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Topic: My Denim Rag Quilt  (Read 10036 times)
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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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Coo Coo the Bird Girl
« 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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Taramor
« 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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stellou
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010 07:41:01 AM »

This is absolutely lovely Grin
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back to quilting...hurray and I dusted my art material Cheesy
natto
« 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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amazing_784
« 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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funtobewith
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010 09:09:17 AM »

Great job!
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Sayruh
« 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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knittersusie
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2010 02:50:47 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the rainbow side.
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