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Thread: Denim quilt question

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    Denim quilt question

    I am going to make a quilt out of our old jeans using that circle template that looks a bit like the cathedral window. Do you think a light batting would be toooooo much? I live in Minnesota so warm quilts are a good thing.

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    i live in PA and i'm putting a piece of batting under the fabric/between the denim. so i guess it's NO, you can never be too warm, can you?
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    I made one from old jeans and plaids. I backed it with flannel and I used a light batting. It was so heavy I had to tie it rather than quilt it. It is a favorite of my dgs and has been for about 10 years. It is heavy and WARM...he adores it. It was so much fun to make and it is now so much fun to see how much loved it is!
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    Yes, just beware that they are quite heavy so keep your size as minimal as possible.
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    If it is going to be big and you are adding batt, I would sew it in quarters and connect the quarters as the last step. Denim is HEAVY and can really strain your shoulders if done in one piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If it is going to be big and you are adding batt, I would sew it in quarters and connect the quarters as the last step. Denim is HEAVY and can really strain your shoulders if done in one piece.
    Not to mention your washing machine and dryer... I would take it to a washateria to save your machines....

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    I put batting squares in mine. One of our favorite. Heavy, take camping quilts. I didn't tie mine, since each block is quilted as you go there is no need, when the construction is finished the quilt is finished.
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    I made a large twin for the hubby's bed with a flannel backing and no batting. It is very heavy, but still warm. He loves it and it gets washed in the machine quite regularly....he is a slob, LOL.

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    I made DS a rag quilt made of old jeans on the front and plaid flannel on the back. It was very heavy. I did not put anything in the middle.
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    I have made 2 of these and I really like them. I did not put batting in mine. These are heavy quilts, but some batting weighs next to nothing. My concern would be sewing and dealing with the bulk that batting would add - that would depend on the size you are making. I struggled a lot with mine....The batting might make the quilt a little more cuddly than without the batting

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    I found the denim layer alone was very heavy. Have you considered adding a layer of preshrunk flannel instead of batting?
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    I made a denim rag quilt with flannel in the middle and on the back, heavy and as warm as toast. Am currently cutting out circles to make the same one as you....will probably use flannel or thin batting offcuts in that also.

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    I did this pattern with a friend as her first quilt. http://apassionatequilter.blogspot.c...al-part-i.html Here are pics of the process: http://imgur.com/a/wVtZL no batting, just fabric and jeans, she says it's plenty heavy and warm. I've thought about doing one myself, I'd totally using flannel for the square part. Squares in this one were a charm pack, we drew 7.25 inch circles onto jeans with ink pens on the wrong side and cut them out, using a fiskars circle template I had in my paper crafting stash.

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    I put a flannel sheet instead of batting since my backing was quite thin. It was a challenge to quilt, but I thought it was because it was my first quilt and my fibro. From reading the comments here, maybe it is a common problem. I live in Canada, so the heavy quilts are wonderful.

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    I've made them with and without batting.

    If you finish a row or a 9-patch section at a time, it's easier to work with. Then add the sections one at a time, so you only have a small section in your machine at a time. It's easier to do this method with octagons, squares or rectangles than it is with circles.

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    LOL Here is to slob husbands!
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    Maybe you can never be too warm, but you sure can have a quilt that is too heavy , way too heavy. I made the Circle square, the square being the contrasting fabric in the middle, (I used a red bandana fabric) and it is way heavy with just those two fabrics.
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    I am making a similar quilt (very slooowly, lol) and I'm using fleece for the colored squares. I figure with denim plus fleece there will be zero need for batting for any weather I'm likely to encounter here in California!

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    The denim quilt I made this past winter I used a nice polar fleece(no batting) using the birthing method, with ties at every corner and blind stitched the opening. I was very satisfied with the finished product, satisfied enough-- the next one is mine.
    It was not too heavy, yet had a cuddly feel. One of these days I will learn to post pics.
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    I made one for my grand-daughter w/o batting, flannel back. She complained that it was too heavy, so, her mother covered the headboard with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpie2 View Post
    I am going to make a quilt out of our old jeans using that circle template that looks a bit like the cathedral window. Do you think a light batting would be toooooo much? I live in Minnesota so warm quilts are a good thing.
    FYI- If anyone wants to do this quilt, and needs more help, you can find tutorials under faux cathedral window AND it is also called a Tortilla quilt. Hope this helps someone....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpie2 View Post
    I am going to make a quilt out of our old jeans using that circle template that looks a bit like the cathedral window. Do you think a light batting would be toooooo much? I live in Minnesota so warm quilts are a good thing.
    I made a faux cathedral window for my grandson. I used denim for the circles and cotton for the squares. Flannel was my "batting" behind the square if you want it. Quite heavy without.
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    I made mine to fit a queen size bed and I used a thin cotton batting - it is very heavy but I know it will keep us warm ... I used my Singer 301 to piece and quilt it ....
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    I've made 3 to use as stadium quilts. I use batting along with a square of fabric. The grandkids love them!

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    I made one with no batting and it is heavy enough...

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