Let’s start a waaaay long time ago, back to the days when I was just beginning to understand how to work with patterns and prints, using Roberta Horton’s book Calico and Beyond: The Use of Patterned Fabric in Quilts as a guide. One of my first projects was the challenge of using only plaids. I have found that setting limitations sometimes stimulates my creativity; I want to solve the puzzle. Here is an example of this quest.
Now, when I see this older piece, recently beautifully photographed, I see all the fabrics from which I made shirts for my husband and for myself—some are lovely pima cottons from Britex. Some of you may remember when gingham was 100% cotton—the good old days.
And here are these fabrics, all fitting together in a quilt for a Raggedy Andy.
The details shows that this was made during the time when I was still hand quilting my pieces.
Now let’s jump forward 20 years to see how these plaids are still a fun part of what I do.
These two quilts, one finished and one still in progress, are made from the leftovers from an unfinished project I started in a Rebecca Rohrkaste workshop. The original project just did not want to get finished, so I re-purposed the fabrics into two smaller works. I still love the colors, and all the activity in the plaids.
A Flying Geese work-in-progress. I love this one much more than the first, and I think it will be a wonderful quilt when finished.
Click here for Super Triangles with more plaids.