Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Denim quilts

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2
    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.

  2. #2
    Junior Member N.J.linda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    New Jersey :)
    Posts
    134
    Those denim squares would be great for a raggy quilt, but be prepared it will be very heavy. Happy sewing :-)

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    6
    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

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    5
    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!

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2
    Thanks for the information...this will be the next one.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    28

    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.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    225
    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.

  8. #8
    Super Member Minda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Central PA
    Posts
    1,618
    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

  9. #9
    Super Member Knot Sew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    5,721
    you can find some good stuff back here. These are good for rag quilts

  10. #10
    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AZ/Utah border
    Posts
    2,390
    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.

  11. #11
    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AZ/Utah border
    Posts
    2,390
    Oops, forgot to attach the photo of the denim/flannel one I just made. Here we go, again. S.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  12. #12
    Super Member Knot Sew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    5,721
    thatd rea;lly nice........you did a good job :D

  13. #13
    Senior Member annmarie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Rhinelander, WI
    Posts
    874
    Interesting combination - denim & flannel. I like it!!!! :thumbup:

  14. #14
    Senior Member DebJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    TN originally now in MS
    Posts
    434
    I have a denim quilt my grandmother made and it is just denim squares front and back without batting (I know because it has a few holes now). I is heavy but sturdy or it wouldn't still be around this long. I was just trying to figure how old it is Dad is 85 and his mother made it, she died when I was 7 which has be awhile since I in my 5.... Wow that quilt is getting old, and it is in the trunk of the car! :shock:

  15. #15
    Super Member Celeste's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    N. Ca
    Posts
    4,509
    Blog Entries
    32
    That is a pretty quilt. I would not have thought to mix denim with anything like that! Do they have the same wear or would one give out way quicker than the other?

  16. #16
    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    AZ/Utah border
    Posts
    2,390
    I've mixed denim with flannel on several quilts. They make a soft cuddly quilt. The denim will last for approximately 17 centuries, so it will outlast anything. ha ha. But as long as you use good quality flannel, they wear about the same. Don't use that $1 stuff that walmart sells. I'm using one that I made in the mid 70's, and it's going strong! I keep it in our SUV for an unplanned nap now and then. S.

  17. #17
    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,722
    I just got done with a denim quilt using dark and light squares, low loft batting, and a flannel backing. The dark squares were pretty much all the same dark blue color and the light ones were of different tones of blue. For some reason its not as heavy as everyone said it was going to be...it was sure heavy when I was putting it together, but its almost as light as the flannel quilt I got with high loft batting (I think high loft batting).

  18. #18
    Junior Member dkbeck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    new hampton, ia
    Posts
    179
    i also inheirited denim squares and cotton squares. i mix and matched made half square triangles and different angles with both materials.

  19. #19
    Super Member DA Mayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Stacyville Iowa
    Posts
    1,636
    Even denim can wear out. My mom made the oldest grandsons quilts from denim one christmas. When they graduated the quilts were pretty much in pieces because they went everywhere with the boys. They all loved them. She made squares pieced randomly on the top and had a handkerchief backing. She since has made new ones for the ones who requested them and gave her jeans. Those she mixed with cotten, left some pockets on and if they were a namebrand jean she added that label. They are pretty awesome.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.