My husband’s family is Scottish on his father’s side. His father, also named Walt, had a deep love for all things related to Scottish culture. Their family plaid is a sober green with thin blue and red lines.
When I made the quilt featured in this blog, my husband said, “Now, that’s our family plaid.” The name stuck. This is one of my favorite earlier art quilts.
In 2007, I took a design workshop with Vikki Pignatelli where she shared her method for doing curved piecing. Family Plaid came out of that class. While I don’t use Vikki’s technique for making curves today, I was very inspired by the three days I studied with her.
I had an idea for the quilting on Family Plaid, and I knew if it worked, I would go on to use it to design a whole cloth quilt.
I decided I would use a black fabric for the backing of the quilt, so that the stitching would show up clearly.
On the front of the quilt, I would match the thread as closely as I could to the actual fabric colors used to create the top. I selected 28 wt. Aurifil thread for all the quilting. This is my favorite thread for most of my quilts. It is very thick, so the quilting is highly visible . It has a beautiful sheen to it, and it comes in a bazillion colors. When I first started using Aurifil thread I only used the 28wt. Now, if I am doing a design that requires a lot of back tracking, I will use the 40wt. Or if I buy a new spool, I will usually buy 40wt. as you get more thread for your money.
I use the 50wt. for piecing. I do not have an association with Aurifil, but I do love their threads.
Early on in my quilting life, I had decided that for the most part all of my quilts would have all the colors in the color wheel represented.
At first, I didn’t let gray or brown into my color club. I thought they were boring. But then I realized no party is complete without a few wallflowers. Now brown, gray and I are close friends. Nothing makes me happeir than trying some crazy color combination and getting visually satisfying results.
Before gray and brown, I used eight primary colors (I know there are only six, but I needed more so I added two)- Purple, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, and Blue. These colors, in pure hues, along with black and white were my standard palette for about five years.
Family Plaid was no exception. There are eight colors in Family Plaid. Which leads me to my final decision for quilting Family Plaid, which was to give each color its own quilting motif.
My hope was that by giving each color its own quilting motif, it would be just as colorful and exciting to look at a s the front. What do you think?