Finished Linkin' Log Quilt
For the Sept/Oct 11 Quiltmaker Magazine, the Scrap Squad was given the pattern called Linkin' Logs.
The original was designed and made by June Dudley, QM Editor-in-Chief, in oranges and greens with a black background.
I have long been a feed sack collector, but have trouble when it comes to cutting into the sack fabric. I am really stingy with the feed sacks!!!! I thought this might be just the pattern that could temp me to use a feed sack background. In my collection, I found four like kind of patterned sacks from the 1940's that I thought could work. So my theme became "Something Old, Something New". The "old" would be the feed sacks and the "New" would be the different shades of reds and teals from my stash and the "stash enhancements" from Quiltmaker's Diane.
|A good variety let me make each log from a different fabric|
Each block was made from 2 reds (a dark and a light), 2 teals(a dark and a light) and the background feed sack fabric. Since I was going to make each round log a different fabric, I desided to cut and sew one row at a time which made it easier to keep up with the fabric changes.
The Z block can be constructed like a big 9-patch, building the corner, center and side units before putting the 9-patch together.
I always kept the color placement in the same position. Looking at the center partial seam unit, the dark red at the 12 o'clock position, the light teal at the 3 O'clock position, the light red at the 6 O'clock position and the dark teal at the 9 O'clock position.
|Red dotted line on sewing line and trim|
|Linkin' Log Quilt with 3 borders added|
The corners are different on this quilt. They are OK, but not something that I will regularly make.
The quilt is ready to go to Glenda Wilkerson to be machine quilted. I chose a teal thread for the quilting, and as I usually do for quilts that are to get quite a bit of use, had Glenda split the batting in half, which make a light weight quilt that is comfortable and washes well.
How I do my Quilt Bindings:
I cut the binding fabric into 2 1/4" strips, width of fabric, and then sew them into one long piece. This quilt took 8 strips. Fold the binding in half, wrong sides together. Press.
|Quilt ready to sew on binding|
Since the corners on this quilt are different, I wasn't sure how the mitered corners would work, but they came out OK. Just sewed to1/4" from the corner, then turned the binding back, away from quilt, and then back on itself to start down the next side. When turned, this will become a "mitered corner".
At the end, sew the 2 pieces of binding together to complete the binding.
P.S. I'm glad I used some of my feed sacks!
Other places to see different versions of this pattern:
Check out the other Quiltmaker Scrap Squad members Linkin Logs. You can see them reviewed on Quilitmaker's blog, QuiltyPleasures by Diane Harris.
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