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« on: January 25, 2010 06:56:39 AM »

Holy cow was this ever a LOT of work!  But totally worth it.  I didn't buy ANYTHING to make this quilt.  I used old jeans from our family (we have 2 boys who go through jeans so fast), and my sister in law sent me some jeans from her family as well (she has 4 boys).  The back is made from stash fabric scraps.  Even the thread was just what I had on hand, so there are several colors in there. 

Each side has 384 squares.  The colorful side has 18 rows that alternate the colors of the rainbow.  This thing was a beast to get through my sewing machine (the denim made it SO heavy), but the worst part was clipping the edges so it would fray.  I ended up with several bleeding blisters and it took me many hours to clip them all.

I learned a few lessons while making this.  Mainly, that stretch denim doesn't fray properly.   Tongue  But I still adore how it turned out, and we use it ALL the time as a picnic quilt or a place to sit and read outside.

Now for the pics (unfortunately, I don't have a good picture of the colorful side.  The kids weren't really wanting to get off of it....

Me, the baby, and the quilt


The denim side


This kind of shows how big it is


And just for fun (I used this pic on our Christmas cards)

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010 07:24:20 AM »

WOW! WOW! WOW!
What a happy quilt. Four children and 768 squares...I nominate you the most patient woman ever!
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010 07:36:05 AM »

Great quilt. And a lovely idea to use denim as backing.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010 07:41:01 AM »

This is absolutely lovely Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010 07:58:25 AM »

Holy cow! That is awesome. I'm so happy you created something the kids love.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010 09:02:04 AM »

Nice quilt!  I love the expression on your baby's face in the first picture...he's a cutie!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010 09:09:17 AM »

Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2010 09:13:00 AM »

This is a beautiful quilt!  Such a great way to utilize old jeans scraps.  Way to upcycle!
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Coralia
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2010 11:23:48 AM »

Love this! Great idea of reusing materials + the patience of sniping all that denim  Shocked Sounds like this really busted up your stash, too!  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2010 02:50:47 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the rainbow side.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2010 08:15:32 PM »

WOW!!! You did an amazing job- making that quilt with four kids!!!

I've got a box of old torn & frayed jeans that I've been putting off doing anything with- guess I've been a little "frayed" to attempt a quilt project with them- I am famous for my totally crooked and screwed up quilts and sewing projects! But you have inspired me!!!

How do you do that snipping to make it frayed like that? How close to you get to the stitches? I want to try this, though I won't attempt something as large as yours.

Awesome- you and the quilt!!!   Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2010 08:24:52 PM »

WOW!!! You did an amazing job- making that quilt with four kids!!!

I've got a box of old torn & frayed jeans that I've been putting off doing anything with- guess I've been a little "frayed" to attempt a quilt project with them- I am famous for my totally crooked and screwed up quilts and sewing projects! But you have inspired me!!!

How do you do that snipping to make it frayed like that? How close to you get to the stitches? I want to try this, though I won't attempt something as large as yours.

Awesome- you and the quilt!!!   Smiley   Smiley   Smiley

I got as close as I could to the stitches without cutting through them.  It was HARD work and dulled my nice sewing shears.  I've read that using spring loaded scissors helps save your hand, but I didn't want to buy anything new for this project.

I'm so glad you are inspired!!  I have to tell you that this is a REALLY forgiving project.  It's actually why I made my rows not line up.  I figured if I did it on purpose, it would look way better than if it just ended up that way.  LOL  And I like the staggered look of the squares.  Let me know if you have any other questions!
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2010 11:18:50 PM »

This looks fantastic.  I have one that I made that I currently (winter) sleep with every night that I lovelovelove.  Great job!
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2010 11:24:47 PM »

Sorry, I can't modify my post (I keep getting a popup that asks me if I want notification-???). 

For those who are interested in making one, it is an easy and forgiving project.  There are tons of tutorials all over the internet and in this site in particular. Please do a search.  Denim is not necessary--just any fabric that frays. My own version is at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=318697.0  Everyone can have such a beautiful quilt as the one demonstrated here.

