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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2004 04:01:30 PM »

OK those are sooo great i love recycling!!!!!!!! ROck on girl!!!!!!!!!!!! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2004 07:55:05 AM »

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?
I used a flannel sheet on one of the quilt backs, and i have had really good results w/polar fleece. Just make sure you tie your quilt. As for binding I just sew the rst and leave and opening.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2004 06:46:10 PM »

thanks dyabolica - i got the piecing done and washed it. it frayed out nicely. i have a really cute red floral flannel sheet i'm not using anymore so i think i'll use that for the back. thanks for the tips!
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2004 02:09:58 PM »

that is soooooooooooooooooooooo AWESOME
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2004 12:07:54 PM »

 Grin Thank you! I've been sitting here trying to come up with a simple craft project for my husband's birthday. He has a bunch of ratty shirts that have nice patches on them that he wants to keep for sentimental reasons. I could make this blanket using his own clothing scraps and then applique the patches on random squares. I have been looking for a way to make some sort of "memory qult" for him.
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2004 12:25:29 PM »

Beautifully done, dyabolica.  Years ago I made a windowpane-style quilt (well, it never actually got quilted, so I guess it's more of a...what, a blanket? a throw? a comforter?) out of jeans, and even though some of the squares themselves have frayed through (can't figure out how that happened as the quilt just goes from my bed to the wash and back) it's still warm and heavy and perfect for cold winter nights.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2004 12:54:15 PM »

I've been collecting jeans to make my son a quilt for when he moves into a big boy bed. I want to do a cowboy themed room and thought that I'd stencil branding irons on random pieces - and I want to back the quilt with bandanas. I just need a bunch more jeans Smiley
I do like the flannel idea, too bad I just took a bunch of flannel shirts to SA!
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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2004 05:32:53 AM »

I've been collecting jeans to make my son a quilt for when he moves into a big boy bed. I want to do a cowboy themed room and thought that I'd stencil branding irons on random pieces - and I want to back the quilt with bandanas. I just need a bunch more jeans Smiley
I do like the flannel idea, too bad I just took a bunch of flannel shirts to SA!

I have seen bandana fabric at the fabric store, it probably be cheaper to buy that, and its thicker then the bandanas, plus you could use your 40 percent off coupon. I think that would make a really cute big boy bed, I also see horseprint fabrics there too, or one of those big chunky stamps. Ask your family and friends for old jeans you will be suprised how much you get! I got a huge stack that way. Thrift stores will often save damaged or out of style jeans for you and charge a small price. There are even people who sell precut denim squares on ebay.
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2004 05:37:33 AM »

Beautifully done, dyabolica.  Years ago I made a windowpane-style quilt (well, it never actually got quilted, so I guess it's more of a...what, a blanket? a throw? a comforter?) out of jeans, and even though some of the squares themselves have frayed through (can't figure out how that happened as the quilt just goes from my bed to the wash and back) it's still warm and heavy and perfect for cold winter nights.
I had something similar happen on one of my 1st denim blankets, it is because I used 1/4 in. seam allowances, like in a real quilt, but because of the weight and bulk of the fabric you should use 1/2 allowances.
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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2004 12:23:42 PM »

It's not that mine have frayed at the seams (it's been a LONG time since I make this thing but, knowing me, they were probably at least half an inch), but rather right across the patches, kinda like when the knee in your jeans starts to go.  I guess torn would be a better way to describe it.  Perhaps there were little holes or very worn spots and the weight of the piece plus time, use, and washing all contributed to the distress.  Sigh.  Would like to replace the torn squares and someone suggested cutting them out and handsewing in new ones (rather than opening it up to get at it from the inside and completely remove the torn sections)...which maybe I'll get around to...some year....
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