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 Kaleidoscope, Bricks 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!