I saw a photo of a plaid quilt in a magazine and I figured "I can make that". I gathered fabrics. You need a large quantity of background fabric. I probably had 2 yards. I cut large rectangles from the light fabric then I cut strips of blue. I cut the background rectangles maybe 3 inches up from the bottom and sewed on the blue strip and sewed the cut off background back on to the blue strip.
Then I cut sliced off about 3 inches on the left side of the blocks and put in a different blue strip of a different width.
I did that a total of 2 vertical cuts and 2 horizontal cuts. The last blue strip was skinny and it was my sashing and I used it vertically and horizontally. I love how it turned out. I think I will quilt it myself with straight lines to mimic a plaid design.