None of the plaids are from clothes that we wore. Some of the plaids came from an era when I would buy plaid shirts from the thrift store and cut them up for fabric. Most of them were just collected from fabric stores in different states over time. These quilts are multi-generational, multi-familial, and multi-statal. How do you like all those big fancy words?
The first nephew got this quilt. The second nephew got the one that I've been calling Plaid Pinwheels. I really like making pinwheels. They're super easy and accurate if you use the half square triangle method of piecing.
Many quilters suggest starting your free motion quilting in the center of the quilt and working towards the edge. On the pinwheel quilt, I followed the diagram above and found that it worked really well. I'll definitely use that technique again.
The third nephew got the one below, which was inspired by this quilt that a friend made. It's weird how the same pattern can look completely different depending on the fabric choices.
I ran out of Levi pockets for labels, but am in love with this label also. I've been calling this quilt 'Words with Sun'. Sun is nephew number three's mom and we're addicted to playing a certain game.
A member of my quilt guild asked me what it's like to use denim for binding. I wouldn't recommend it. The edges aren't too bad if you have a good thimble, but the mitered corners are a nightmare.
Speaking of thimbles, I discovered this awesome thimble at Joann's right before I started sewing on the binding. I love it because...
- It doesn't continually slip off of my finger like a metal thimble does.
- I can push the needle through the fabric by sitting the end of the needle in the metal indentations.
- I can pull the needle out of the fabric by gripping it with the rubber.
- There's a handy dandy size guide (a hole in the packaging) to help you pick the right size for your finger.