I have been wanting to use them for a long time; last week, I cut them into 6 inch blocks and sketched out a pattern on my graph paper. At 73 x 83, it is a nice size for a picnic or camping.
The color pattern was made possible by reversing the bricks to make a consistent light color. I like the juxtaposition of using old jeans for the quilt, but having a controlled color. The border is made from black jeans.
Here's what the right side of the bricks looked like on the back, it's pretty messy color-wise.
I quilted it with my trusty "Square Spiral" pattern by Karyn Emmerson.
It works really well on denim blocks.
I have a whole bolt of this navy with red and white stars, it is used for the binding also.
Once the binding strips are sewn together, I only handle my binding once before I put it on the quilt. The seams get pressed as I press the fold. It drops into a basket on the floor.
Then, this basket goes under my Bernina and the binding goes straight onto the back of the quilt.
I attach it to the back, join it and flip it to the front. Line up the fold exactly on the previous stitching line, move my needle one place to the right and top stitch the entire binding on the front. By moving the needle, you will get a perfect row of stitching on the back also.
If you are interested, a few years ago, I did a binding tutorial here.
Super fast, neat and tidy.
From this ironing board to this finished quilt took 58 minutes.
As you can see, I didn't make much of a dent in my denim pile...
...and these are all separated pant legs already broken down from the jeans!
Once I got all the orphan blocks quilted, I just had fun quilting.
These blocks were all done by a lady who is deceased. I was given them, along with her fabric stash several years ago. I used some of her blocks for a couple of wedding quilts for her granddaughter and grandson. You can see those quilts here and here.
Other than my thread, this entire quilt was made from her fabrics. The size, design and color were dictated by that factor.
These cute blue birds are made from the scrap of blue silk I found in her stash.
The clothesline is maroon. That was the darkest color I could find in her fabrics.
I had this single flour sack block with an appliqued tulip.
Hmm....it took me a few days to decide how to work it into the quilt.
It's appliqued to the very bottom of the quilt with a row of ghosted tulips.
While the most diverse and interesting blocks are hanging on the clothes line, the 4 blocks that were the most similar are inserted into the backing.
The floral backing has some blue so it looks quilt nice with front.
The binding is a piece of blue/white shirting.
Here you can see it all together with my sweet new satin labels.
First time I have used them.
How fun is that?
I made this to give to this lady's daughter as she recently lost her husband.
This completely uses up all the vintage blocks I have been given.
Just sewed up this little receiving blanket for my great, great nephew out in Colorado...
...how can I be old enough for that?
I love making these and have a supply of flannels just for this occasion.
I learned to sew across the finished blanket diagonally in each direction to help prevent the flannels wrinkling up after washing many times. I always prewash my fabrics, but still, flannel tends to stick to itself in weird ways when these blankets are used/washed many times.
These used to finish about 40x40, but flannel yardage is getting skimpier between the selvages, so instead of starting with a 44" square, I had to start with 42.5. Which finished at about 38.5.