Next weekend is Labor Day in the U.S., which seems like a perfect time for a red, white and blue version of Linkin’ Logs. QM’s Scrap Squad members each made a version of this quilt designed by QM’s Editor-in-Chief June Dudley. We’re revealing them one by one over the coming weeks. Here is the quilt featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker.
Here’s what Carol shared about her version of Linkin‘ Logs:
I love quilted table coverings—place mats, runners and toppers. When I saw this project it said “tablecloth” to me—maybe it was the diagonal corners. A few measurements confirmed that the throw size would fit my pedestal table perfectly.
My background is all the same fabric but my links are very scrappy. Each of the four sides of the link is a different fabric and there are very few repeats. Even the red border and blue binding is scrappy.
I don’t have a computer design program so I printed out the line drawings and colored them as I wanted the colors positioned. From there I determined the color placement for the corners of the snowball blocks and how many of each I needed.
to make these snowball blocks:
I numbered the blocks on my line drawing and numbered the blocks as I made them. I found it easiest to assemble the blocks in columns as shown in the picture below.
A design wall or some type of flat surface to lay out the blocks as you go makes the whole process much simpler, especially if you’re making it scrappy.
At first, I wasn’t sure this pattern was really “me” but now that it’s done I love it and can’t wait until next July 4th to put it to use—hey, maybe Labor Day!!!
The key to Carol’s successful use of different fabrics for each circle is value. The different fabrics add lots of interest but they are close enough in value that your eye doesn’t become confused about what’s what. Another beautiful job by a QM Scrap Squad member!
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Lots more versions of Linkin’ Logs to come so stay with us!