Monday, December 22, 2014

Plaid Circles Quilt

I'm still mulling over a name for this quilt, as you may gather by the generic post title.  Meanwhile, I finished binding it yesterday and, other than a proper name and label, it's done!

It's from a pattern called Dad's Plaids by Elsie Campbell in her book String Quilts.

It started with sewing strips of thrifted plaid shirts into a strata, then cutting that into the drunkard's path block and border pieces.

I really enjoyed making this quilt, working with such a variety of plaids, assembling light and dark strips into the strata, and pretty much every step in the process.

Quilting it, though?  Well, I left that to an expert, Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.  She did a wonderful job of an overall interconnected squares pattern, which you can see a little better on the back.
I think it complements the plaids very nicely! 

It's hard to photograph a quilt in the house on some of the darkest days of the year.

Nevertheless, I gave it a shot (or a dozen and a half, as the case may be).  I like what the "Lomo-ish" effect does in Picasa.  You can really see the red and orange hot spots pop.  Hmm...another quilt name idea?  Hot Spots?

Norm has claimed this quilt for himself.  He says it reminds him of circuit boards.  I think we will have to share it, though.  Maybe whoever gets to the couch first calls dibs.

Cross the Drunkard’s Path Quilt Along
This was the quilt I made during the Cross the Drunkards Path Quilt Along, so I'm linking up over at Field Trips in Fiber.


  1. I fall in love with this quilt every time you show it, and I think the quilting is a perfect compliment to the design. Merry Christmas to you!

  2. When I snapped out of it, I found my head under the Christmas tree, and a few crumpled packages, but no damage had been done! That's what this quilt just made me do! AMAZEBALLS! AMAZEBALLS! AMAAZEBALLS! The lights, the darks, the brights, the shapes, just sent my head in orbit! Congrats!

  3. This quilt is a work of art. Quite simply amazing!!

  4. Makes me want to run up to the sewing room now! It's beautiful.

  5. Wow! This turned out wonderfully! The quilting goes so great with the plaids and circles.

  6. Who knew plaid could be so exciting?! This quilt, despite its utilitarian beginnings, is quite stunning.

  7. I adore this quilt! Love what Melissa did to it too :)

  8. Can you name a quilt "Hello, Gorgeous!"?

  9. This beauty is the best one all month !~! The pattern provides the plaids places to be stars. I love it. I've seen many quilts using plaids but this is the very coolest of them all. Congrats. The quilting makes it even better if that's conceivable.

  10. That quilt is more breath-taking than I ever imagined! I can see why you and Norm are both vying for it. :) Circuit-boards. I wouldn't have thought of it, but I can see what he means.

  11. Love your quilt! I just saw it on Vicki's blog and admit she chose a real winner.

  12. I just now found this quilt and your blog. I loved designing this pattern and writing it up for my book String Quilts was a joy. I'm glad you enjoyed it, too. You've made a lovely quilt.


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