This quilt is my March finish for the 12 WIP's in 2012 challenge
It is a denim patchwork quilt made from 6.5" denim charms. I discussed the construction of the quilt top here.
I sourced the fabric from denim jeans, most of them outgrown by my own family, but some sourced from op shops in order to get a nice selection of different shades of denim (especially the acid wash denim).
The quilting was simple, straight lines in bright orange thread either side of the ditch. The denim was a bit temperamental during the quilting as a lot of it had lycra in it and it shifted around under the machine foot. I managed to avoid any puckers, but some of the patches look a bit more bubbly than others. The back quilted up perfectly, so I definitely think it was the denim that was the problem and not me!
For the backing I chose a navy and orange geometrical print from the Denise Schmidt range 'Daisy Mae' (available at Spotlight). In my last update about this quilt I pondered what to use as wadding. I decided to use regular quilters wadding. It does make the quilt very heavy, but it will have its final home in Canberra so the warmer the better!
The finished quilt is approx 60" by 85", which is a generous single bed size.
I made a matching pillow slip using some really light weight denim (off the bolt). I inserted a little bit of left over backing and binding fabric. Unfortunately, I think I placed it too far towards the centre. Bugger!
Oh the binding! I used bright orange homespun. I think it adds a bit of 'pow' to an otherwise sedate quilt.
In this picture you can see how the some of the squares are a little bubbly and puckered due to the fabric sliding and shifting during the quilting stage. It will get wrinkly after the first wash and hopefully, you wont be able to tell the bubbles and the wrinkles apart.
This quilt is being gifted to my eldest Nephew. I have decided that when each of my six nephews turn 10 years old I will make them a quilt. My eldest nephew turned 10 last June so I am already running late for his and Nephew #2 will turn 10 in a few months (after that I will have a 2 year holiday until the next 10th birthday). Fortunately for me Nephew #1 fell in love with the denim quilt when my sister showed him some pictures on my blog. So easy peasy... he gets gets the denim quilt!