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!

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 26 to 50 of 84

Thread: the next time I want to do a quilt using denim... slap me

  1. #26
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    29,676
    Denim is a challenge for sure. I try to stagger my seams so the you don't have the bulk of seams meeting, like in a brick pattern. The one where you leave the seams exposed and let them fray is a good one too. I made a couple of them years ago and that was more than enough!

  2. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Brookville, pa
    Posts
    9
    I use a jean needle and a walking foot too. the Janome that I got 2 years ago really helps. I am always looking for jeans, no stretch though.

  3. #28
    Senior Member sept97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    560
    I've posted a picture of my denim quilt, it was just squares and I think it came out great. It would fit a queen size bed easily and I love the fact that I didn't cost me anything except for the backing because I cut up old jeans. Not sure if you can still see it, let me know and if you're interested I'll repost it

  4. #29
    Super Member mcdaniel023's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    3,578
    Blog Entries
    3
    Oh no, not good. I was at the thrift store and found 5 yards of denim for $3.00. Yep, I bought it.

  5. #30
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    640
    I just gave two rows of denim squares, plus a half a trash bag of cut squares, plus six trimmed pairs of jeans to the Ladies of Charity. Someone else can do it.

  6. #31
    Super Member piepatch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    2,929
    I have not made a denim quilt, but I just made some denim pot holders with a double binding, and it was stressful to say the least to get that binding folded over to the back to be stitched down.

  7. #32
    Super Member Caroline S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sierra Vista, AZ
    Posts
    3,972
    Yep, I know what you are feeling. I am in the middle of making a denim rag quilt, queen size no less and hopefully dog proof. It is becoming a test of endurance because it is becoming very heavy. But I did buy some fabric snips to cut the seam allowances. Sure makes that process easier.

    Fabric snips
    Name:  Attachment-271465.jpe
Views: 12
Size:  23.7 KB

  8. #33
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    421
    I made a denim rag quilt for my grandson and had no problems. I backed it with a homespun fabric. Clipped the seams and washed and frayed. It is one of my favorite quilts. It was heavy and bulky to work with.

  9. #34
    Senior Member lenette's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan
    Posts
    504
    Have you ever seen Margaret Islander sew two different lengths of fabric together and have them come out equal? I don't know if that's on UTube anywhere, but if it is, you should watch it. It shows you how to be in control of the fabrics, not have them control you. Also, with some fabrics, you want to lighten up on the presser foot to keep it from stretching your fabric.

  10. #35
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    161
    darn, and here i was thinking i wanted to try one. . .guess not, lol.

  11. #36
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    282
    I made a denim quilt several years ago. It had a few pieces
    of jeans, but I had made previously a number of dresses out
    of regular denim weight fabric. Each piece had a different
    look, but even had a few pieces of striped coveralls in there. It turned out fine. When it went in our guild's quilt show, they had a lady from out of town judging and
    she could not believe I had hand quilted it, with regular
    fabric backing and batting. I did it, but it wasn't easy!!

  12. #37
    Senior Member sept97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    560
    I made it up as I went along and I honestly had no problem except working with denim is kind of messy. I actually had fun
    Attached Images Attached Images

  13. #38
    Senior Member scaroca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    fremont nebraska
    Posts
    393
    when I made my denim quilts I did six in blocks and off set the next row so I would not have that bulky seam. It work for me and my girls love theirs. I did a batt and a fabric of their choice on the back side

  14. #39
    Senior Member scaroca's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    fremont nebraska
    Posts
    393
    sept97
    Love your jean quilt. that is so beautiful.

  15. #40
    Super Member raedar63's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    4,045
    I have made a cuple denim quilts, just small ones. I since have been saving them to make rugs, Old jeans make the BEST rugs!

  16. #41
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Lebanon Missouri
    Posts
    2,668
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by barri1
    I can relate to being out of mind making denim quilts... I just finished two.. Wonky is the word tp describe them.. Not again!!!!
    Barri
    denim has a mind of its own,its easier to let it have its way.. Barri tell me your furbaby isn't using a cigerette holder like some hunky Frenchmen

    :-)

  17. #42
    Super Member weezie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Douglas County, GA
    Posts
    1,717
    I cut 8-1/2" squares this past winter out of an old jeans stash and, alternating squares with a colorful brushed denim-like fabric that I'd had for years, I had exactly enough of both types of fabric to make a lap-sized rag quilt for DH. At the time, he was having and then recovering from open heart surgery & subsequent complications. It's absolutely amazing to me that I had exactly enough of both denim (in a variety of weights & shades of blue) and the colorful mystery fabric to make the quilt; if I had needed even one more square of either fabric, I would have been in trouble. We are a family of 5 and there is denim in that quilt from jeans worn by each of us over the last 30 years. For a variety of reasons, I'm pleased with the quilt, but have no desire to ever sew any more denim.

  18. #43
    Senior Member lenette's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Lansing, Michigan
    Posts
    504
    Sept97, Your denim quilt is WOW!

  19. #44
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    112
    I have made over 100 Denim QUilts for Operation Quiet Comfort for our Wounded Warriors. The right needle, tension and some patience and it works out fine.

    Use fleece for the backing- warm without much weight.

    Anyone have 100% COTTON BLUE JEANS they don't want? Contact me. I'll take them.

    Susan
    NJ

  20. #45
    Senior Member collady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Batesville, Arkansas
    Posts
    853
    I have a rag quilt cut from denim and flannel in a box in my sewing room. I should say blocks for a rag quilt. I can't seem to get the urge to put it together. It is just too heavy to be comfortable moving through the machine. I guess my DGS will be a senior in high school before he gets it!

  21. #46

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    St. Petersburg, Florida
    Posts
    34
    Denim is so hard, I did a rag rug in denim and it worked, but very, very heavy. I would not use denim in a quilt again. Mine was a long lap quilt.

  22. #47
    Super Member Lucy90's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    1,914
    I want to make a denim quilt and have sewed with denim for other things and don't find it that difficult.

  23. #48
    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    La Pine Oregon, USA
    Posts
    5,911
    I hear you and I agree with you!

  24. #49
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Northwest Texas
    Posts
    441
    Blog Entries
    10
    I made a king size denim and bandana fabric quilt for my son. Had to do it in halves and quilt it one half at the time because of the weight and then put the two halves together. It was exactly what he wanted but never again.
    The weight was what bothered me the most. I didn't think putting it together was any different than a regular quilt, but I did use 1/2 inch seams and press open because the denim ravels so badly.

  25. #50
    Super Member M.I.Late's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Spring, Texas
    Posts
    2,357
    Anyone working with denim to make quilts - I would love to have the pockets. Just the pockets if anyone has some laying around. Will trade for Pay-Pal cash, Fabric or Easy Core Storage Boards.

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1 2 3 ... LastLast

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.