Sometime over the summer, I was looking at the stack of ruined jeans that had accumulated in my sewing stash. I'm not sure exactly why I was keeping them or what I was going to do with them, once the space provided had been used up, but there they were, taking up space. I am not a huge fan of jean quilts. The weight of a jean quilt is top heavy and not very warm, rendering the quilt to the back of the closet until the dead middle of winter. However, jean quilts are a quilting/blanket making benchmark and who am I to judge the decades of jean quilt making. The following quilt is my take on this timeless endeavor of cutting up one's own pants and giving them new life.
I clearly didn't go down the standard patchwork squares route. I have see too much of that. Also, if I had decided to go down that route, I would have had to wait a really long time to make this quilt, as I would have needed twice as many pairs of pants. This quilt is built on half square triangles, sewn together to give the overall effect of a diamond or zig-zag look. Most of the coordinating fabric is from my vintage or up-cycled stash, with just a few contemporary pieces placed throughout.
Jeep was my photo assistant. Because I used a combination of cotton and jean fabric, the quilt isn't as heavy as a traditional jean quilt. This will give it more user friendly access and if I put flannel on the back, that should help it with the staying warm issue.
(The backlight view is kinda pretty, isn't it?) The quilt came together nicely and now I am trying to decide how to quilt it. Tie it? Hand quilt using thick thread and big stitches or have it machine quilted? Any suggestions? The jean fabric can be a beast to work with, but I don't really like the tie look. Plus, I want the quilt to be durable and washable, so I will probably have it machine quilted at my local quilt shop.
This quilt is title #1, because I have set a goal to get six quilts made before the New Year. So we will see how it all goes!