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Thread: Denim quilts

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    I am a new quilter. I was recently given several boxes of pre cut squares of old jeans fabric. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to use this bounty? I would appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks.

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    Junior Member N.J.linda's Avatar
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    Those denim squares would be great for a raggy quilt, but be prepared it will be very heavy. Happy sewing :-)

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    Hi, I'm new to this but seen your email. I've made some quilts out of old jeans and I just did the rag quilt method with flannel for the back. Grandkids just love them. Judy

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    I made my denim quilt before I even knew what rag quilts were. I pieced the top from denim, used batting, and chose a bright berry fabric for the backing. My family uses it as a picnic quilt, it is a favorite. The quilt is very sturdy, and grass falls right off easily when packing up. Be sure to use a backing that won't show dirt! The only downer is that the bulk required that it be a tied quilt, which I am not fond of. Sometimes when the kids are sick in the winter they want to cuddle with the picnic blanket!!!

    Hope that helps!

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    Thanks for the information...this will be the next one.

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    I made a denim quilt using squares. Sew with wrong sides together, about 1/2"...then cut slits (on the right side) to make them fray when washed. I wash them about two times, but be prepared for lots of raveling. No backing was used.

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    I made a rag quilt out of old blue jeans, I even used the pockets, I placed the pocket sq's at each corner of the guilt, and one pocket in the center of the quilt, I used red flannel for the backing of the quilt, and i used the red flannel as well to patch the holes in the jeans, So i could use the hollie part of the jeans as well, I used 1/4 " batting, I anchored each sq, before joinging, So there was no need to tie the quilt, It turned out very well and ragged up beauitfully after 2 washins, You could get creative with these by adding patches of the persons interest, to either the pockets or any place else that suits your fancy.

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    Super Member Minda's Avatar
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    My daughter just finished a rag quilt out of denim squares and it looks great. Here are some sites that offer free instructions.

    http://jubileehomespun.com/info/Quilt_Instructions.htm
    http://www.flynnquilt.com/freepattern.html
    http://quilting.about.com/od/quiltpatternsprojects/ss/rag_quilt.htm

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    you can find some good stuff back here. These are good for rag quilts

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    I did one demin/flannel rag quilt, and that was enough for me. I use old denim jeans in quilts, almost any pattern will do, as long as there are not areas where several seams come together (like a star). I agree that flannel on the back makes them pick up dirt and grass when used out of doors. But I like using flannel within a quilt. Here is one that I made recently, but don't have it quilted yet. I use a "crowsfoot stitch". I'll post something on it later. Anyway, I am making all my kids a picnic quilt, and here is one for my daughter. I used lots of flannel scraps that she had as sleep shorts as a teenager (like Taz and Bugs Bunny on plaid). S.

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