Saturday, January 15, 2011

Denim Jeans Quilt

This is the first quilt I ever made. I knew no quilting "rules" at the time. I had many years of garment sewing and doll clothes-making under my belt, so I had all the basic skills I needed to make this quilt.

It was created using my husband's worn work jeans. And it was made for him. It is the heaviest and warmest blanket I have ever encountered.

My friend Chris asked about it, since she is making a denim quilt. So I thought the best way to get the information to her was to post it and thereby share it with the rest of you.

I cut scraps 5" wide x different lengths, depending on the usable portions of the jeans. This way there weren't any intersections of four patches. Just long strips to join together.

I backed it with a double-sided flannel which was extra thick. And I brought the back around to the front and zigzagged the binding down to the front.

I tied it with embroidery floss and buttons at the center of each rectangle.

A great way to make use of all those discarded jeans!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've always wanted to do a denium quilt. I think it makes such a great guys quilt.

bettyp said...

You did good for your first quilt and a jean quilt at that!!!

Chris said...

Sue - thanks for posting a picture! I'm hoping to start cutting my squares and strips this weekend. :)

P. said...

Now that's one I'd grab to curl up under while watching TV. I love the feeling of something heavy and warm when it's chilly. You did a nice job on it!

Pokey said...

I'm way behind sayin' hi to you on this one, sorry!
My denim quilt made 30 years ago was very similar to yours, and won a blue ribbon at the Box Butte County Fair. Larry loved it until it was almost shredded, lol. I think most guys are like ours in loving those jean quilts.
I'll see if I can dig it out for a picture, 'cuz you know I didn't throw it away~

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