Sunday, August 28, 2016

Playing with Plaids

I've been having fun with plaids, and finished this quilt top recently. 


"Plaids II" 58" x 76"



It's inspired by a quilt I've long admired, a 1930's quilt in Roberta Horton's collection.
It's shown in her book, "Scrap Quilts, The Art of Making Do."




All the plaids came from my stash, mostly shirts from the thrift store.



I made another quilt out of shirt plaids in 2013.




Earlier this summer, I received these wonderful madras plaids
from Beth in Houston.  
They came along with an adorable little pouch she'd made from a shirt cuff! 





I've also been cutting up my husband's old shirts.

Looks like there are more plaid quilts in my future!


35 comments:

Lynn Dykstra said...

This new quilt is wonderful1

Izzy said...

They all look so good and that flying geese one looks like a Roberta Horton fabrics quilt...

P. said...

Love the new plaid quilt! The flying geese is outstanding too!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I love your new 'plaids 11' quilt, especially like the way you've cut the fabrics! And, your husbands plaids seem so much more colourful than anything my husband wears :)

Judith said...

Love your plaids! Wonderful stash, so indeed, more can be expected! Enjoy your day. I will start mine with a bike ride to work!

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

Wow, that is simply stunning.

Katell 31 said...

Your quilt is full of luminosity thanks to the magic of plaids cut in the bias. You have such a wonderful stash, a promise of many other wonderful quilts!
These days I am following the DVD Outlander, where the Highlanders are dressed only with plaids. Plaids are originally Celtic!

Mystic Quilter said...

Lovely use of plaids, stunner of a flying geese!

Nat Palaskas said...

Your plaid quilts are wonderful. I love your plaid collection is amazing! I have some too and these quilts are inspiring me to to use mine, thank you!

The Cozy Quilter said...

I made 7 quilts from my FIL's shirts for family members after he passed away. Many were plaid. I have also been "hoarding" my husbands old shirts to make more shirt quilts...he doesn't wear much plaid but it will still be fun to turn them into quilts. Your plaid quilts are stunning. Very inspirational post!

Barb said...

great new plaid quilt! I also like your slide show - very fun

Linda said...

Great plaid quilt. Love the variety of plaids that you have in your stash.

smazoochie said...

You have a wonderful collection & have done beautiful things with it!
I was recently at the thrift store, looked at the plaids, but resisted buying any.
Hmmm, maybe I need to go back.

patty a. said...

Wonderful plaids! Your newest quilt is great! I have a bunch of my Dad's shirts, but no plaids.

Jan said...

These is just something about plaids, isn't there?
Roberta Horton's books are quite wonderful, aren't they? They've stood the test of time.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Oh, how I would love to be in the same room with your stash!

fern said...

Your plaid quilt makes me want to revisit my plaid collection and start using them! Thank you for the inspiration - as always!!

Karen said...

I love this post and as you can see I've saved it for future reference!

Terry said...

Great use of plaids. Before the use of men's shirts I made a plaid quilt. Luckily girls school uniforms are often plaids and off cuts from home sewing augmented my supply.
Like the graphic results in both the quilts.

O'Quilts said...

I am so excited...I have my plaids ready to go...as I have 100 other things ready to do...but you and Roberta have now put the fire beneath me...Yeah...loved this post

Kyle said...

Your latest plaid quilt had a charming make-do attitude. I might have to go check out my husband's side of the closet.

Nancy said...

Great quilt! I discovered Roberta Horton's book when I first began quilting and copied another of the photos in the book, one called "She Did the Best She Could." I finally finished quilting it a year or two ago. Love, love, love plaids!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Julie Fukuda said...

The "celebrate Hand Quilting facebook page just had a post request on plaid quilts. I like yours even better than those posted. The flying geese is super good. I look forward to seeing what you do with that stash. (I do have a tin of plaids but they are not as colorful as yours.

audrey said...

What a sweet plaid quilt. Just the right amount of fabrics, color and motion! You always inspire me to look beyond the fabrics only available in our quilt stores.:)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love your plaids--your have an amazing stash of them!!

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Lovely top! The flying geese one is also great, love all those colours!!

Janie said...

Super! I really like the flying geese quilt in plaid, winner!

betty prins said...

I'm now runnig to my quiltlibrairy..i have the book of Roberta also..and a lot of shirts, i think i saved them over 40 jears..I love how you used the fabric!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a wonderful quilt!! I can see you've had fun making PlaidsII. Is the backing made of plaids too? I bet there's fabulous ideas swirling for PlaidsIII.

Marit said...

This top is lovely! It makes me think fall is coming, and whispers of warm tea and comforts before the fireplace... Something very charming about those plaids!

; )

Judy Martin said...

beautiful work - especially like the plaid geese
and that they are made with men's shirts.
always inspiring to visit here.
x

Christine Feldstein said...

Brilliant way to use plaid fabrics! You really are a virtuoso and I love both quilts, they are so luminous!

Kaja said...

I like Roberta Horton's Scrap Quilt book - but she's a favourite of mine. Your quilts are so good: I had admired the flying geese before but I like this new one a lot too. I love how it has a calm, quite comforting feel, though you might expect just the opposite with all that plaid in one place.

Ann said...

Flying Geese are. A perennial favorite of mine. I love the way you used your old shirts. Thanks for sharing these beautiful quilts.

Anne at Shintangle Studio said...

Oh, I am with you about plaids in quilts, particularly if the plaids come from cut-up men's shirts from the thrift store. I've made three quilts with plaid flannels from men's work shirts from the thrift store: I think of them as homages to my husband's 35+ years in the logging industry (he's a horse logger). Fun to see them used in Flying Geese, which I don't think I've ever seen before. Well done!