This is a re-run post of a quilt I made a couple years ago for #4 Child. Now it's time to make a jeans quilt for #5 who is the last chick to fly the coop. I'm re-running the post as a refresher course for myself as I am doing the same quilt-as-you-go style with this next quilt. I'll be glad to show you the results when I get it done. I have a deadline of August 17th, the day before he flies to AZ, but it we'll see how it comes together.
Blue jeans quilt #4....
It is finished! My Fourth Born's jean quilt is done just in time for him to take it to college. He doesn't leave until end of August, but I'm glad he will be taking this with him. The jean quilts are a family tradition. Each child gets one when he or she leaves home, and each quilt is made up of the family's worn-out blue jeans that are trimmed up for quilts and other uses.
This quilt was fairly simple -- it's a four patch block that was sandwiched with a thin cotton batting and backed with a larger block of batik in gold, brown, or green. After the blocks were stitched-in-the-ditch, I did a "quilt-as-you-go" assembly method that involved sewing a row of blocks together so that the backing was at the top (think rag quilt). I then pressed the seams open on top, folded the back fabric over the denim, folded it under, and top stitched on the jean side of the quilt. By the time all the blocks were sewn together and top stitched, the quilt was completely done, except for the top stitching around the outer edges. This worked quite well since denim can get very heavy and unruly to sew.
My embroidered quilt label.
Here's the back of the quilt. It 's a coincidence that these are the school colors of the college that S. is attending. I never even thought about that when choosing them.... a mother's unconscious consciousness....or something.