Uncle Skippy, come play with me, pleeeeeese.
My Uncle Skip has been my favorite uncle for as long as I can remember. Grandma and Grandpa would take me home with them after church every Sunday. After dinner Uncle Skippy would go into the living room and lay down on the sofa for a nap. Well at least he would try. Along I'd come and beg him to play with me. He had been out the night before and as he now tells me had a horrific hangover most Sundays. But I would pester and be so relentless that he would give in and play games with me. He said if he didn't he'd never get his nap!!! I remember one Sunday Uncle Skip really didn't want to play so I just sat on his head! I'm sure that didn't help his headache much!!
This quilt is perfect for Uncle Skip because he always wears plaid shirts. I got the pattern from the Reap What You Sew 2009 Celtic Adventure Quilt Retreat. That particular year I did not make the quilt that every one else was making at retreat. (You can see the quilt called Trinity Knot in my gallery.) This quilt is based on fabric values. You must distinguish between light, medium, and dark values. Because it is nearly impossible to find enough plaids, there are fabrics with stripes and polka dots which actually work quite well with the plaids. This is a bit of a complicated pattern and it is suggested that your pieces be separated in baggies and marked according to value. The quilt is constructed by making 1/4 blocks at a time. So you don't see the pattern until you start putting rows together. It is very important to keep your values separated and to follow the instructions as noted. If you get a value in the wrong place, it can throw the pattern off. This quilt also requires the Quilt in a Day Triangle Square Ruler.
This pattern definately requires concentration. But the end result is worth all the effort. I like it so well that I've rounded up all the leftovers, got onto Connecting Threads and made a wish list for Christmas. Found out someone got me my wish list for Christmas...Yipee!!! I've ordered a plaid fat quarter bundle that was on sale from Keepsake Quilting that meets the medium value (the hardest to find). By spring time, I should have enough that I can make my own plaid quilt. Yes, I liked Uncle Skip's quilt so much that I decided I had to have one of my own. And I just might ask Uncle Skip if he has any old plaid shirts he's planning to throw out so I can add to my quilt. That way I'd always have a part of my favorite uncle close to me.