Thursday, May 07, 2015
Every April, the retreat that I attend features a challenge, and this year the challenge was to use plaid fabrics in some significant way. I had a bundle of bright plaid fat quarters in my closet, from who knows where -- probably a quilt show some years back. (I have a hard time resisting a happy bundle of fat quarters charmingly tied up with a ribbon. They're just so dang appealing!)
I cast around for something to do with the plaids, and remembered a pattern I'd pinned on Pinterest some time back. It's called Suburbs, from Cluck Cluck Sew. It felt just right -- and it was available for immediate download upon purchase. Perfect! (They have a paper version too, in case you're wondering.)
Upon reviewing the pattern, I realized that the pattern resulted in big houses -- something on the order of 8.5 x 11 blocks. But I only had little fat quarters of fabric, and I'd been picturing little houses. I pulled out my trusty graph paper and worked out a scaled down block, so my houses could be roughly 5x6 inches.
And away I went. It was fun making the houses and I liked using all of the plaids together. And I'm calling it "Outlandish" because plaids make me think of Scottish tartan, which makes me think of kilts, which was connected to a weekend of binge-watching the "Outlander" series when cable tv provided the Starz network shows free for a week, which I was watching when I was in the midst of making this quilt. Well, it makes sense to me.
I did a basic outlining with a few vertical lines to quilt the houses but toward the bottom I couldn't resist decorating a few a bit differently.
This is likely to be a donation quilt. But I finished it in time to show it for the Plaid Challenge reveal, and several people asked where they could get the pattern so I sent them over to Cluck Cluck Sew. Maybe there'll be a few more little villages at the next retreat!