Thursday, 17 July 2014

A Start... and a Finish!

A while ago, my sister hinted that if I ever wanted to make her a quilt, she would like a denim picnic quilt, similar to one I made for myself several years ago. 

This quilt lives in my car and has been to many beaches, soccer fields, playgrounds, not to mention our front yard for impromptu picnics.

When my sister started sending me her old jeans, and even her beloved worn-out Hard Rock Café jean jacket, I knew the picnic quilt wasn't a mere suggestion.

We live in different provinces and don't see each other often, but this past week, I had a chance to see her when I made a quick trip at my mom's where she was also spending some time.  It was the perfect chance to get the quilt to her.  Only problem was, it wasn't finished.  Or, for that matter, started. 

In fact, I showed up at my mom's last Saturday with a bin full of remnants from my own denim quilt and a basket with my sister's old jeans.

We had lots of plans for those few days - the quilt wasn't even a priority - and I did not even take these out of my car until Sunday night.  Did I mention I was leaving Thursday morning? 

There was a lot of work to do!  But with a little help from my mom, by Wednesday afternoon, I had this:

Thank goodness I took the pictures before fixing the binding (a story for another day).  Right after the photo shoot, we had a downpour, and it did not stop raining until that night.

This is definitely a quilt to be used - not that the others aren't - and I hope it gets its fair share of sand, dirt, spilled juice (or wine), and a few mustard stains!

I have learned a few things making denim quilts.  Anyone interested in a tutorial?

Linking up to TGIFF hosted by Izzy at Dizzy Quilt and Finish Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts (Amanda was also sewing for her sister this week).


  1. Uhmmm yes please, have a tub of denim waiting on me! Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks

  2. Yes, please!! It looks great.

  3. Such a fun quilt! I love the use of the pockets. And all the different shades of jeans used. You guys work fast! I would love to see a tutuorial.... Yes, please!

  4. It seems that "hints" for quilts are always made with the preferred colour choices. I've received several of them lately. Your sister was smart enough to start sending you the denim. I absolutely love what you did with all those scraps. The quilt is outstanding.

  5. I have some denim I've been saving and would take your tips to heart - this is a great finish! I also have two sister's who could probably help me collect some interesting pockets:-)

  6. I love that! Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing at TGIFF.

  7. I just love these quilts, fabulous!

  8. Love the quilt, Dom, especially the Hard Rock logo and the striped binding -- perfect pops of colour!

  9. This is great! I have been saving jeans for years and one day I'll get to making my own Jeans Quilt.


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