Sunday, March 24, 2019

It's Probably Plaid...

While I was quilting this beautiful quilt made from plaids and homespuns for my friend Lori at Humble Quilts, I was reminded of a story from when my kids were little.

Danny and David

When my twin boys were about four years old, I laid out their 'photo taking clothes' on their beds. At some point I told the kids that we were going to get our pictures taken, and could they please go put their clean shirts on to get ready.

While I don't remember the response from my other two kids, I do remember my son David letting out a big sigh, dropping his head and trudging off to his room to do as he was told. I also remember him sadly saying...

I t ' s  p r o b a b l y  p l a i d .

As though wearing a plaid shirt were the greatest humiliation of all time. I laughed until I cried. I had no idea that he had such a distaste for plaid, or that he had noticed a trend of photo taking in plaid shirts. (Disclaimer: I could not find a single photo of him in a plaid shirt as a young child!) This is the only one I could find of them in plaid shirts, and it was taken when they were 16!

David, Kelly, Danny

And since today would have been my dad's birthday, (a man who proudly wore plaid on a daily basis!) I will link to the posts about the plaid quilts I made from his plaid shirts for my mom and my sister. I still need to make one for myself.

So now I'm in the mood to make something with plaid. I know my dad would approve and perhaps David wouldn't mind. At least I know what I could name the quilt.

Probably Plaid.

Enjoy every stitch!


  1. Your story made me smile! My Dad would approve too.

  2. When my son was about 4 or 5, one day he asked his dad "Why do you always wear lines and boxes?" Referring to the plaid or striped shirts his dad wore constantly of course. One day I'll make him a "Lines and Boxes" quilt. Sweet memories!

  3. Enjoyed your story. You really do need to make a plaid quilt for yourself.

  4. What a cute story! Kids say the funniest things. I’m saving plaid shirts to make a quilt from someday.

  5. I have several plaid shirts from my son and I will probably made a quilt with them !
    Yours is beautiful as always !

  6. what a sweet story and beautiful kids!

  7. Love this post - I have a box of my dad's plaid and denim shirts waiting to be made into a quilt or two. Also the red top Danny is wearing in picture of him on his bike looks very familiar and brings back memories. LAW

  8. I avoid using plaids (don't even buy them anymore) because they always seem to be off grain and look crooked when cut. It's probably me and not the fabric, but it does drive me nuts, so it's safer to avoid them. Cute story though.

  9. Kids say the darndest things! That's a cute story. I love the way those blocks swim in a sea of blue! I'll check out your link to plaids.

  10. Isn't it funny what kids come up with. Love the story and the quilts. Hope you find time to make your probably plaid for yourself.

  11. I love plaid quilts! Can't wait to see what you come up with for your Probably Plaid quilt!

  12. Plaid always works for me and checks, and if it is red. all the better


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