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    This took me almost a year to make since I took the old denims apart. There is no backing or batting to it...just the denims and scrap fabric. It is large enough that it completely covers my old style queen size water bed and still hangs over the edges. The center squares are the pockets of levis :D
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    well that did not work out at all... :( :twisted: Only the top bit can be seen :oops: Oh well... Guess try again maybe :( sorry about it being upside down :(
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    Well, you have my curiousity up....can you post a full picture of it? It looks stunning. Is this the one you spoke of on Eddie's PDA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esqmommy
    Well, you have my curiousity up....can you post a full picture of it? It looks stunning. Is this the one you spoke of on Eddie's PDA?
    Yes it is. And thank you. Finally got the pic to work :D Doing the happy dance now :D

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    That is one awesome quilt! Love the accent of the center squares with the inside of the Levi pockets.

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    Oh, my! What a wonderful quilt! It's worthy of the blue ribbon!

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    A denim cathedral window! How cool is that???

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    Great job! Love the centers!

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    Terrific! I have been saving jeans to do one of these. Was it hard to do? Any advice for some one just starting out? How did you get the ragged edges? Did you clip to your seam line or just let it unravel naturally? Thanks for any input you can give me!

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    That is a neat quilt and must keep you warm. Only a year??? Would take me forever!!!!

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    You get a gold star for innovation...that is really pretty! I just love tradition with a twist.

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    GREAT JOB!!!

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    Wow! You did a great job and thanks for recycling denim!

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    Goodness. What ambition and success!

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    Thank you everyone for all the compliments :D Yep only a year. LOL But taking out all the seams was a killer. :thumbdown: The only reason I did that was to give a different look where it wasn't faded yet. But I figured what a good way to "go green" and recycle a little bit. :D

    It was ragged naturally when washed. I used a zig zag stitch and let it do its own thing. Yes...it is very heavy and hard to work with once it got so large. Lots of late nights with it rolled and folded and help from DH :thumbup: (I think he just wanted it off the kitchen table :thumbup: )

    It's not a real cathedral window...it is circles sewn to look like a CW type quilt...no batting although you could put some under the squares of cotton fabric if you like. It would just make the quilt that much heavier.

    My son fell in love with it while I was making it so I told him to wait and see what I felt like doing with it. ( I gave it to him for Christmas and he uses it on his bed and says he doesn't really need any other blankets since it is so heavy and warm. )

    Some ladies at work liked it well enough that I was asked (and did) teach them how to make lap sized for donations to homeless and nursing homes. It was scary :shock: but sort of fun doing that. :D Felt good to be helping someone help others who need that. :D

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    you did a great job

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    What I have seen looks wonderful.

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    Can you teach us also? I do several demin rag quilts, but would like to know alittle more about your technique on this one.

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    My hats off to you on this one, great job.

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    Wow!! That looks beautiful. I bet it is a heavy quilt!!

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    great job and that is on my to do list already..just have to collect jeans!

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    Looks great!

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    Wow that is lovely and so special.

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    I actually got it from the web...will see if I can find the link and post it here :D

    http://www.equilters.com/library/jea...gallbaros.html

    Hope that this helps. I used 6 inch circles and roughly 4 inch squares....no batting or backing. It does take lots of thread tho. You can use a different color of thread in the bobbin if you like as it creates a nice design on the back of the quilt. :D I recently made a couple of grocery totes out of denim and scraps that I used a shade of blue similar to the denim and red and purple on the plain back for the bobbin. Hope that this makes sense? (probably clear as mud :( )

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    My quilt has 400 six inch circles in it and for the totes I used 36 six inch circles. I cut 24 inch strips of denim to make the handles. My DS and his g/f love the heaviness of the denim for the grocery totes. Hold up way better than plastic and easily washable. :D I also made 2 of the totes for a friends cancer benefit auction that each brought $20. :D

    You will want to use a heavy duty needle in the machine tho as the denim is hard on them. :thumbdown:

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