Posts tagged: Lincoln Quilt

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.

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

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.

Check out other quilting news at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

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

Mar 02 2017

Lincoln Block #9

Yesterday I finished another Lincoln block.

This one goes in the center of the quilt.  I was a bit concerned about my color decision, but after seeing it with all the other blocks I think that it looks great.

I also made and attached the yellow/green setting triangle along with the sashing between the yellow and red blocks.  Only four more blocks to make – YEAH!  The four remaining block colors are dark green, dark orange/rust, gold, and purple.

After consideration I realized why it takes 2 – 4 days to make each Lincoln block.  Sure each block has 337 pieces, but it is mostly because I need to be so focused all the time – from cutting all the different sized pieces to the precision of the seam allowances.   However I have to say that with each new block addition I am more in love with this quilt.

On one of my smaller design walls is all the pieces for an Apple Core quilt. 

This will be the next leader/ender project once Charlotte’s Baskets is completed.  I haven’t decided yet if I will move some of the cores or just sew it together as it is.  That decision will be made when I start the piecing.  When the top is completed and machine quilted, I will trim the edges.

Next up is another small applique wallhanging and the pieced backing for Nifty Thrifty.  Hopefully I will get a quilt sandwich made tomorrow so that I can start the machine quilting this weekend.

Marlene

Oct 31 2016

Design Wall Monday 10-31-16

I spent the first part of last week organizing and cleaning my cutting table.  On Friday I started on a red Lincoln block and got all the checkerboard parts finished.

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Saturday morning I sewed the corner star units and by dinner time I had a completed Lincoln block.

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It usually takes me 3 or 4 days to make one block, so this is a new record for me.  I now have 8 completed Lincoln blocks with 5 more to make.  The plan is to make two more this year – a dark green and a gray/black – and then finish the quilt top by May 2017.

Oh, you wanted proof that my cutting table was clean?  Here it is –

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I won’t talk about the Handiquilter table however.  As you can see the next project is a One Block Wonder using some Laurel Burch horse fabric.  This is another quilt that has been on my list for years and now it is time.  It is easy cutting & sewing and so fun to see the blocks come together – each one is a new surprise.  There should be enough of them to show in a couple of days.

In the mean time check out all the other quilt inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Happy Halloween

Marlene

Oct 06 2016

Yellow Lincoln Block Fixed

Yesterday the star cornerstones for the Lincoln block were sewn and attached.

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Nice and flat – Yeah!  I plan to make several more blocks before attaching them to the main part of the quilt.  The next color will probably be red or dark green.

In honor of October I pulled out the Happy Halloween blocks.  Hopefully I will have a finished quilt top before the end of the month.

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All the applique has been fused to the blocks, so I need to buttonhole stitch around all the pieces and add all the finishing details.  Pretty boring work, but once it is done the rest will be quick and easy.

Marlene