Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Work in Progress

I cut up piles of jeans! Old jeans that didn't fit anyone, worn out jeans, stained jeans, maternity jeans, baby denim dresses, you name it, I chopped it into squares 6"x6". I couldn't really make the squares bigger because the girls are too skinny to wear jeans that have legs wide enough to cut larger than 6" across. Took me about a month to cut all the denim that we had that was worthy of going into a quilt (meaning it was not worthy to wear!).

Here is a 9-patch block laid out. Dark, light, dark, light, dark, light... and so it goes. Square #7 is where I will lay and "interesting" square in the block. Plenty of those!

So far I have four 9-patch blocks done. I am identifying them by the shade of the center square and as you can see I have one dark and three light. I will alternate the dark, light, dark, light so that the pattern is consistent. But, for today, I just laid out the blocks that I have done to show you, and it happens to be that I have one more light than dark so the pattern is a bit off in this layout. No worries, I won't sew them together like that! I am happy with almost all of my corners!

I have a king size red flannel bedsheet that I will use for the backing, and I will put jeans pockets in the bordering blocks. My husband has been asking me to make a denim jeans quilt for years; it isn't my favorite fabric and I've always thought a jeans quilt would be too bulky, boring and ugly. I'm happy to say, it's a fun project and I look forward to taking this quilt camping!

It's coming along! A big warm denim quilt for the hubby will soon be a reality! And since it will be made out of the family's old jeans, it will have some extra coziness to it!


Mmom said...

Can I put it in the Library display next year from mid-June to Mid-July and then again in the Labor Day Museum quilt display in Sept?

Wolfpak5 said...

Can't wait to see the finished project. I haven't done any crafty things yet. Will need to get started but probably after the holidays.

Kate said...

VERY cool! I had a boyfriend in college who had a denim quilt and it was really practical and manly--great for lying out in the grass. You know, reading. I didn't think it was too heavy. I can't wait to see your finished product!

Beverly said...

I have bags of old jeans in the garage waiting to be part of this project. When my girls are a little older... I love the idea of using a flannel sheet for the back. Please post updates as the project progresses!


Mom Taxi Julie said...

I started to do that once. I think I gave all the pieces I had cut to my mom though.