Tuesday, 4 January 2011
The size of the blocks for your your denim quilt is limited by the size of the jeans that you are cutting up. I found that I could get much larger strips from the boys' left over jeans than I could from my daughter's jeans. I settled for 4.1/2" blocks so that I could use several different sizes of jeans to give some variety in the colour of my denim quilt.
With right sides together and using a 1/4" seam, sew two squares together and then sew the resulting strip to an 8.1/2" strip. This creates the basic 8" quilt block. For this denim quilt I used 5 rows of 4 denim quilt blocks (25 quilt blocks in all). I used a pocket for one of the blocks, so I made 24 quilt blocks as shown.
I was worried by the thought of very bulky seams, so I pressed the seams open. That's also the reason that I put sashing between the quilt blocks of the denim quilt.
When I had 25 blocks, I laid them out and moved them round a bit so that the different colours were distributed fairly evenly. The sashing is made from strips 1.1/2" wide by 8" long. You will need 20 of these to sew between the denim quilt blocks.
Do the same with the next five blocks to make the second row. I usually put the pocket block in the middle of the third row. Keep going until you have five rows of denim quilt blocks.
In order to join the rows together you will need sashing the length of each row - about 44". This is just longer than one strip across the width of the fabric so you will need to join two pieces of 1.1/2" strip and you will need six strips to join all the rows and have a strip at the top and bottom of the denim quilt top.
Measure the length of the denim quilt top - it should be about 46.1/2". Cut two lengths of sashing and add down each side. That's the denim quilt top complete.
For this denim quilt I decided to bring the backing forward for binding, so I cut the backing fabric about 2.1/2" wider than the denim quilt top all the way round. So if your quilt top measures 46.1/2" square, you will need to cut the backing 51.1/2" square. The wadding only needs to be slightly larger than the quilt top to allow for any shrinkage when quilting.
I quilted about 1/4" away from the seam. Do remember to check your tension - these layers are probably thicker than you normally sew and your tension may need adjusting. Trim the wadding to the quilt top and trim the backing to about 2" beyond the quilt top.
You now have an attractive, durable denim quilt and you have also recycled several pairs of jeans.
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