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

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    Plaid and checkered fabric - what to do with?

    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.
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    McCallsQuilting.com
    has a nice free e-book "nine-patch-quilts" (Dressed to the Nines).
    www.mccallsquilting.com/nine-patch-quilts.html
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    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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    So pretty scissor Queen.
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    Me too. I have quite a few on my list with the scraps and the "didn't look good together after I bought them" pieces. There are the traditional: 9 patch with alternating solid white/cream, Glorified 9 patch, Goose Tracks, Bear Paws, etc. Also saw a French Braid shown on this board made out of plaid. I am making a quilt for my son out of plaids and stripes from the Quaint Quilts To Love, Leisure Arts. It has four squares cut into diamonds alternating with cream solid. Also made Kansas Troubles out of brownish plaids for other son. Don't have pictures yet.

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    Check out Bonnie Hunter's quilts and patterns at quiltville.com. She make scrap quilts and uses LOTS of plaids. Her book Scraps and Shirttails is full of plaids.

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    Stripes can look very cool in any block that has two triangles that come together to create corner like the Card Trick pattern. Someone on QB did an awesome Card Trick in special border prints and stripes. I can't remember who it was unfortunately.

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    I have made some interlocking block designs using only plaids. They all seemed to play nicely together. If you pick any of the colors IN the plaid and use a small geometric or solid of it, that works well too. Any rustic design (woodlands, trees, maple leaf, etc) seems to have a place for plaids. One thing I don't like is stripes in directional patterns. Those tend to get wonky on me.
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    Have you checked Quilter's Cache? My favorite is the Plaid Scrap Block, but she has lots of others that would work with plaids and checks. http://www.quilterscache.com/P/PlaidScrapBlock.html
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    I just cracked open my new issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and found a dynamite pattern for using stripes! It has great movement and if you've ever tried her methods or read her books you know how wonderful they are. Anita Grossman Solomon has a new method that really makes bias striped blocks look easy. If you run out for the issue it is on page 59 under "Anita's Unbiased Block."

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    Thanks Hevemi, for the tute. Looks great.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    They make great logs for a Log Cabin Quilt. I love the primitive looking quilts and use lots of plaids for them. If you have a star pattern, where the center of the star is a square. I have made them with the square a plaid and the eight points of the star a solid color. Piece of cake designs use to use alot of plaids in their BOMS including the appliqued ones. Don't limit yourself to specific patterns. I wish I knew how to put pictures on here, I would show some of mine using Plaids. Just experiment and have fun. I know what ever you do it will be great and would love to see it.

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    Thanks for the suggestions and web sites. The photo from scissor queen is wonderful. Love to try this.
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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.

    Perhaps you could find a traditional block that has a lot of squares and a few HSTs that are shown in white. Then turn around and use the checks/plaids for the easier to cut "background" pieces and then do the design in solids or tonals.
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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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    Very pretty and great use of the plaid and checks.
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    I wish I'd had a camera at the antique store today. There was a quilt done in very coarse homespun plaids and stripes with solids. I think it was an Ohio Star. Each block used its own fabric, but the blocks were not the same plaid. All hand done and no damaged areas for $48. Too bad it's not to my taste. It looked like it wanted a home.

    I do like plaids and checks in stars like the Ohio Star.

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    Looking at the pink plaid quilt again! It's just soooooooooooo comfy looking. So inviting.
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    That quilt is gorgeous, pillow too.
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    Linda Rotz Miller did a madras plaid and muslin top that I love--see it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/5279424...57624668394514 She also has hundreds of photos of her other tops; just Google her name.

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    Great for crazy quilts. I made a quilt with just plaid blocks. BUT I am sure some of the more knowledgeable ladies here can give you ideas that will really inspire.

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    I am on Craftsy and taking the BOM club there. I decided to make the quilt in plaids and the solids in the bundles. I have 34 fat quarters (my ex-husband wanted something made out of the fabric and kept buying the bundles). I have make a couple of the blocks, keeping in the same color range, even though they are different plaids, and surprisingly, they don't look bad at all using muslin as the background. Dunno... maybe I won't like it when I am done, but right now, I think I like...

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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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    Never thought of using a plaid, your is so pretty. I never see plaids in all cotton. Guess I need to start looking.
    Barb

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    My GD made up plaids into the Kalidascope pattern. Used a multi-color Sulkey thread to quilt it. Really nice quilt.

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    Why not try Chicken Scratch?

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    Thanks ladies for all the suggestions. I'll certainly use them and I'm sure others will too. It makes me realize how much I love this board.
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