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Thread: Do you use plaids?

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    Have have several in my stash and seem to gravitate to them while shopping for other fabric. I know they will work into a new quilt at some point soon.

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    I do not use them nor do I use polka dots that line up. A little slip and it does not look right.

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    ME TOO !

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    I like plaids. I used them to make a 9 patch with redwork. I didn't worry about it being straight. It turned out pretty. Now everyone in the family wants one.

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    I'm using a little plaid in a wallhanging but I tend to avoid plaids and directional fabrics...I do like them though.

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    I have 2 sons so plaid is great for their quilts. I made a graduation quilt for one son's BFF entirely of homespuns which are mostly plaid. Great quilt. He loves it.

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    I have used them. The very helpful advice I received from my quilt shop is: Don't try to follow the lines when cutting - you will drive yourself nuts.

    Just lay the material out and cut :) saves alot of frustration and tears.

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    I don't care for plaids at all and I make sure that I don't use them

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    I love plaids - using them for appliques of fruit, mushrooms, and other fun stuff.

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    I've used plaids, esp. in men's or little boy's quilts. Sometime I work them into the pattern; sometimes I use them for borders or pieced backings. I still have a good stash of them on hand for future projects.

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    Scrap Quilts are my favered. And I love using plaid in them.

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    I have some Homespun cut out for a rag quilt, does that count?

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    I love using plaids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks
    I love using homespun plaids when I make quick Turning Twenty quilts for guys. I still have 4 to make for Christmas or I will be hearing complaints from some of our sons, they all want one.
    Okay - I've seen it referred to over and over again and cannot find the pattern; what is a Turning Twenty, please?????

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    Turning Twenty is made from 20 fat quarters, very little waste when cutting. The basic pattern has ony three pieces to each block and the blocks are big, about 16". Ther are later patterns by the same designer, the blocks have more pieces. Here's a picture of one I made. They are fast and fun, no great skill involved. :thumbup:

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    I love plaids!!! In fact, right now a group I'm in is doing a half-square triangle swap with plaids and muslin and I know when the quilts get put together it's going to look terrific.

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    I have but used them but it seems that the print quality is not always very good. I use them only if I can hold them in my hand to really see if the print is good, and on grain. This is because I do alot of small scale projects and it really shows up when the print of the plaid is not straight. It makes it appear as though the seam is not accuarate. Stripes can do the same thing.
    Homespuns are better than printed plaids , but the looser weave , makes it a bit problematic with raveling .

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    I use them. They look great with florals.

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    I find them hard to use, I've fussy-cut them to get an exact balance, it depends on the plaid whether yo can do that or not. I like plaid for sashing; very occasionally an even plaid can work evenly in sashing.

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    I avoid them like the plague LOL
    I don't like the idea of having to match them or worry about the lines not being perfectly straight :roll:

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    I never worry about the plaid running straight. I think it adds to the quaintness of the quilt.

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    I am currently making a double sawtooth star quilt using
    shirting prints and woven plaids for my son.
    I only have 5 more blocks to piece.
    Roberta Horton(well known quilter) says its okay if your plaids aren't cut perfectly straight. She calls it casually off grain, it looks good and is lots easier.
    Sharon W.

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    Some beautiful plads out there. Just picked up a Christmas one. Have used them sparingly - Mainly in a memory quilt for a man from men's shirts.

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    I love plaids but don't use them often because I'm OCD about them being cut perfectly straight and facing the right way!!

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    Mary, just love your turning twenty homespun, it is fabulous, just my kind of quilt!

    Gal

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