How to Quilt With Plaid Fabric

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How to Quilt With Plaid Fabric

Quilters like to use all sorts of fabric prints when working on new projects. Working with plaids can be a little tricky. You will need special techniques when using a plaid fabric in your quilt, just like you would when you are sewing with plaid for any other type of project. Many quilting rules apply to plaids and other fabrics alike, but there are some guidelines to follow when making a quilt strictly from different plaid fabrics.

Things You'll Need

  • Plaid fabrics
  • Scissors
  • Bag
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Safety pins
  • Clear ruler
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      Choose smaller prints of plaid for use in quilts. Do not use prints that are so large that the pattern of the print disappears when cutting up the fabric into smaller pieces. Pick a variety of plaid patterns for use in your quilt. Choose from the same patterns but different colors or choose from different patterns with coordinating colors.

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      Cut your plaid fabrics into 300 squares that are 6-by-6 inches. Put these all in a bag and shake the bag.

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      Pull one square at a time out of the bag. Do not peek to make your quilt top random plaids.

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      Sew 15 squares together to make one row. Make 20 rows. Press the individual rows.

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      Use pins to pin two rows together matching up all the seams. Sew the two rows together. Keep adding rows until they are all connected. Press all the seams. Layer your quilt top with your backing and batting. Use safety pins to hold the layers together.

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      Follow the grain and pattern of the plaid fabric when sewing in the quilting stitches since plaids have definite straight lines. Use the lines of the print instead of using quilter’s chalk and tracing designs onto the quilt top.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use quality fabrics when sewing any quilt. Poor quality plaid patterns may not match up or repeat in the same way.

  • Purchase woven plaid fabrics instead of printed plaid fabrics. Keep in mind that printed plaid fabrics may be off the straight grain where woven plaids are always on the grain.

  • Cut plaid fabrics with the straight grains to match up different pieces of the quilt blocks easily. Use a clear ruler to help align the edges of the patterns with the fabric.

  • Quilt with a matching or clear nylon thread to highlight the overall design of the quilt. Use a contrasting thread to highlight the individual quilt blocks or the quilting stitches and design.

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