Saturday, February 20, 2010

~Jean Quilt~

I have wanted a jean quilt for quite a few years. Not to put on a bed, but to use as a picnic throw. It would be perfect for throwing on the ground or over a picnic table!

I saved a pile of Kevin's jeans, added in a skirt, shirt, and some fabric scraps (all denim). Then I got busy and cut:

If I were sewing anything else, I would have taken a little more care and ironed my fabric. But this is something that is going to take a beating. So I figured if the seams didn't match up perfectly it was not a big deal (as it turns out jean fabric is kind of "stretchy" along the edge so it was easy to get the seams matched up! They are all perfect except for one or two that are off by a tiny bit). My squares arranged how I sewed them:

I'm very pleased that some of the squares come pre-stained. LOL There are some with grass stains, and some with paint splashes. It adds character to the quilt, and ensures that I will not be upset when extra stains get added to it!

I sewed it up in a jiffy! Big squares are fun to piece! It took me two afternoons to get sewn, and then it sat on or near my sewing table:

Yesterday I decided it was high time to to get it finished up! I watched some of the Olymic coverage and tied it off with bedspread weight cotton thread. Using a curved upholstery needle helped me make short work of the tying.

Several years ago I bought a vintage sheet at an estate sale for 50 cents. I never could figure what to do with it, so I saved it. And now I'm glad I had it! It made a perfect back for my quilt! I carefully figured the size of my squares to correlate with the sheet size (twin size).

The total cost of this was $.50! I used up thread that I've had sitting in my sewing cabinet for years, and all the fabric was free or "upcycled".


Carissa said...

Awesome! I wish I could sew.

Sara1977 said...

I love it!! Now I want to make one. Too bad I got rid of that big box of jean scraps. :-( It's beautiful and tells a story. Thanks for sharing.

Charity said...

That is beautiful! I love the backing - perfect for a picnic quilt! hmmm... that is a quilt project that I could maybe handle! :)

Mrs. U said...

This is SO pretty!! And what a fantastic idea!! You are SOOOO very talented!!!

Mrs. U

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Anonymous said...

Love it! This will be great for creating family memories on family outings for years to come.
Luv you all-Nana Sherwood

Ruth Ann said...

Do you do machine embroidery? I can picture embroidered ants crawling all over your quilt. What fun! You do neat things!

Ruth Ann

lauramichelle79 said...

I love it! Wish I could sew too, but even if I could I have no space for sewing right now. my mother-in-law has just started quilting I'll have to show her this post. and personally I think I would use this on a bed as well. too cute!

Susan said...

I love it, Tammy! It's a great idea for a picnic quilt. And the baby will remember it all her life as the special quilt you always used on your picnics - so sweet!

Anonymous said...

Love this! I think you should give it away.... to ME!!! HaHa!!
I LOVE quilting, but do not have any ability to sew without many bandages... the kids always get the bandaids when I have a seam to mend or a button to sew on -- LOL!
Rebecca in Canada
P.S. My teens boys would love a quilt like this on their beds :)

Charity said...

hmmm... the more I think about it, the more I want to try my hand at this quilt! :) What size are your squares?

Sarah said...

Love it, Tammy! I have been saving a pile of jeans for this very purpose.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to recycle old denim. Now, you need some warm weather for a picnic!


Annecourager said...

so I'm way late on reading this, but oh well.......that quilt is SO cool. :) Hope you use it innumerable times in the years to come! :)