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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My favorite quilt

This denim quilt was my very first large scale recycling project.

I carry it in my van for picnics, beach days, a stop at the park or one of those dreaded winter emergencies. After the latest trip to the beach I hung it on the deck rail to dry. I was taken aback by how many memories this quilt holds for me. I love how it has frayed over time. Maybe others would think of this as a flaw but to me, it shows it has been throughly loved.

I made it when my first born was an infant. Oh, to have that much time on my hands again! I wanted to make something that he could lay and play on, that would be durable, washable, textural and colorful.

I had a ton of jeans that were never going to fit again plus my hubby's worn out ones to cut into circles. I used a plate to trace each and every circle by hand then carefully trim with scissors.

The colorful squares (trust me there are squares under there) were from a stash of fabric I had gotten as a teen when my "grandma" across the street moved from her home to her daughters in CA. She knew I loved sewing and crafting more than her own granddaughter.

My mom had somehow collected tons of small spools of thread in various colors, not sure why since she didn't sew but did own a machine. Maybe just wishful thinking on her part. Anyway, I figured that I could make the quilt even more colorful by using different spools of thread throughout the quilt. Generally the bobbin thread and the spool didn't match as I sewed.

If you're curious how I made it check out this tutorial. I think I got my instructions from a magazine but the tutorial has excellent instructions.

2 comments:

Carol VR said...

I'm with you, the fraying gives it character.

Dianne said...

Halle-
quite a challenging project! turned out great...don't know if I'd be able to put it down on the ground for a picnic after all that work! your kids will remember it and enjoy it for years to come. thanks for sharing.
Dianne

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