top.

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

Marlene

Aug 28 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-28-17

The purple checkerboard units for the Lincoln quilt were completed on Saturday.  Just one more color to go – gold!

I have been staring at the fussy cut bear squares for several weeks now and have come up with a layout design.  The book Great Sets by Sharyn Craig is a great reference with seven different layout options.  I am using the Ring-Around-the-Block set.

One of the best things about this book is that Sharyn shows you how to draft your own frame for whatever size of block you have.  The bear squares are cut at 8″ (finish at 7 1/2″) which is a strange size, so drafting my own frame was a necessity.

The plan is to use two different fabrics for the turquoise and the red/white triangles will form a pinwheel in the corners.  I know that I should be sewing gold checkerboards, but I really wanted to see how the bears would look framed.

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Marlene

Aug 21 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-21-17

All the dark green checkerboard units for the next Lincoln block have been completed along with the two long rectangle checkerboards of dark purple.

I know that it appears black in the photo, but it really is dark purple.  It was the right decision to make all the checkerboard units for the remaining three Lincoln blocks.  The design wall is starting to give me a good idea of the finished quilt center.

The plan is to have the remaining five units of the dark purple finished this week, then it will be time to sew the golden yellow checkerboards for the last block.

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

Marlene

Aug 14 2017

Design Walls Monday 08-14-17

In the last couple of weeks I have finished – or almost finished – several projects, so it was time to put a couple of UFOs on my design walls.

These bears had been fussy cut maybe 8 or 10 years ago, but now they have come out to play.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to set them, but now that they have been on the design wall for several days I am starting to get some ideas.

This quilt sandwich (44″ x 44″) is hanging on my other small design wall awaiting machine quilting inspiration.  The top was sewn in 2009, so I think it is time to be finished.

Wild Child is my current leader/ender project and I am making good progress on the remaining 39 blue blocks.

A new project is displayed on the medium large design wall.

The block is comprised of quarter log cabin units, although I have seen a pattern named Bento Box for this shape.  In the UFO bin I found 12 large blocks and 4 smaller blocks along with extra fabric.  I was experimenting with same blocks in different sizes, but was unhappy with my layout so it was packed up.  The plan now is to find some fabric for sashing to liven up the blocks and come up with a layout setting.

Now it is time to finish up the Lincoln quilt.  For some reason I thought that I had 4 more blocks to make, but I discovered that I only need 3.  Yeah!  I started on the dark green checkerboards this last weekend.

I decided to sew the checkerboard units for the 3 remaining blocks, then sew the stars to complete each block.  It will be great to get this top completed, although there is still a lot of piecing left to do.

Most of my UFOs are because I couldn’t make a decision – fabric, layout, colors, whatever, but I have discovered that it helps a lot to have a project in my face on a design wall day after day.  It pushes me to explore ideas, look for fabric or check out inspiration online or in a quilt book to get the quilt top finished.

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Marlene

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.

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

Marlene

Mar 31 2017

Long Time Gone Week 3

Week three and I am keeping up with the Long Time Gone sewalong.  This week is six Crosses of the U.K. blocks.

I am using a striped fabric for the sashing and adding it to the blocks as they are made.

The pattern directions also use the sashing fabric for checkerboard panels, but I plan to use the light beige fabric instead.

The burnt orange Lincoln block was finished today – three more blocks left to make!

The setting triangles will be the next part added to this project.  My middle daughter found me a tag that reads “This took forever” to put on the back of this quilt – sometimes it does feel like it has been forever.

Between the Lincoln quilt and Long Time Gone, the leader/ender blocks are almost finished – only six more to go.  I found some fabric for the inner and outer border that I hope will work.

The first four blocks in the top row are sewn together.  I wanted to see if it was going to be tricky to get the light strips matching correctly, but everything went together smoothly.

Since the weather channel predicts some snow for this weekend, the plan is to machine quilt the Apple Core quilt.

Marlene