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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Preppy Plaid Chevrons

I am finished with the fourth (and final) memory quilt- Preppy Plaid Chevrons!  And I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.  If I could have gone to the coast to take beautiful photos near sailboats and blue water I would have, but alas, living in Tennessee that is not really an option.


The thing about a chevron quilt is that you don't need a ton of fabric variety, but you do need a decent amount of each fabric.  I only used nine of the shirts on this one, and I added the navy and white.  The chevrons took the entire back panel from each shirt (which is what was left).  Since that only gave me about 48 inches in width, I needed the navy stripes on either side to make the size more consistent with the other three memory quilts- about 60 x 60 in.

Although I wasn't sure how I would like the navy stripes, I'm really pleased with them!  I'm glad I chose to add them to the sides only though, so the dark fabric doesn't frame the chevrons too much.


As with Western KaleidoscopeBricks and Mortar, and Going Camping, Preppy Plaid Chevrons has a Kona Coal backing with a chambray stripe, Kona Rich Red binding, and is quilted with stippling in a coal gray thread.  I hope these little touches help the differing styles still feel like a set.



The other consistent feature of all four quilts is the wording of the labels.  My dad's is slightly different, of course, but the basic wording is the same.



I really hope these quilts will be treasured by my dad and uncles, and I hope that each son loves the mood of the plaid I've chosen for him.  I'm planning another post soon with all four quilts to wrap up this chapter in my quilting.  I think it will be really neat to see all of them together!

23 comments:

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  2. Oooh this is my favorite of the four.

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  3. Congrats on another great finish, Kelly! The addition of the navy and white sets off those chevrons just right. Looking forward to seeing the set together!

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  4. Congrats to the fourth quilt. I like them all.
    Gunilla

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  5. Ok, I think this one is my favorite out of the group! They just keep getting better :) Congrats on finishing them up!

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  6. They are truly fabulous. Great job.

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  7. Oh Kelly, your work is so wonderful! This is such a great pattern for these plaids. The navy sides are just what this quilt needed. Congrats on completing all 4!

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  8. You finished that quickly! It's looking even more fab now it's quilted :)

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  9. Another lovely plaid-tastic quilt. And can I say after doing some stippling this weekend, I am jealous of yours here. So perfect! Do you think it is easier or harder doing it larger? I love the look, but am worried I will get a little wonky in the larger curves...Does that make sense?

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  10. What a beautiful quilt and a very special way of remembering a dear one.

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  11. Kelly--I've been following your journey with these memory quilts. You've done a wonderful job, and I'm sure your dad and uncles will cherish them. What a beautiful honor-filled project!!

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  12. Your meander is fabulous! The story of the 4 quilts is heartwarming, and so special. Kudos to you!

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  13. Another great finish! This one is definitely perfect for your preppy uncle.

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  14. visiting from anything goes. This is really gorgeous. I love it

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  15. Chevrons in plaid - fantastic idea. I really love how your quilt turned out :)

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  16. This turned out so great! Sadly, I don't live near sailboats and blue water either. :-)

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  17. Great memory quilt from shirts! I'm sure it will be treasured.

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  18. What a precious memory quilt Kelly and I'm sure your dad will love it! Thanks for sharing.
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  19. This set of quilts is really amazing! Theme and variation is one of my favorite things and I love that you came up with four variations using your grandpa's old shirts. Beautifully done! Congrats on yet another amazing finish and thank you for linking up!

    xo -E

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  20. So I've been looking at your different chevron quilts and I came upon this one, read the label, completely burst out crying, because I have a stack of my dad's shirts (he passed away in 2011) that I'm keeping until I figure out what I want to do with them, and VOILA! Thank you.

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  21. Scale it down and it would make an adorable baby boy quilt.

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