I LOVE PLAID!
I don’t know what it is about plaid that I like. I just like it.
I especially like it at Christmas time. I have plaid table cloths (actually for every season), plaid Christmas plates, plaid ribbons, plaid shirts, plaid…well, you get the idea.
Ten or twelve years ago, I purchased a large piece of plaid flannel at a garage sale for a couple of bucks.
I knew immediately what to do with it!
There is a project in this book I had been wanting to do. The flannel was perfect!
The project was to make a quilt out of old flannel shirts. Flannel. Plaid. Recycle project. It just doesn’t get much better!
So, I started collecting. Garage sales, Goodwill, husbands closet.
We moved. Life got busy. The project stayed stuffed in a drawer until this summer–10 years later!
I spent a couple of my “Craft Days with Joanna” cutting my shirts into 9 1/2 inch squares.
Those squares sat in the drawer for a while before I actually started. Have I mentioned how life got busy?!
Take the time to press your squares before and after all the cutting.
I didn’t have a layout pattern. I just laid the pieces on the floor and moved them around until I was happy.
Chain-piecing the squares made the sewing go more quickly.
Disclaimer: This is not ACTUALLY a quilt. It is really more of a coverlet. A quilt has 3 layers-top, batting, back. My coverlet just has a top and back-for several reasons. First, I thought with an all-flannel front and an all-flannel back that it might be too warm. Second, I didn’t have enough batting at the time. I was ready to finally be finished with this project. I didn’t want a trip into the big city to slow me down. Third, I didn’t want to do a lot of quilting. My “quilt” is just tacked together with buttons from the shirts and other various projects.
I didn’t do a fancy binding or border either.
Here is the back of the quilt. (Yes, I know, it just is easier than coverlet.) This is the large piece of plaid flannel that started it all!
And now for the front…
I’m so happy to have this little project finished! I even finished it in time for the county fair. Blue ribbon!
In hind-sight, I wish I had added the batting and the border. Oh, well! I’m happy enough with it.
I do love it’s plaid-ness!