Broken Plaid

I finished up this quilt!


Lots of dense straight line quilting that fills in the piecing pattern and then continues across the rest of the quilt.


Here’s a detail of the quilting on the back… All that stopping and starting with the straight lines takes a lot of time, but it’s so worth the end results!


Happy weekend to all of you!

29 Responses to “Broken Plaid”

  1. Isobel March 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    It looks fantastic! Definitely worth the stopping and starting for the end result :)

  2. Erin at InvisibleGirl.Org March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Love it! I am finishing up a quilt with a grey/yellow scheme too and I’m in love with this color combination. Love your straight lines!! So precise, They look great!

    • Jan March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Outstanding. Love the quilting.

  3. Megan March 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    The quilting is awesome and totally a great way to finish this pretty quilt!

  4. Heather March 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Very cool. Love it. The effort with the quilting lines was definitely worth it!

  5. Cutie and Company Quilts March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Beautiful, very cool pattern. I love that straight stitch quilting – can’t get enough!

  6. Courtney March 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    It’s so lovely! Is this pattern in your latest book, Modern Minimal, by any chance?

    • Alissa March 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      Thanks so much Courtney! Nope – it’s not. I have a really hard time making the same quilt twice, so I’ve never remade any of the ones in the book. Ha!

      • Courtney March 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

        Fair enough. Love the pattern, though! Choice of colours is great, too!

  7. Linda March 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    This quilt is so cool. The quilting is just perfect for it. Wow!

  8. Kati R. March 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I love the gorgeous quilting on it, you did a really good job! It was worth the time it took!

  9. Mary on Lake Pulaski March 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    What a classy quilt!

  10. Linda H. March 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Lovely quilt, Alissa! The design is just wonderful. I look at a quilt like yours, with all that straight line quilting that’s so effective, and can’t help myself when I wonder what it would look like quilted with swirls or feathers or some other curvy design. Would it completely change the quilt’s flavor? I’m a FMQer, so forgive me for just wondering. It would be so great to see the same quilt design quilted in different ways, just to note the differences.

  11. Rachel March 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Oh my! LOVE the quilting!

  12. Astrid March 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    So beautiful. What amazing quilting — I can’t imagine your patience!

  13. Amanda March 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    So cool – and I love your trick of hanging it up on the side of the house! Such a good idea.


  14. susy March 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Absolutely love this quilt and how the quilting reiterates the plaid design!!! What fabric did you use for the ecru stripes–or did you use different color quilting threads?

  15. Debbie R. March 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    It’s beautiful! Wonderful simplicity. Great quilting. It’s amazing how lovely straight lines can be!

  16. Connie Fowler March 7, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Beautiful in it’s simplicity! I love it! Great quilting too; I love how you have echoed the plaid in the quilting as well as the design! Awesome!

  17. Melissa March 9, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Alissa, THAT is utterly stunning! I am in awe of your quilt top let alone that amazing quilting. Congraulations!

  18. moira March 9, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    it’s beautiful – simplicity yet full of design. LOVING the quilting too. My kind of quilt :)

  19. Lysa March 11, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I know it’s already been said but, wow, the quilting is just stunning!

  20. lycia March 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Yeah, the simplicity of design, color and straight-lline-quilting is the key. That’s why so many of us resonate with it. Simple. But oh so not that simple. it hits some organic note in our souls.

    Quick q: A portion or maybe all, of your dense and gorgeous straight-line quilting was done on your home sewing machine. Is that really doable for us common folk?

    I mean, there’s so much fabric and stuffing (what’s it called? oh, batting!) and then more fabric. A fatty-ass fabric sandwich to try to pull through our Brothers/Singers/Vikings.

    You seem to drag this three-level smore with ease? what’s the catch? starting in the middle and working out? how?

    could be a great class to teach at sew modern, yo!
    do that class! i’ll help you promote it. (for selfish motives, of course:)

  21. Rachel May 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Love the quilting. I am a newbie at quilting and if you don’t mind me asking, what do you do when you have to terminate the quilting line in the middle of the quilt? Does one just reverse/forward stitch a few times and cut the thread? I don’t know if the thread would start unravelling after a while, if there are a lot of such terminations.


    • Alissa May 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

      Hi Rachel! I have a locking stitch on my machine that I use when I stop and start my quilting, but carefully back-stitching three or four stitches works just fine too. I’ve never had a big issue with my quilting coming undone.

      • Rachel May 29, 2012 at 11:36 am #

        Thanks. I will check if my machine has a lock stitch too.

  22. julie June 30, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I so admire your impeccable stitching and design aesthetic. Lovely and beautifully photographed.

  23. Kelly in Chicago August 29, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Alissa – the quilting here was a fabulous choice! I love this quilt and I’ve pinned it to my “Quilty Goodness” board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you’d like:

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