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Denim Quilts - The One and Only

Well I got the great idea of making a denim quilt. It's for a guy and seemed perfect at the time the idea came to my mind. I did the top with some purchased denim and the bulk of it was made of old jeans. The top was finished and a good backing for the guy was selected. When I went to pin the sandwich together I started running in to problems. The bent safety pins I use just had a hard time going threw the layers...oh no! Would this be hard to quilt? YES! After I bent/broke a needle I changed over to a denim needle and things went smoother, but I was still having problems. I got it almost quilted yesterday, but did have a little time out of un-sewing some of the quilting. So after picking out the boo boos I determined to set it aside till today. I'll finish the quilting today and trim down to square edges. I've not made my binding yet but that will be a breeze compared to the quilting. Hopefully this quilt will be completed by tomorrow at the latest. It's a cool quilt, but I'm for sure not going to do this again. The thickness of the seams in the top were a drag when quilting. There is one last thing to do after all the binding is completed. I plan to use Shiva paint sticks to put one of the designs from the back fabric on the denim side. Looking forward to playing with that. I should have a photo by Tuesday I hope.

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Gene Black said…
Royce, Most people I have seen do a denim quilt don't quilt it. I can't imagine the weight and difficulties that could cause.
What I have seen is denim just backed with flannel and sewn together enough so it doesn't shift too much - generally straight line "quilting" about 8 inches apart.
Can't wait to see your take on a denim quilt.
a great way to recycle old jeans. can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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