Denim Quest: Projects 11 & 12

I actually finished these two projects a couple of days ago, just waiting for the weather to get nice enough that I could take them outside to do the photographs.

Well, it wasn’t getting any warmer and I needed to air the house out (long story, but a burner was left on unlit and the house filled up with gas) so I figured while it was the same temp inside and out, I’d get the photos taken.

DSCN5241But, as you can see, it was cold and windy and we were trying whatever it took to get those pictures and get back in the house… QUICK!

So, I worked on another ‘log rails’ only in an even larger size. While I was precutting all of the denim, I ended up with quite a few pieces sized 6″ x 24″. I am going to use these in all of the ‘normal’ patterns, like the fence rails and braids. I think it is interesting to go bigger rather than smaller in some of these patterns.

Here is are the fence rails using the large pieces:

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Now, that’s a big quilt… it tops out at 84″ square. That’s going to be a cozy quilt once it is topped stitched and bound. I love the variety of the colors… remember that these were all once worn jeans, so that they have warmth and comfort in every piece!

This next one is kind of a experiment for me.

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I don’t do many quilts that are specifically for me, but this one is a quilt based on a photo of my son’s face.IMG_0806

I took a favorite photograph in Photoshop and reduced it to four shades. Streeter

From there it was enlarged many times (thanks to the services of Office Depot). The photo printed out on four sheets of 24″ x 36″ paper.

I took those and taped them all together.IMG_4430I then carefully cut it into the separate pieces based on color. I used a wash-away adhesive to adhere the pieces to a single piece of denim. Once the top stitching is done (and I expect nothing but perfection from my long arm quilter), then the adhesive can be washed away.

DSCN5246I really liked the way his face is offset in the photo and am contemplating stitching or embroidering his name into the quilt below it. There is a very special place in the house where this is destined to go. I just love it!

I have been working on a few more quilts and I also have some ideas for handbags and carry bags to be made from waistbands. I also have a log cabin style quilt in the works from the waistbands.

Having this spate of cold has sure made it easy to justify staying indoors! And what could be better than making quilts and sewing?!

julie

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Obviously, a big Mac fan (my first Mac was the first Mac) and mother to the most awesome kid in the world. A techno-junkie and self-proclaimed geek... I love anything and everything relating to computers. Addicted to collecting Pyrex! Also love making things and figuring out how to make or adapt existing stuff into something new! Always ready to try something new!

2 responses to “Denim Quest: Projects 11 & 12

  1. Hello Julie … I just found your work and it is amazing! I love what you did with the photo quilt of your son. I also work quite a bit with blue jeans, mostly improvisitonal, though I’ve done a couple based on quilt patterns. I think you can see them on Pinterest at Pat Ludwig Quilts. I’m also on wordpress at Patwig’s Blog (blogging has been totally slacking). I’m most active on instagram now @patludwigquilts, and try to keep it to quilts, but other inspirations slip in. Anyway, just thought I’d reach out because I love what you’re doing, and I’ve got the same bug.
    Best,
    Pat

    • I will absolutely check out your pinterest page (I’m down with the flu today). The denim work isn’t a “usual” but rather a topic that I set to challenge myself. Mostly at this point I am up for whatever will reduce the amount of denim in my sewing room! The worst thing about working with denim is the damage it does to my machines… what do you use? Right now I am stuck being unable to sew through 8+ layers of denim… really irritates me. I want to find a real basic machine that will just march through the denim and save my specialty machines for projects of less destruction!

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