Linkin’ Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QM’s Scrap Squad

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Quiltmaker‘s Scrap Squad is eight select readers who each make a scrappy version of one pattern from each regular issue of Quiltmaker. The featured quilt in the Sept/Oct issue is Linkin’ Logs, designed by QM Editor-in-Chief June Dudley.

Here is the original quilt as it appeared in QM.

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Linkin' Logs as featured in Sept/Oct Quiltmaker, designed by June Dudley, made by June Dudley and Kim Waite

Today’s scrappy version is by Ruth Wasmuth from Lafayette, Indiana. Ruth’s quilt has quite a story—I hope you’ll enjoy it:

My version of Linkin’ Logs started with these gold prints.

P1110517 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I decided that with all these different fabrics, I might have a hard time keeping them straight to make 12 Block Z’s. I devised a plan using a snowball block and a block that starts with a partial seam.

P1110701 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I played around with Electric Quilt and came up with this grid/guide. I used five different blacks as backgrounds and 31 golds for the logs.

P1110702 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I cut a small piece of each gold fabric and glued it to my guide. I also numbered each block on my guide and each actual block as I made it.

P1110531 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I cut one 2.5″ strip of each gold and subcut that into four 6.5″ rectangles and four 2.5″ squares for the inside links. The outside links use two 8.5″ and two 6.5″ rectangles and four 2.5″ squares.

P1110548 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

Unlike the original pattern, I chose to complete my outside links.

P1110639 1 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I love the diagonal corners and think it will go great on a future Purdue University student’s dorm bed.

P1110641 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I quilted it with black thread and Fay Feathers pantograph, and used a black Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Now, for the rest of the story…..
Here’s my first one.

P1110712 Linkin Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QMs Scrap Squad

I got it mostly put together and wasn’t happy with the lack of contrast in the gold fabrics. So, I cut another strip of each gold and added a couple of lighter ones and started over.

 

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Ruthie's finished Linkin' Logs quilt

On this one, I cut off each link at the seam before the break in the link. I plan to quilt it and gift it to another Boilermaker fan. It will be just the right size to cover up at a football game.

What a fabulous quilt! Do you know what makes it work? Come back later this week for color lessons from this quilt! I hope you’ll join us.

Visit Ruth’s quilt blog.

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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9 Responses to Linkin’ Logs by Ruth Wasmuth of QM’s Scrap Squad

  1. Pingback: Value-able Lessons from Ruth’s Linkin’ Logs | Quilty Pleasures Blog

  2. MarciaW says:

    Value? Will have to visit next week to learn more — as I am color challenged.

  3. Claudia says:

    Your workmanship is gorgeous. The quilting, love the colors you chose and the superb job using them, and your binding!!! Beautiful (I just watched Dancing with the Stars, so if I’m a little gushy, forgive me), just beautiful.

  4. Kim says:

    What great movement the links have with the use of the
    different shades of gold……….it is lovely Ruthie!

    Happy Sewing

  5. Donna Amos says:

    Ruthie, What a beautiful quilt. The colors are just right and your quilting is too. Good job.

  6. Dawn Hollingsworth says:

    Absolutely wonderful!! I don’t know if I would even have the patience to work with that many hues of the same color category! Well done!

  7. Karlene says:

    Very nice Ruth.

  8. Carol Vickers says:

    Absolutely gorgeous — both of them!

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