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Thread: Do you use plaids?

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    Do you find that you use plaids very often? Or do avoid them?

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    I have seen some beautiful quilts, but I rarely use them.

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    I'm collecting some for a house quilt that I want to make... I love plaids! :)

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    I have used them in small quanities, but I am nervous of them not being straight and being hard to work with.

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    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.

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    I have a bunch of different plaids. Haven't used them yet but am still collecting them. I think they'd make a great backing for a quilt. That's not to say I wouldn't use it on the front, I just don't have a specific pattern in mind at this time.

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    I love plaids with florals and stripes. I don't like homespun plaids very much though. The weave on homespuns tends to be loose and they ravel really bad.

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    I have not used them, but I do have them in my stash, I inherited them from my gram, along with polka dots(the old fashion kind. But, I have seen some beautiful quilts made with them.

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    I've made several plaid quilts
    Usually I mix in some checks and stripes.

    Have a large Rubbermaid filled with plaids, including men's shirts from friends and yard sales

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    Used one plaid in a crazy nine patch. It worked.

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    I use plaids from time to time - I don't stress about it much, as far a absolutely straight grainline is concerned. It does help to starch the plaid well first, esp. if it is a woven and not printed design.

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    Not much. I've seen lots of beautiful quilts with plaids, but I'm kind of neurotic. If the plaid is not "square" within the block, it would make me crazy.

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    They are not my thing so I avoid them.

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    Love plaids, I like to make scrappy and country, I do not get my 'nickers in a twist' if the pattern is not straight on the grain, as far as I am concerned that is part of the charm!

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    I have not used plaids in my quilts. But I am collecting used men's shirts from the thrift store to make DH a quilt. I have seen several quilts made from shirts and love them!! I am no where near being a perfect quilter so I won't mind if the plaids are crooked or not.

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    I do like the plaids. I have seen some gorgeous quilts made with them. I am collecting them so someday I'll be able to make a quilt with them.

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    There are so many pretty plaids out there, but I avoid them like the plague.

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    I LOVE plaids. I am constantly on the look out to buy more, more, more! I also look for interesting patterns to use them in. I, too, don't care if they are a little skeewampus, more charm!

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    I've used plaids in scrappy quilts, and I am trying (very slowly) to make a double wedding ring quilt with plaids. The long rings (several different patches make the rings) are an odd shape and I am NOT going to worry about being on grain, or matching plaids! Now I just have to get to doing it. I just have a couple quilts in front of that one.

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    I love plaid. I use them when I can. Just got some at LQS end of bolt sale.

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    My daughter loves plaids. I bought a bunch when they had a sale at the quilt shop. I'm hoping to make some kind of quilt with plaid stars for her for christmas. I haven't figured out what pattern yet but I sure hope come up with something

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    I use it if it will go with what I am working on.

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    I enjoy working with plaids; they add a little something when mixed in with other fabrics. I am currently working on two quilts (one for my mom, one for me) made entirely out of my stepfathers old shirts. He died a little over a year ago, and I smuggled out his shirts when my mother was cleaning up and packing away his things. I thought it would be nice to have an every-day reminder of him around. I saved the buttons I cut off the shirts and used those to make pillows (used them for tufting).

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    Check quiltville.com Bonnie makes some beautiful quilts with plaids and stripes.

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    I like to see a variety of fabric patterns in a quilt. I think a plaid, check, stripe, etc. just add more charm when mixed in with florals and other fabrics. They're especially terrific in male oriented quilts, or homey type quilts. I try to add something along those lines to most of the quilts I make, when appropriate.

    I do try to cut them straight, however - as that 'cattywompus' cut just drives me crazy...but I am learning to relax a little about that :)

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