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Thread: blue jean quilts for charity

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    thanks amma. i knew to wash the flannel, but didn't think to use a zig zag stitch. will be sure to do that as it sure makes sense. also use a 1/2 " seam allowance.

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    You are very welcome :D

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    FYI: Denim is a twill and by nature a bias weave. Also, denim quilts can be very heavy! Just a heads up for you. Good luck and of course we will want to see the pictures.

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    thank you for all your help. as this is still in the planning stage i may have bitten off more than i can chew. it is hard to get a commitment. i will first have to find out how many jeans we have before going foreward with this. however if i get enough, i will try to do it myself as i know it will make me feel good knowing someone will benefit from it (them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by siss
    thank you for all your help. as this is still in the planning stage i may have bitten off more than i can chew. it is hard to get a commitment. i will first have to find out how many jeans we have before going foreward with this. however if i get enough, i will try to do it myself as i know it will make me feel good knowing someone will benefit from it (them).
    If you can find a pair of electric shears, that may save your hands a bit when you go to cut the jeans apart.

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    I have also used a "stretch" straight stitch to sew denim seams--(goes 2 forward then one back). As to weight, the bigger the patches, the lighter the quilt as there are less seam allowances using a bigger patch--say 8-9 inch squares verses using 5 or 6 inches.
    Rag quilts sound great.
    Just finished a baby quilt for new grandbaby. Used 8 inch squares that I serged seams on. Think I had 36 squares (6 x 6). Utility stiched diagonally across each square, lightweight batting and flannel backing with bound edges. (Probably more work than what you want to do)
    Great project--they wear like iron--good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    I have also used a "stretch" straight stitch to sew denim seams--(goes 2 forward then one back). As to weight, the bigger the patches, the lighter the quilt as there are less seam allowances using a bigger patch--say 8-9 inch squares verses using 5 or 6 inches.
    Rag quilts sound great.
    Just finished a baby quilt for new grandbaby. Used 8 inch squares that I serged seams on. Think I had 36 squares (6 x 6). Utility stiched diagonally across each square, lightweight batting and flannel backing with bound edges. (Probably more work than what you want to do)
    Great project--they wear like iron--good luck
    I thought I've read 6-8 jeans per quilt--and of course the bigger the jean and wider the leg the more usable the denim. Just thinking--a series of random length strips--say 4-6 inches wide--sewn to the length you wanted for the quilt (60-72"?) Then sew those strips to the width you want. Those might be quick to cut and sew. Again good luck

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    prism99. santa gave me a pair for christmas last year, but never used them. i just don't think of them. you are so smart. thanks so much. i have arthritis in my hands so that will be very helpful. also one of the other ladies at work has a pair too, and she has never used them. i am going to make up a few samples so i will try them out. now only if i can remember where i put them. :?: :?: :oops: :oops:

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    sorry oksewglad i missed your post earlier when i did my post. very good suggestions. i will keep them all in mind when we finally get started. i think i will print this off as there are so many good ideas i can't remember them all.. thanks everyone :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

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    Just had a thought--scary isn't it! Anyway, if you go to the search icon at the top of the page and when the search dialog box comes up type in "blue jean" or "denim" you may find information on older posts. Just an idea for you.

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