All plaids

4 10 2013

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.

Raggedy Andy, 1989 29.5" x 29.5" Photography by Sibila Savage

Raggedy Andy, 1989
29.5″ x 29.5″
Photography by Sibila Savage

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.

All Plaids, 2009 42" x 44" Photography by Sibila Savage

All Plaids, 2009
42″ x 44″
Photography by Sibila Savage

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.