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!