Lincoln's Platform (56" x 70") quilt kit designed by Jan Patek to commemorate 150th anniversary of start of the Civil War on April 12th. According to quilt historian Barbara Brackman: "The block was given that name by the Ladies Art Company, maybe at the end of the 19th century. I think they were trying to draw a block off an old quilt and got confused by what was block and what was sashing. It would be better drawn as a regular monkey wrench with a sashing and cornerstone, but it turned out so interesting with the four-patch behind it I'm glad it's an odd block. As far as how old is the block? Those Monkey Wrench Churn Dash quilts seem to turn up about the time of the Civil War (maybe the 1840s) but when did somebody start calling it Lincoln's Platform?????"