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Topic: My first quilt - Denim Quilt - PICTURE HEAVY!  (Read 4514 times)
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« on: April 27, 2011 04:09:40 PM »

I made my first machine quilt about 7 years ago.  I'm not great at sewing, but somehow I managed it (with the help and advice of my wonderful mother).  Oh, and WARNING, picture heavy!  I like me some pictures!  Just because you aren't great at sewing doesn't mean you can't make a beautiful quilt!  You just need to be able to sew squares together!  

For my first quilt, I went large since I was making it for my boyfriend at the time (now ex-boyfriend)!  I decided I wanted to do a king-size quilt made out of old jeans with a thick fleece backing.  Crazy?  Indeed!  So this quilt I used lots and lots of old pairs of jeans from my family and friends.  I cut up a lot of jeans!  I had a square cardboard that I used to trace the square onto the jean and then just cut each out by hand.  Not very precise, but it worked!  (For later quilts I got a cutting mat, quilter's ruler, and rotary blade.  Sooo much easier!)


Here is the trusting sewing machine and all the squares I cut out by hand stacked up!


I then sew them into strips.  Look at me go!  (Wow, old picture!  :p)


Then I ironed open the seams to make sewing the rows together easier.  



Sewing rows together!  Tra la la!


Sewing the backing on!


Putting in the stuffing.  Please tell me other people also climb inside their quilts to do this.  o_O  I had a kitty friend to help me!


And here it is!  Ta-da!


All stacked up nicely!


And a closeup of the embroidery I put on it.  This was a first time doing embroidery, as well.  The star is an applique I got from the local craft store.  I lurve stars!  And yes, were were Jack & Jill.  It was cute while it lasted.  ^_^  So there it is!  You got to see my first quilt come together!  It was quite the heavy beast when it was done, too.  Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011 04:34:22 PM »

Excellent job on the quilt. Denim isn't easy to work with Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011 04:53:33 PM »

Great quilt but I must say I've never seen someone climb inside their quilt to stuff it  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011 05:27:01 PM »

hahah i've bever seen anybody climb into thier quilts to stuff them either, but it looks like fun. I might have to try it!. =D
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011 09:14:59 PM »

Brilliant!  I love the look of the different shades of blue.  How on earth did you manage to cut all those squares by hand!?
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2011 10:51:42 AM »

Iam contemplating a denim quilt at some point - they all look so neat, and it's a great way of re-purposing old, beat up jeans!  It's just one on a long list of to-do-eventually projects!

Yours looks great!

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2011 11:10:58 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I'm glad you all like my first quilting attempt.  I'm not great at it, but it worked!

Brilliant!  I love the look of the different shades of blue.  How on earth did you manage to cut all those squares by hand!?
It definitely took some time!  I've learned my lesson.  ^_^  Its fun to get different shades of jeans.  I'm pretty sure one of my old pairs of jeans was sparklie.  Teehee.

Yeah the quilt was really big and heavy and I had a hard time getting the batting in there without climbing inside.  Then again, I think I've done this with the second quilt I made as well.  Just making sure it all laid down like I wanted to.  Yeah, I'm crazy.  ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2011 12:35:49 PM »

Awesome. I love working with old clothes!
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2011 03:08:14 AM »

It is a great quilt - I know how hard it is to work in denim, and I didn't even stuff mine. To bad you don't have it anymore.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011 07:18:28 AM »

I'd love to have a denim quilt but I'm too scared to try to make one:). Thank you for the motivation!
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