Dad's favorite color was blue, and it was reflected in the clothing he chose. I had 12 different summer plaid shirts to work with, and most of them were blue so they played together nicely.
The pattern I chose was called "Cool Summer Porch" by Eleanor Burns. The title alone seemed to make it the perfect pattern choice.
To start, I deconstructed the shirts and ironed the pieces flat.
Each shirt sleeve yielded two squares of fabric which I then subcut on the diagonal. I cut them all individually so that I could be sure to line up the plaids with the straight edge of the ruler.
One triangle was sewn to each side of a white strip of fabric:
The resulting quilt was supposed to look something like this, according to my Electric Quilt software:
In the end, I eliminated the horizontal and vertical white sashing because it competed visually with the lines in the plaids, and I rearranged the direction of the white stripe.
The final result is this:
Of the 12 shirts I used, I was able to find a photos of my Dad wearing 9 of them. I will be adding a pocket to the back of the quilt with copies of the photos as a keepsake.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads. 💗