The Lincolns Platform quilt block is usually made in red and white, but I’ve chosen to make it here in red and yellow. I’ve made it as a 14″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the Lincolns Platform quilt block
4.7/8″ squares: two red, two yellow
2.1/2″ squares: thirteen yellow, eight red
6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: four red
Make the half square triangles
Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a red and a yellow square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.
Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the corners of the block
Sew the four corners of the block first – this is by far the most simple way to make the block.
Place a half square triangle with the yellow triangle on the bottom right. Across the top place a red and a yellow square. Down the left hand side place three squares: yellow, red, yellow.
Sew the two top squares to each other and then sew them to the top of the half square triangle.
Join the three squares down the side to make a column. Sew the two columns to each other. This forms one corner of the block so you need to make four of these altogether.
Assemble the Lincolns Platform quilt block
Lay the corners out as shown. Note that the corners are rotated so that the yellow triangle is always nearest the middle and there is always a yellow square in the corner.
Place a red rectangle between each pair of corners and a yellow square in the middle of the block.
Sew the pieces together across each of the three rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Lincolns Platform quilt block.
Quilt design ideas
For the basic quilt I have shown nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three. Quite interesting the way you get a shoofly type design appearing where the blocks join together.
For an alternative design idea, I have made four alternate blocks of a diamond in a square and placed these in the corners. This is also quite an interesting design, I think.
Here’s the video:
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