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)

Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting Plaid-ish Quilt Tutorial - Kitchen Table Quilting

39 comments

  1. Dropping everything and off to dig through my stash! This is just the best scrap quilt! Thank you...I love everything you design.

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    1. Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy the pattern!

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  2. Thank you for a great tutorial!

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  3. Thanks for a wonderful design for charm squares and scraps!

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  4. This is a super scrap pattern! I've downloaded it, and it is going on my to-do list. I'm also working through my scrap piles, and my current scrap project is your "All the Rectangles" quilt. It's so much fun watching how that one is developing. Thank you for your generosity in sharing these lovely scrap patterns!

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    1. Oh I'm glad you are enjoying it - I really love making scrap quilts and it has been a lot of fun to share tutorials.

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  5. I have a couple of things to finish up, but I'm hoping to make this my summer scrap quilt. I really love it and appreciate the tutorial!

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  6. This is fabulous and the plaid design definitely comes through. Off to download your tutorial-thank you!

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  7. Love it! Hoping to make a dent in my scraps!

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    1. Ha ha, no matter how many scrap quilts I make, I still seem to have way too many scraps!

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  8. Love this. I have been wanting to do something with my scrap bin and this is the first scrap quilt that has caught my interest. Thank you so much.

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  9. I can't seem to check out with the pattern!

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    1. Send me an email at kitchentablequilting at gmail dot com and I will email the PDF to you directly.

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  10. Erica, as always you are so inspiring and fun, and very generous.
    I am going to make this quilt too. Thank you thank you so much for
    helping me make new cool quilts ❤️

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  11. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I love the plaid-ish effect and hope my quilt turns out as amazing as yours is!

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  12. I would love to get the pattern but it won't let me get past the payment. I thought if it was a free pattern I wouldn't have to check out through paypal. Great Quilt though!

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    1. If you send me an email at kitchentablequilting at gmail dot com, I can forward the file to you.

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  13. Thank you, going to give it a try, hope it is friendly to newer quilters. Waiting for download link.

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  14. I love this quilt! Thank you for creating it.

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  15. Thanks for this great pattern and tutorial, love the plaidish look and chance to use up small pieces!

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    1. Those small pieces are always tricky to use up! They seem to multiply!

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  16. I think this is going to be a long-term project for me, but it is SO DANG CUTE! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and hard work with us!

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  17. Told myself I wasn't going to get anymore patterns because I have a gazillion as it is. But I just couldn't resist this one! It is wonderful!! Takes me back to my Irish/Scottish roots!! :) Thank you so much for sharing it! I love all your other patterns too, but this one is perfect for what I want!

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  18. I got 2 patterns - one for me, one for my sewing buddy. The plaid idea is genius! We'll be able to use lots of scraps up. Thank you!

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  19. Love scrappy plaid quilt. Thank you!

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