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Thread: Advice needed: Jean Quilt or not..

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    It's not hard to make a denim rag quilt. The most time-consuming thing is the ragging after you have pieced it. I've made 4 of them and they are quite easy. Men seem to like them a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    Thanks for your comments.. I have the big rag die for the go so the 'raggie-ness' wont be an issue.. I guess Im just worried about the level of thickness and how difficult it is to sew thru.. I have a pfaff 7570 and its not wimpy but Ive never tackled a jean project before.. And if I do this hubby would be thrilled if I used his moms jeans.. he loves the jean quilts and if it was out of his moms jean it would be a double bonus.. I guess Im afraid to screw it up...
    I don't use a batting in them. Just the quilting cotton and the denim. I cut them in 6" or 8" squares. There is a really good video on HGTV/Simply Quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chartwig View Post
    My youngest son went through his jeans before he left for college and had 2 bags of jeans for GoodWill. I'm like....hmmmmm maybe I can make him a jean quilt for his birthday in November. That gave me a few months plus he really didn't need it until then. I believe I cut 6 inch squares for the jeans and only used flannel for the back. I broke a few needles but it was worth it. I even left the pockets in some of them to add fun to the quilt. I didn't put the X in the squares and it turned out just fine. It is super heavy, but he seams to really like it. The spring loaded scissors are a must for cutting the edges. I cut as I went along so it wasn't such a huge job to cut everything at the end. A mindless job while watching tv. Attached is a picture showing the front and the back! I also made a couple pillows because I had extra fabric left.

    I agree with the spring scissors.

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    Consider making a lap quilt. Small in size and yet ever so warm. I keep one in our truck because my dh is always hot and I get cold. It is awesome.
    I also agree with the other post, cut them up, get rid of the waste and just put aside for another day. This way you won't be sorry later.

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    Jeans make wonderful rag quilts however be sure and clean your machine often as they are very linty. I use washed flannel for the backing with no batting as the quilts are already so heavy and warm .

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    I've made 2 types of denim quilts. One was made from the widest strips I could cut from jeans without getting any worn places like the knees. Then I took a large square and sewed the strips around it, kind of log cabin style, sewing strips end-to-end to get length when needed. Use a jeans needle in your machine. I used a 1/2 inch seam, and I pressed it open instead of to 1 side to avoid too much thickness. I backed with flannel, and the batting was thin cotton/poly. Simple straight line quilting, and bound in flannel. This was about 45 x 45, a baby quilt for my niece. I would do one like this again, turned out to be very cozy and durable. If you look at my profile, I have a picture of it in my quilt album.

    The second one was a circle jeans quilt. I didn't really like the way that one turned out. It was okay, just not very cuddly, more stiff, a good "throw on the ground" blanket.

    I made sure to use regular cotton jeans, not the newer blends that have stretch.
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    My Denim Rag Quilt

    I made a denim rag quilt last fall for my queen sized bed. The backing was some animal print flannel that had been in my stash a long time. I used thin cotton batting between the square, Quilters Dream I think. I used a new denim needle to sew the block rows together. It is one heavy quilt. And I did "wrastle" it a lot to make it the size I did. I purchased the Fiskars rag quilt snips after I decided that using regular scissors to snip the seam allowances was not very efficient and hurt my hands after a while. I havn't taken it to the laundermat yet, all I do now is vacuum it to remove the lint and dog hair. Yes, the quilt is "dog proof". The first picture is the quilt on my bed before snipping the seam allowances. I had to kick the dog off the bed so I could take the picture. That is his head showing!

    I suggest that you make a least on denim rag quilt, perhaps a lap quilt to see if you want to make another.
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    Sweet Caroline

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    I love jeans quilt I get them at yardsales and made a few ragquilts and even a crazyquilt look great
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    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...gallbaros.html

    This one's on my bucket list. I love jean quilts, my daughter loves jean purses. Jeans make better throws than quilts because they can get heavy when they are big. Because they're so durable they're great for keeping in the car. Mom used to just cut 5" squares, sew them together, back them and tie them rather than trying to quilt them. If you sew the squares together in strips then offset the seams when sewing the strips together it's not quite as bulky.
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    I totally agree with Skittl1321 on the heaviness of a quilt. I made a denim rag quilt for my son when he was about 8 or so and it was really, really easy to make - almost no profanity. However, to this day he will not use it and he just turned 13 cause he said he feels like it will kill him at night from the weight. Some people might like that and it's very durable but really, really heavy.
    Michelle

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