Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Quilt As You Go Denim Quilt Finish




This denim quilt was intended to be finished for a Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild upcycle project, but my original vision ended in a bit of a kerfuffle and got set aside.  My husband has wanted a denim quilt to take to deer camp for sometime, so last fall I decided to finally tackle the project.



My inspiration came from a post of Krista's that she shared about a Gee's Bend class that she attended. She used brown pant legs for portions of a large courthouse step block.  From there, my mind turned my jean leg portions into strips of a giant log cabin block that was quilted in a quilt as you go method.


At the center of the quilt are a pair of tiny back pockets - the backside of my boys' first pair of jeans.   For the back I used a high quality new twin size flannel sheet and the batting is preshrunk warm and natural.  I spray and pin basted these two together for the base and then started in the center with the baby back pockets and worked outward in a quilt as you go method. For the inner portions of the log cabin I used single leg pieces and then for the outside used 2 or 3 legs with bits of perpendicular leg sections in between. (This was a good way to use up that piece of denim below a ripped out knee.)



The quilt as you go method made it possible to quilt this without too much difficulty by just working on the edge of quilt as the size grew.  It is a very heavy quilt and a traditional quilt sandwich would have been hard to wrangle through my machine despite its large throat.  The quilt finished at 75" x 88". ( I think I used about 2/3 of a Rubbermaid 18g bin full of jeans?)  Is it still rather cold here so I'm sure this quilt will get some use in my basement family room before making it's official debut in the 2014 MN Deer Opener...I'll let you know if it brings good luck!

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12 comments:

Sara said...





Indigo comes to mind for this quilt....very nice!! I love all the pockets you added and how you tackled the quilting. Your hubby will be pleased!

Sara said...





I have a similar tub of denim jeans to use up and I love this idea. So simple and the pockets in the center are genius!

Caroline said...





I love it! I am working on a denim & plaid shirt Bull's Eye quilt for a graduation gift.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...





What a kind wife you are Karen! I would never have attemptted that project. It looks great and will last forever! They should track their hunting results every year and it will be a keepsake for the boys!

Poppyprint said...





So fantastic!!! I love your method for quilt as you go - what a great way to get this done in a manageable fashion. It looks like it will be the perfect combination of cozy and rugged for the camp!

Karen H said...





Wow, this is a great quilt! I'll have to start saving old jeans. Very nice.

Kate said...





I love this idea! Then you could easily add jeans as they arrive in your sewing room (as you, sigh, cut off the bottom of yet another pair of ripped-out-knees-little-boys jeans.)

deemallon said...





This came out so nice! I have a box of old jeans waiting for a similar impulse.

Needled Mom said...





I have a stash of jeans that I have always wanted to make into a quilt too. I love how you did that with a quilt as you go. I can imagine how heavy it must be.

Quiltingranny said...





Beautiful Karen! I love denim quilts and upcycling the old jeans. I also use wool sport coats I find at thrift shops! Great job!

Stina... said...





Wow!!!love it..

mjb said...





Really nice finish