Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to make a quilt from your jeans and denim skirts

Denim quilt made using nine patch option

After making these two denim quilts from old jeans and flannels that I have saved for years, I still have denim left!
Denim quilt made using four patch option

You can read more about these denim and flannel quilts at my How to Recycle Your Old Jeans to Make a Denim Picnic Blanket post.

I have a downloadable pattern available at Double Nickel Quilts or Craftsy.

The backs of the quilts are all denim-

I had several denim skirts and dresses and really didn't want to cut all that fabric into small squares so I came up with this idea! The front of each block is made from a four patch of denim squares

 and the back of the block is made from one large square.

This is a close-up of the front.

I did not add batting but you could. The quilt is very heavy without it. I made it to be a utilitarian quilt that can thrown on the ground. The raw edges ravel after washing. How much depends on the denim.

Here's how I made my quilt-

1. Cut 6" squares from jeans and 12 1/2" squares from denim skirts.

2. Sewed four 6" squares together to make four patch blocks. Ironed the seams open to make
    them lay flatter.

3. Centered four patch blocks on 12 1/2" denim squares, wrong sides together and sewed across
    blocks diagonally to secure the layers. I used orange thread just for the fun of it!

4. Sewed the blocks together with a 1/2" seam. Pressed the seam flat and stitched close to the edge to
    cover the edge of the four patch.
    I did not sew my blocks together in rows. I never do! I sewed it together in four sections. Since my
    quilt is 7 blocks across and 7 blocks down, all four sections were different sizes.
    For example, if your quilt is 6 blocks across and 6 blocks down, you would make 4 nine patch  
    blocks for your four sections.

5. Turned down the outside edges of the quilt to the front of the quilt (1/2") and stitched next to the
     raw edge.

I still have denim left! Maybe I can figure out another way to use it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Recycle Your Old Jeans to Make a Denim Picnic Blanket

I have a ton of old jeans I have been saving to make a denim quilt. I made one denim and flannel quilt for my daughter years ago using the rag quilt method where you clip all the seams. I decided I never wanted to do that again! The clipping is very tedious and hard on your hands.
denim and flannel rag quilt

So, I came up with the idea to just sew the seam flat instead of clipping it. The seam encases whatever fabric you put on the front of the quilt. I have piles of flannel plaids from old pajama pants and flannel shirts and scraps from other quilts so I decided to use them with my denim to create my picnic quilt.

quilt front-nine patch method
The combination of denim and flannel makes a very sturdy quilt perfect for throwing on the ground for a picnic or fireworks or other outdoor activity and it washes up easily.

I did not add batting but you certainly could. It's a very heavy quilt without batting and for what I intend to use my denim quilts for, I didn't feel I wanted any. The lack of batting means it's a blanket and not a quilt but I still think of it as a quilt!

quilt back-nine patch method

I constructed my quilt in four sections. That way you only have one long seam to sew as opposed to sewing many long rows.

I created two different ways to construct the four sections depending on how large you want your quilt to be- the Four Patch method and the Nine Patch method.

The size of your jeans and the number of pairs you have determines the size of your quilt. The Four Patch uses 64 squares and the Nine Patch quilt uses 144 squares of denim.

quilt front-four patch method

Linda of L&R Designs Quilting made her denim and flannel quilt using the four patch method. Check out her blog post about the quilt here.

quilt back-four patch method

Here is a close-up of the front of the quilt showing the raw edge seams of the denim. The flannel is secure under the edge of the denim.

Any fabric can be used on the front of your quilt. I'm making one with denim on the front also!

I have created a downloadable pattern that can be purchased at Double Nickel Quilts or Craftsy. Since there are so many sizes and styles of jeans, two methods for making this blanket are included in this pattern and two charts to guide you in choosing what size quilt you can make based on what size squares you can cut from your jeans.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013

I finished my latest scrappy quilt just in time for Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  If not for the deadline, it would probably still not have binding!

I wanted to decrease my fat quarter stash so decided to make another quilt using the Spring Fever quilt pattern by Buggy Barn. It takes 30 fat quarters. One might assume that using 30 fat quarters would make a dent in my stash. Right?  Well, the dent is hard to see!  I used fabrics that I thought would give my quilt a vintage look and I must have succeeded because my grandson told me that it looked a "little old fashioned".

This is the second quilt I've made using this pattern.  The first one was black and white only.  Very different quilts but I like them both.  Be sure to visit Amy's Creative Side to see all the quilts in the Festival!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

To and Fro quilt pattern

Looking for a new idea for a baby or toddler quilt?  My To and Fro quilt is finally available as a downloadable pattern!

To and Fro quilt

Have a couple of charm packs that you've been wondering what to do with? This may be just the right project for them. You need 77 charm squares (5") and some 1 1/2" wide strips to make this 37"x49" quilt.

This is also a fun quilt to make when wanting to use up a bunch of scraps.  It's like getting a quilt for free when you use fabric left over from other projects, right?  Read the first post about this quilt here.

You can download To and Fro right now at Double Nickel Quilts or Craftsy or PatternSpot.  Be sure to check out some of the other downloadable patterns also available if you're not familiar with these sites or haven't visited them in awhile.  There's more than just quilt patterns available and lots of  FREE patterns too.

Friday, March 29, 2013

BlockBase Sew Along quilt block #1249 New Star

Blockbase Sew Along
This is the last block in the BlockBase Sew Along by Electric Quilt. We got to choose our own block!  Be sure you check out all the different quilt blocks this week.  I can't wait to see what other people came up with!

BlockBase #1249 New Star

I chose block #1249 because I hadn't seen it before and I think it works very well with the rest of the blocks.  It was a simple one to paper piece.  It has just four identical sections.  I've been working on a layout for a quilt using the blocks from the Sew Along but that's for another day.

Note-After seeing Jenny's idea for the layout, I think she must have been reading my mind!