We have a son in college, and he has a new girl friend. I figured it was a good time to make his jean quilt with his high school jeans.
For each square, I cut a front, a back and the batting, which is 1 inch smaller
sandwich batting between a front and a back square
Sew from one corner diagonally to the other corner.
Repeat, forming an x on each square. Congratulations, you have just quilted that square, and it holds the batting in place.
finished squares sewn together . . .
Our son served a mission for our church in Bolivia and spent several months in a remote village. He only had 1 pair of jeans with him to wear. I used 80% of that pair in this quilt
Those jeans have a lot of tender memories, and give the most character for the quilt.
stats and a few important things to remember:
finished: 60 x 70
20 blocks, 15 inches square
It takes 5-7 pairs of jeans (depending on how long the legs are)
use denim needles 90/14
use 4 color catchers in the washing
With traditional rag quilts, you clip the seams every 1/2 inch or so to create the raggy look, but since jeans fray so well, I just wanted the frayed look. A few washings took care of that.
Note to self:
After jean/flannel quilt is sewn and ready for washing, fold the quilt in 1/2, flannel sides facing each other (fold longer ends together so that your quilt is long, it will spin better in your washer).
Sew around the 3 open edges with a large stitch. Then wash. Undo stitching after washing and drying complete. This will alleviate HOURS of time having to "de-pill" your flannel side (I may or may not have learned that by experience)
How about you? have you ever made a jean quilt? do you have any tips to add? Leave me a comment if you're interested in this giveaway.
finish it friday