Friday, December 3, 2021

Plaid-ish / Beauties Pageant 154

Hey, there—long time, no post! I’m happy to be back on my blog after an unplanned break that included a month’s worth of appointments compressed into a week, a visit with my in-laws, and Thanksgiving with my side of the family. Aside from one deadline-driven project I’m working on, I’m hoping to mostly coast through the end of the year. Lucky for me, I have projects close enough to the finish line that I will still have fun stuff to share, even though sewing is in low gear for me through the new year. : )

Pictured here is one of those finishes! It’s my first Plaid-ish quilt. It’s also my only Plaid-ish quilt—until I finish my Gypsy Wife quilt. I’ve decided that feat will earn me a second Plaid-ish. What makes this pattern so much fun? It’s the fabric pull, friends. I love sitting down with my scraps and stash, and developing a palette. It’s almost as much fun as designing patterns. What makes Plaid-ish extra satisfying is that it uses no background fabric, so it busts through a ton of fabric.


And there are so many good fabrics in this beauty. Two collections from Kate Spain—Aria and Canyon—set the stage color-wise. (I had bits left over from this quilt and this quilt and this quilt.) I built the palette from there, focusing on salmon, periwinkle, grassy green, aqua, navy, and gray. There are selections from Alison Glass, 1Canoe2, Lizzy House, Janet Clare, and other fabulous designers. The pattern, a freebie from Erica Jackman, of Kitchen Table Quilting, is built around low, medium, and dark tones. If you’ve never played with value before, it’s a blast—you’ve got to find the time to sew a Plaid-ish!

I splurged and sent this project to Narda at Maz Q’s Sewing and Quilting Studio for an edge-to-edge panto. I like to quilt my tops myself and considered stippling this one, but it’s an oversize throw and I knew Narda’s work would give it a polish that my domestic and I couldn’t. 

We have so much to catch up on! Please share your finishes from the past few weeks (more than one upload is encouraged!) in the linky below. It’s nice to be back. : )

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  1. Coasting through to the end of the year sounds like a fantastic idea! Sounds very peaceful. Everyone needs a break sometimes, and I'm glad you got to have some downtime and a good holiday. The Plaidish quilt is great. Such pretty fabrics. I need to make one of these! Have a good weekend!

  2. I am swooning over your plaid-ish quilt. That one is definitely on my list for next year, and I'm studying everyone's fabric choices as I'm (more than) just a little intimidated by that part. I love your modern prints.

  3. I like how the panto you selected compliments the design but puts it on an angle. And I love the binding print you used and how it varies from light to medium to dark just like the piecing!

  4. No finishes from this week but I have a in-progress pic from my plaidish I can link up :) And I totally agree, they are very fun! I think I saw a sew along for Feb-Mar - I plan to do another one then ;) xo

  5. It certainly is glad to see you are back . Sounds like you have been very busy.Your plaidish quilt looks amazing and love the variety of fabrics. Beautiful job. Thank you so m much for hosting the link party. Have a great weekend.

  6. Nice job on plaidish. Have fun skating to the end of the year. Our holidays are pretty low key so I'll continue to sew a bunch.

  7. That's a gorgeous version of the plaid! Beautifully done.

  8. Oh good! I'm glad I didn't miss anything because I too was away from blogging for a while. Ten days away to visit family in Kansas City over Thanksgiving was wonderful. And now it's good to be at home again. Sewing. I'm making pouches to gift as thank yous to nail/hair techs and volunteer activities leaders. Your Plaidish quilt turned out so nice! I've made one too, though I didn't have planned colors as you did. Mine was sort of an anything goes quilt. It was fun to make, and I'm happy to say it's been gifted to a cousin. Such a good pattern that's worth revisiting. Thanks for sharing yours.

  9. Oh, it's very pretty and a skillful placements with your colors. Fun!


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