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Thread: Plaid and checkered fabric - what to do with?

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    Member Gerrie's Avatar
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    one of the first quilts I made is plaid homespun fabric. I used a turning twenty pattern. I am looking for pastel plaids to make a quilt called plaid pigs. It is an applique pattern fro With Needle and Thread.

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    Here's a quilt I made my daughter using the Quilt As You Go method. I cut the batting and the block the same size. The back was cut 1" larger on all 4 sides, in other words: 2" larger. Make your quilt sandwich with the batting in the middle and sew an "X" to stabilize. When you sew 2 of the sandwiched blocks together you take a 1" seam of the backing only, right sides together, so your raw edges are visible from the front. From the front, you finger press the seam open and double fold over the raw seams of the block. Top stitch along the folded edge as you would if you were binding it. Continue until an entire row is completed. Eventually you will sew the rows together and have one long seam to double fold and top stitch. Since I have a small domestic machine with just a 7" throat, this made quilting a large top very manageable. Hope this was clearer than mud, ha, ha.

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    Here is one that I did with plaids called twist and shout, I cant remember which quilt mag I saw it in
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    I haven't done it yet, but I have made several appliqued heart quilts with narrow sashing and corner squares. I thought plaids would make nice appliqued hearts, or for that matter other shapes of applique as well.
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    Here's my plaid and stripe quilts. I love working with these fabrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie the "Ripper" View Post
    I just love plaid and checkered fabrics - also striped - but don't know the best way to use them in a quilt. Borders are a simple enough solution but I would like to use them interestingly in a pattern for a block. Does anyone have any suggestions or samples I could look at? I still consider myself a beginner quilter but am willing to be challenged. Thanks for any help.
    Go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/moosequilts/ & you can look at how Konda has used her plaids in our BOM for the quilt we are finishing up...it's going to be very nice looking. Hope this helps.

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    I'm planning a kaleidoscope with stripes and boarder fabrics. I'm thingking I could use bigger pieces and less angles and still come out with a cool kaleidscope. I just need to do some fooling around with different fabrics and see what I come up with. I'll share it when I get there.

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    LOVE checks and stripes as bias binding !

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    Quote Originally Posted by VickiM View Post
    Go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/moosequilts/ & you can look at how Konda has used her plaids in our BOM for the quilt we are finishing up...it's going to be very nice looking. Hope this helps.
    Great samples! These will make beautiful quilts. Thanks for all the ideas.
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    Your quilt and pillow are awesome.
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    Emilias nana, that quilt is beautiful!
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    Here's one if my own design...kind of designed as I went...using stripes. I sewed triangles into squares for the diamond look. Got tired of making so many so made the zigzag borders at top and bottom. But them made more for the outside borders. It's just a twin size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Here's one I did with a plaid and a gingham check. I love the way they work with florals. The main thing is to not obsess about the pattern on the plaid or the gingham being perfectly straight or matching up.

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    This quilt is fabulous! I never thought of plaids with florals but it's beautiful!
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    I personally adore homespuns. Here are a couple of examples I found in my "quilt ideas" file. I'm not sure where they're from but I think maybe from Quiltille & Quilter's Cache. Hope these help.

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    It may take me two yrs or more due to limited funds but I'm collecting plaids (homespuns) to make a french braid. I have the pattern and love it. I'll include the link. http://keepyouinstitches.blogspot.co...-tutorial.html
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    For kids quilts, I've used smaller gingham checks for the "solid" pieces. Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Here's one I did with a plaid and a gingham check. I love the way they work with florals. The main thing is to not obsess about the pattern on the plaid or the gingham being perfectly straight or matching up.

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    This red and white quilt is still one of my all time favorites from this board.
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