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« on: October 05, 2004 08:30:39 AM »

* Update* I found this tute surfing, it has pictures and everything. This is exactly the way I made my frayed quilt, except I didnt machine embroider it or use batting.  http://sewing.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.geocities.com%2F%7Esewntell%2Fprojectlist.html
My family live in jeans, so I always have tons of old jeans. I like to cut them up and make camp blankets with them, they are made with 6 1/2 inch squares and half inch seam allowances. The frayed one is super easy to make and I like how it looks frayed, they are lap quilt size, they are super heavy though and can be a challenge to sewing machine needles. My husband has one as well but I made it 15 yrs ago so its pretty ratty ( he won't let me make a new one, cause he says its broke in perfect ).

Front of the easy frayed quilt, notice I used the leg seams of the jeans for some of the patches, I dind't use any kind of design just grabbed a square and sewed, this can be made bigger really easy.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/dyabolica/satchets044.jpg
back of the frayed quilt, my sons old flannel shirts, he loves his blankie and uses it instead of a comforter.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/dyabolica/satchets046.jpg
my daughters blankie, she uses it instead of her fancy comforter too.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v75/dyabolica/satchets048.jpg
Neither one has batting in it because they are heavy enough w/o them, I have made around 20 of these type of quilts for gifts, people love them. I also have made several as a fundraiser for my sons football team, the last one raffled made 357 bucks! I should tell you though not to wash your frayed quilt the 1st time in you home washer, the massive amountof thread and lint it releases the 1st time can plug up your plumbing. Take it to a laundry mat instead.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2004 09:30:48 AM »

Your quilts are lovely and a great way to reuse old clothes--
you should check out this link

http://www.kentuckyarts.org/exhibits/GeesBend/Gees_Bend_Quilts.htm

I saw these quilts on exhibit here in Milwaukee and they blew me away. There was one of all the women's husbands overalls and you could see the life in them, where they were worn out, spilled on....

These quilts should be viewed by all!!

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2004 09:46:57 AM »

Fabulous work!  A friend of mine inspired me years ago to save up all of my denim for this purpose, she had the most amazing denim patchwork quilt.  One of these days I will get the time to make it!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2004 05:56:02 AM »

I've been saving all my husband's denim for the longest time. He's always worked a labor job from grave digger to excavator and he wears out his levi's so fast. I save them in a box to patch up holes in the ones he can still wear. But now that I have an over abundance of his denim (some of mine and my son's, too) I think I will try this.

The denim and flannel one, tho, i have a question. How? It looks as if the flannel is peeping through on the frayed side. How'd you do that?

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004 10:01:17 AM »

I've been saving all my husband's denim for the longest time. He's always worked a labor job from grave digger to excavator and he wears out his levi's so fast. I save them in a box to patch up holes in the ones he can still wear. But now that I have an over abundance of his denim (some of mine and my son's, too) I think I will try this.

The denim and flannel one, tho, i have a question. How? It looks as if the flannel is peeping through on the frayed side. How'd you do that?

Bea

http://piecefulacrepatterns.com/Too%20e-z%20denim%20quilt.htm
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004 10:24:15 AM »

i tired fixing the link for you but to no avail. it may be some glitch in the updates leah is working on right now. for anybody that is interested go to www pieceful acres dot com and then clicking on the link for free patterns. the quilt instuctions are right there.  (i'm not typing the actual link again as the software just mangles it right now) or the way i did it:  by doing a google on piecefulacres patterns and clicking from that. great quilt dyabolica. i'm totally inspired. am kicking myself for selling all my old jeans in our summer garage sale!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004 11:10:40 AM »

i tired fixing the link for you but to no avail. it may be some glitch in the updates leah is working on right now. for anybody that is interested go to www pieceful acres dot com and then clicking on the link for free patterns. the quilt instuctions are right there.  (i'm not typing the actual link again as the software just mangles it right now) or the way i did it:  by doing a google on piecefulacres patterns and clicking from that. great quilt dyabolica. i'm totally inspired. am kicking myself for selling all my old jeans in our summer garage sale!!

Thanks shs for explaining why I couldn't get the link to work no matter what I did, I thought it was me lol.
Just let your relatives and friends know you need old jeans, youd be surprised how many people have old ones. I also have gotten them at yard sales for like 50 cents a pair, and if you let some thrift stores know your interested in jeans with broken zippers, holes, out of fashion etc. alot of time they will sell them to you for like a quarter a pair.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2004 01:42:06 PM »

I also have gotten them at yard sales for like 50 cents a pair

i am giggling hard now! that is exactly what i sold my jeans for at our yard sale - hence the reason i now have no jeans. it's really ironic to think i will now be scouring other people's yard sales looking for 50 cent jeans!!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2004 06:59:23 PM »

I'm hoping to make one of these for my boyfriend's mom for Christmas. They're having a "blue" themed Christmas and I thought this would be great. I was also thinking of making a purse out of denim squares...I'll keep you updated on how those turn out.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2004 02:40:44 PM »

i bought a pair of jeans for my daughter at the thrift this weekend and they turned out to be too small. i was trying to figure out how to put them to good use when i remembered this thread, so i am finally starting on a jeans blanket of my own (tho my boyfriend is eyeballing it so maybe it will end up being a xmas present). so far it's really cute and i'm very excited to have it finished. the only thing is i don't have any flannel shirts to use for the back so i am thinking i will have to quilt it to a backing after i get it done. i am thinking polarfleece - just cut a piece big enough to back the quilt and stitch down the seams of the denim. ... does this sound like it will work? have you used other things to back your other ones? any suggestions?
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