The Farmhouse Plaid quilt pattern has been a work in progress for some time, but finally I am able to share it with you :).
If you are a newsletter subscriber then you have heard how challenging writing this pattern has been for me. Not the pattern itself, but learning all the new software that came with wanting to redesign my patterns for future print runs.
Until now, I have only created PDF patterns. And as such I have focused on presenting my patterns in a format most suited to home printing.
Unfortunately, that format does not translate well into a format for professional printing. And, because I want you to have the best experience when using an Aqua Paisley Studio pattern, I set out to learn what I had to do to make that happen.
There is still some room for improvement from a graphic design point of view, before I send the pattern to the printer (hopefully along with a handful of others). But for now I am excited to share it with you in its current format. I hope you love the new look!
The Story Behind the Quilt
I first made the original black, grey and white linen version towards the end of 2017. It was a Christmas gift for my oldest son. A quilt more suited to his age, and the size of his bed seemed like the perfect gift – at least from my perspective ;).
At the time, Buffalo Plaid was trending in fashion, homewares and everywhere else you could imagine! So, I hopped on the bandwagon and decided to try my hand at designing something Buffalo Plaid inspired.
Growing up, I remember a Sunday ‘best’ outfit that consisted of a red tartan kilt, and a cream Fair Isle knitted jumper – with classic black patent leather Mary-Jane’s, (of course)! (Side note: even to this day, I love a classic black patent leather shoe, but now my favourite is a classic wedge heel – okay, back to the main story… :).
I wanted my version of the classic plaid to feel like it had that extra woven element to it that you experience with knitted fabrics. Yet, uncomplicated and simple to piece.
Weaving the secondary blocks throughout this pattern gave this quilt its unique feel, and was exactly the accent I was trying to achieve.
Pretty in Pink
When I started thinking about writing this pattern I decided I would make a sample quilt that felt in every way opposite to the original quilt I made.
While the pattern is simple, my goal was to show how versatile it is. I don’t want the pattern to only be suited to the men in your life, I want to show it can be completely gender neutral or gender specific, depending on the colours and textures you choose to work with..
This quilt top is made up of four fabrics, and you must choose three of them well, to ensure the woven effect is achieved. The fourth fabric is an accent and can either be harmonious or provide contrast – that’s up to you.
In order to create the plaid look, you must select a mid coloured fabric that blends well with both the dark and light fabrics. A simple way to do this is to ensure the mid colour has colours or undertones in it found in both the dark and light fabrics.
If you want to create a quilt using solid fabrics – linen blends or cotton crossweaves work well, because they are made up of multiple colours of thread, woven together.
For my linen version, I used
If you want to use patterned fabric, be sure to start by choosing your mid fabric, then choose your dark and light fabric to complement them.
For my pink patterned version, I used
- Bonnie & Camille fabric from various collections:
- The Good Life, Coral Dot
- Miss Kate, Coral Dot
- The Good Life, Coral on Cream Whole Heart
- Hello Darling, Coral Dainty
The Farmhouse Plaid PDF Quilt Pattern is Available Now
- You can purchase and download it immediately here .
- And for this week only it’s available for $10AUD (approx $7US).
Please note if you live outside Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US, or if for some reason you can not purchase the pattern directly from this website, you can purchase it here.
Would you like a chance at owning your own copy of the Farmhouse Plaid pattern for free? Leave me a comment and let me know what motivates you to get things done… I will select 3 random winners later this week. Giveaway now closed. It seems like deadlines are what drives most of you! I have loved reading your comments and I will be sending out a free PDF pattern to a few of you in the next few days…
Happy sewing friends! , xx