Plaid-ish Scrap Quilt (and Tutorial)

Plaid-ish Scrap Quilt (and Tutorial)

I have mentioned it before, but I am making a real effort this year to burn through some of my scraps. So far I have made 4 scrap quilts (see here, here, here, and here), but there are still so many scraps in my bin.

Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting

There were a large number of long, skinny strips and leftover charm squares and I wanted to make a quilt that used as many of them as possible. After playing around with a few ideas, I decided to give a plaid-inspired design a try.

Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting



In order to make the plaid look show through, I used a mixture of blocks that play with value. It is a particularly good way to use scraps because pretty much any color can work in the quilt. This pattern uses tiny squares, skinny strips, rectangles, and (charm size) squares.

Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting

Since I had so much fun making this quilt, I knew that I wanted to write up a tutorial. It is available (for free) in my shop and it is also available in my story highlights on Instagram. Even if you aren't normally an Instagram fan, I would suggest checking them out because I do a little more explaining in the videos and I am also going to be posting responses to any questions that I get about the tutorial.

Even though I wrote this quilt with scraps in mind, it also works well for yardage and I think it would be a lot of fun in solids.

Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting

I used 90" wide minky to back my quilt. It is the first time I have used it and it was fantastic! In the past, I have only used minky on smaller quilts because I didn't want to piece it for the backing, but the 90" version solves that problem and I had no issues with it while quilting on my home machine.

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If you plan to make this pattern, I do have a few suggestions for you to help make the plaid-effect noticeable.
  • Make you are using the darkest dark value fabrics, the lightest light value fabrics, and the medium-est medium value fabrics. There is a whole spectrum of value and you don't want darks that are too light or lights that are too dark. That being said, I was not strict about this with my quilt because I was more interested in just using what I had.
  • Use the black and white photo mode on your phone to help distinguish value. Sometimes it can be tricky to see! 
  • Busier prints are a little risky to use here - obviously I used them, but they tend to have a mix of values.
  • If you are going to shrink (or expand) the size of the quilt by adding or subtracting blocks, use the coloring sheet to help you plan. 

Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting

If you have any more questions, check out my Instagram stories and hopefully I have already answered them! (or you can ask them in the comment section below)

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Comments 14

Nicole Martin on

Is there somewhere else that I can find this pattern?

Val on

I absolutely love Plaidish quilt pattern but it’s not available.Is there any possibility it will be available soon?

CherylAnn Hank on

I would also love the pattern

Trouti on

I was hoping to get pattern, I really love it. Thanks

Cathy Suignard on

I would really like this quilt pattern!!
When will it be available either pdf download that I purchase or free.
Thank-you!!

Maria on

I would love this pattern, as it would be great for making quilts for the men in my life (husband, sons, etc). Using their favourite colours would make great gifts. Also, a great pattern for making charity quilts. When will this pattern be available? Thank you so much!

Gitta Smith on

I would love to have a copy of this pattern. I downloaded the mini-plaidish pattern, but realized that what I really wanted was a slightly smaller version of the regular plaidish quilt which can be achieved by just subtracting blocks/rows. If you would be so kind as to send me a copy of the original plaidish pattern and instructions, I would really appreciate it. I love how it looks and think it would make great quilts for Crisis Pregnancy Centers or other Charities.

sue on

I would also like a pdf of the plaidish quilt if possible. I would truly appreciate it. I have always loved plaid fabrics so this is perfect. Thank you so much.

Ellen on

How can I download the Plaidish quilt pattern and directions? I LOVE THIS!!!

Karla Olson on

Went to download Plaidish cuz I was finally ready to do it and discovered it isn’t available anymore. Is there any way to get it?

Karin on

I would love to know how can I get a copy of the pattern please!

Linda Johnson on

when will the Plaidish pattern be available again. I’ve been trying to come up with something to quilt and this is the first thing that has caught my eye. Thank you.

maureen on

When will the plaidish scrap quilt pattern be available again. Its so pretty!

Jill on

Heard there was a chance I could get a pdf of directions for this pattern.
Thank you

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