Earlier this year, a fellow maker, Nicole, gave me 3 gigantic garbage bags full of old jeans. She's into up-cycling old sweaters into new lovely garments. Her sewing room needed more space to store sweaters so... I got a load of jeans. You can find her work at the Sequim Farmers Market on Saturdays (Out On A Whim).
My sister and sister in-law have been making quilts from recycled denim for a long time and I always wanted to give it a try. First I washed all the jeans and then it took four afternoons to cut them apart. This is after I had given a bag to my sister. They are separated now into light, med, dark and gray/black colors. Hard to believe what I started with is going to fit in one large bin after cutting (separate box for pockets). Below is my first project attempt.
The Lady of the Lake block has been on my mind lately so I decided to try it out on a small runner. It's fun using different shades of denim. Batting is the thinnest available pellon fleece. Indigo batik was used for backing and binding. It was also interesting to try quilting this on the longarm. The seams are really bulky as you would expect, but it works. Intrigued enough now to try a small quilt using this block but I think I'll use a piece of flannel as batting or possibly just back it with flannel. Denim quilts can get pretty heavy.
Here are some of my sister's denim quilts. Really fun stuff. She quilts runners on her machine and ties most of the quilts.
I didn't want to stop by and go away without letting you know how brilliant and beautiful these designs are! :D I've seen a lot of quilts and other items made from old jeans before, but nothing as gorgeous as these. You've done a splendid job! I hope you don't mind, I pinned your designs to remind myself to make something like these out of old jeans myself. ;) I actually have a denim addiction and have some material lying around, so I'll have to have some fun with my fabric soon! Thanks so much for sharing, your blog is great!
Thanks so much Rachel. I will let my sister know since most of these denim quilts are hers. My first attempt with denim is the lady of the lake. My big sis makes all kinds of things, is a master hand quilter and weaves gorgeous pine needle and rafia baskets. Sometime I'll have to post some basket pictures. I would love to see what you make with your denim. Email a picture or tag me on instagram robinnelson9304. Have fun!
6/29/2018 04:24:26 pm
Hi could you please post the pattern for the runner you made?
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