Denim Jeans Quilts

Hi!
In sorting out the closets and nooks and crannies, I've learned
that I have stock piled quite a few old jeans 'to make a jeans
quilt when I get a round tuit.' So, it is time to get started on
this ... those jeans take up way too much room. I started cutting
some squares. I got a whole bunch of 6" squares, some 9.5", and
some 8.5" Now I wonder what is the most useful size for jeans
quilt projects? I don't have a plan. I am just cutting squares as
those are easier to keep on hand than the actual garments. TIA,
PAT in VA/USA
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Pat in Virginia
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Hi Pat. I just finished a jeans quilt for my oldest son a couple of weeks ago. All I did was cut the jeans into 6 1/2 in squares because that way I could use more of the jeans as I didn't want to include the seams and also I happen to have a 6 1/2 in square ruler that made cutting easy. The quilt itself is twin sized with just the blocks birthed with flannel, no batting. I wouldn't want the quilt much bigger (unless you are making a picnic quilt or something like that) as it is pretty weighty. I didn't have a plan either when I started, just figured using my small square ruler to cut was easy and I could use more of the pants leg so that's what I started cutting, and I think that they were a good size for me. It gave me a nice variety of shades in the quilt without me having to piece together a ton of squares. I currently have a small pile of squares started for my DS#2.
HTH
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Charlotte Hippen
Charlotte: At first I thought that 6.5" would be best, for same reasons. But I could NOT find my 6.5" x 24" ruler ANY place. So I used the 6" x 24' ruler, to make this go fast as possible. I was working in the kitchen, while workers were installing new carpet upstairs, including sewing room. When they were returning the furniture to the sewing room, one carefully propped that 'missing' ruler against the wall where the file cabinet would go. I said, "Oh, I've been looking for that ruler!" and he said, "It was right here behind the cabinet when I moved it." Good to have the ruler again, but I will just continue with the 6" size. BTW: do you know how many squares you used? (WHY was he putting it behind the file cabinet instead of asking if I wanted it there again? Mind boggling. I mean, who stores things behind heavy cabinets? OTOH, they admired my quilts and asked if I ever made them to sell!)
Thanks, PAT
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Pat in Virginia
Some people just don't think things through. At least you now have the ruler back. I was originally thinking 6 in. squares myself, but my ruler is 6 1/2 and I didn't want to buy a 6 in. one just for this, so I just went with it to make it easier for me. I used 3/8 in seams and made it 11 x 15 squares. So 165 total squares, making the finished quilt about 63 X 86in.
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Charlotte Hippen
Okay, 165 squares give or take a few, thanks. This new carpet project is as much work as moving!! I am still sorting out and returning things to sewing room. Yesterday I did some, and emptied the master bedroom accessories. Today they will install that carpet. I am so glad we did this over three days: installation on Tues and Thurs, and a work day for me and DH on Wednesday. He did the office and some other stuff yesterday. I should have everything up and ready by Saturday. PAT
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Pat in Virginia
I had a bunch of these as well. My solution was to trim the seams, front pockets, waist bands and zippers off. DH calls them jean "filets" - just the flat denim is left with the back pockets intact. If there are any terribly worn spots, those are trimmed off also. It does save some space, but probably not as much as the finish trimmed squares. Lorraine in La Center
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TwinMom
I make jean quilts for the dogs in rescues all the time. They love them and they wash and wear well. I do use a thin batting and also off set the rows. You guys have given me an idea though, maybe I should make them for my nieces and nephews for Christmas this year. What size should I do??? Jill
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Jill Pochik
The ones I made for the grandchildren are about the size of a generous beach towel. I know, I know. That measurement is vague. Try to imagine the recipient tucked under it on the sofa on a chilly night. That project cost me one hand and one shoulder for a few weeks, and quite a few rotary blades. If you can - do the cutting in little doses so you won't temporarily disable your body. End of the story - the quilts are very loved and should last forever, more or less. Polly
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Polly Esther
I woud thnk thr denim would also make a nice picnic quilt...and line the back with something water won't come through it from te ground when you lay it down. Pami
Reply to
pami
My mom has one lined with oilcloth, but i imagine you could use a flannel backed plastic tablecloth that looks nice. Either way, you can just hose them off to clean em...that's what we do.
Reply to
Jalynne
sure, clean, but also carefully cut to use the 'good' parts (backside is best to cut largish hearts :o)
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DrQuilter

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