QM Scrap Squad: Linkin’ Logs by Linda Ferguson

QM scrap squadB3 QM Scrap Squad: Linkin Logs by Linda FergusonToday is the first post revealing one of the QM Scrap Squad quilts from the latest Quiltmaker (Sept/Oct ’11, No. 141).

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From one pattern in each issue, each of the eight QM Scrap Squad members makes her own scrappy version of the quilt.

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Linkin' Logs designed and sewn by June Dudley. Quilted by Kim Waite. Fabric: Gallery Basics from Robert Kaufman.

The Scrap Squad pattern this time around is Linkin’ Logs, designed by QM’s Editor-in-Chief June Dudley for her nephew’s high school graduation gift. It’s a perfect “guy quilt” sized to fit a dorm bed. We called it a long twin at 76″ x 92″. I love the cut-off corners, which would be better in a dorm setting than corners tickling the floor.

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The quilt’s name is a play on words with the vintage toysets called Lincoln Logs. (Later this week I’ll post the interesting facts I learned about Lincoln Logs.)

Today’s quilt is by Linda Ferguson from San Jose, California. Here’s what Linda had to share:

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I had a lot of fun makin’ Linkin’ Logs! It is a very cute pattern and went together perfectly.  My only advice is that a design wall is very, very helpful.

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(This photo shows a different project on the design wall.)

I use a fold-away design wall. I hang it in front of my closet and then fold it back when it is not needed.

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Background fabric from Windham Fabrics

I want to thank Windham Fabrics for providing me with my background print! This new 108″-wide print is sold as quilt backing. Gorgeous—thank you, Windham!

Linda’s quilt can teach us a lesson about value. Value is the lightness or darkness of a fabric relative to the fabrics around it. This backing has a lot going on and it was somewhat darker than I thought it was going to be. Linda compensated beautifully by using plenty of strong darks so the logs didn’t get lost.

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It’s interesting that when you see the quilt, you think “pink” even though the pinks range from very light to almost black. Linda used value to full advantage.

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My eye keeps moving around this quilt because it’s very interesting. The very lightest pinks balance nicely with the very darkest.

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(I just had to show you this uncropped image. Isn't the setting beautiful?)


Try to imagine this quilt if only light and medium pinks had been used.

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You can see that it’s not as effective. It’s not as interesting. A tried-and-true recipe for a scrap quilt is to use everything from very lights to very darks in a quilt. Boring quilts can result from using too many medium-value fabrics.

linda41 QM Scrap Squad: Linkin Logs by Linda FergusonLook closely and you’ll see the Linda made the quilt her own with these tweaks:
• She “closed” each ring of logs around the quilt’s edges
• She made the colored border wider
• She pieced the colored border
• She made square corners instead of diagonal corners

Watch for more exciting Linkin’ Logs quilts in the days to come from QM’s dynamic Scrap Squad. You’ll love all the variations!


About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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9 Responses to QM Scrap Squad: Linkin’ Logs by Linda Ferguson

  1. Bev Gunn says:

    I made one of these years ago with a black background and scraps for the rings-although I had to put mine together on the diagonal so everything would match up. Many of the fabrics I rescued from the trash can at a workshop where gals were slicing up to 3″ off the ends of their yardage to straighten the ends!! So, I still am very much happy with my “scraps from trash” quilt!

  2. Barb J says:

    So how come there are three hands holding up the quilt in the picture? I could use an extra hand sometimes, too!

  3. 4dreamsr says:

    Loved the original, but what great tweaks you have made. Learned a lot about color too from yours. Beautiful!

  4. Pat says:

    Wow, Linda, very nice, indeed. Your background fabric is so yummy. The logs really stand out.

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  6. Joyce McAngus Cedar Grove NJ says:

    I just love your version of Linkin’ Logs Could you please tell the brand of fabric & the exact color combo. The pink & burgandy ar beautiful but I can figure the color of the background & how much extra fabric did you purchase to square it off. Thanks for any info that you could give me.


  7. kwiltnkats says:

    Awesome job Linda! The pieced squares border adds perfectly to your quilt. Sandi

  8. Nancy says:

    Beautiful use of color and I love setting for the photo! I received my copy of Quiltmaker yestersay and it was wonderful to open my mail and see the link for the Scrap Squad variations. These women do amazing work and I’m learning a lot. Your comments on Linda’s use of value are very informative. Thanks.

  9. Jocelyn says:

    I love seeing the different versions of the same quilt pattern. It really helps me to “see” how to use fabrics.

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