(I an not trying to hijack this, just provide information--The more quilting we do, the happier our world is!)
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2010 06:04:02 AM »

No problem at all!  I'm all about sharing info.  This is such a simple project, that more people should be making them.  It's a great way reuse!

Here's the tutorial that I followed loosely.  I did a few things different (the main one being that I staggered my rows), but it gives very basic instructions right down to how to cut the jeans apart.  http://www.gloryquilts.com/patterns/denim.htm
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2010 07:22:04 AM »


Thanks for your help, Straw_Holder, and you too, BlondGirl! I am going to check those tutes out.

Straw_Holder, I see what you mean about purposely staggering the blocks. My quilts come out like that anyway- no matter how hard I try to line them up!!! I have discovered that if I just go ahead and really go out of my way to make them crooked and uneven it actually looks better, more funky! But the more I try to have them perfectly squared and lined up the more the flaws show! Weird, very weird!

I once tried one of those "pin wheel" type patterns. Not only did I almost have a mental breakdown from all that measuring and trying to perfectly line & match everything up, but in the end the pattern looked like I hurled my dinner all over the quilt anyway!

I am dragging that box of denim down tonight & giving it a try. Hey what's the worse that can happen?!

Thank you! Now go give those cutie pies a big hug from all us Craftsters!  Smiley   Smiley   Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2010 09:00:03 AM »

That's such a pretty, vibrant quilt!
But I mainly just wanted to comment that the expression on the face of the little girl in purple in the last photo cracks me up! Too funny!!!
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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2010 09:12:30 AM »

That is an AWESOME quilt!  And great recycling, too!
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« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2010 11:30:42 AM »

Beautiful!!
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2010 12:09:31 PM »

OMGosh... I am so jealous of your quilt!! I have a whole stack of denim squares just waiting to be done like this, but I am still in the process of collecting all the colorful top pieces!  I have so many other projects I need to do first, I can't get to this, but they do provide me with some good scraps for it though.  I commend you on your denim cutting!  I not only didn't have the cast-off jeans to do it with, I didn't have the patience!  I found a lady on ebay selling denim squares and snatched some up!  But now they're sitting there taunting me, and your beautiful quilt is making my fingers itch! Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2010 12:38:08 PM »

Oh, so fantastic! I love everything about it: the colors, the denim, the using up the stash, EVERYTHING!

I'll be looking at those tutes, and speculating....
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« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2010 12:48:52 PM »

That is such a perfect family quilt; the colors, the materials. Very picture of familial bliss, and there's not even a scruffy dog! I'm in awe! You need some kind of award for that sucker, especially with the reuse of jeans. Or at least a big bowl of ice cream. Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2010 12:54:15 PM »

this is such a great quilt.  what type of batting did you use it any?
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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2010 01:44:37 PM »

Wow this is awesome! I love the colors and it looks like it's going to get tons of use
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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2010 02:18:38 PM »

That's amazing!
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« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2010 02:39:16 PM »

this is such a great quilt.  what type of batting did you use it any?

I didn't use any batting.  I figured that just being a picnic/outdoors quilt, it didn't really need that extra layer (and I didn't really feel like sewing it in anyways).  It's already SO heavy, I can't really imagine it with another layer (but I have seen tutes online that included it). 
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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2010 02:39:58 PM »

Oh, and THANK YOU for all the love!!  I'm glad you all like it as much as I do!!  (And thanks for calling my kids cute too.  Wink)
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« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2010 02:42:07 PM »

it is just wonderful...... you did a great job... the kids look so happy about it too... what a happy and fun picnic blanket.
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« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2010 06:40:58 PM »

Beautiful Smiley I have a stack of jeans to make something like this someday... maybe Wink
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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2010 06:42:49 PM »

wow! You have done the most awesome job ever! I love, love, love it! I'm hitting this rocks for sure. You should be super proud of yourself.
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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2010 09:07:16 AM »

Super cute !! I love it when you don't have to buy a thing. Wink
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