Friday, 5 February 2016

Denim done and dusted

So this is a strange state of affairs: this is my second finish this year.  This means that I have nearly eleven months to finish one more piece and I'll have hit my usual total.  Go figure.



In fact I could carry on stitching this if I wanted to but am stopping now for two reasons: on one level I like the idea of this as a sort of map, and in my head the most dense section, roughly in the middle, is like a town, and then towards the edges there are more spaces, like fields or open countryside.

Also,I have been going with the flow all along, stitching where and when I feel like it, adding patches, leaving pockets one or taking them off, leaving gaps.  And now it feels like the journey this has led me on is done, so that seems the best place to stop.



In the end this is a good size for a lap quilt: about 55" on each side.  It is made entirely from old jeans, and the little patches are scraps from Small Pleasures.  I used all sorts of threads: anything I had in the right sort of colours; stranded cotton, rayon thread, perle, some space dyed, some not.  The backing is flannel, so this is a heavy, heavy piece, but that's what I like. 

Started late 2014, finished February 1st 2016. Its official name is Eclipse.


And, just because I like them the best, here's one of those landscape-y shots.



And, as this is a finish I'm linking up with TGIFF, which this week is here at Devoted Quilter, and with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop, Whoop.

21 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! Time for a party! Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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  2. Congratulations on finishing this wonderful quilt. It's been really great getting to follow along on the journey. I love that landscape shot with the close up of all those quilting stitches.

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  3. Congratulations! That last photograph is perfection. :) Two finishes already? That is awesome!

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  4. This is so lovely! And congrats on knowing when to stop!

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  5. Love the last photo! I've really enjoyed watching your progress on this one!

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  6. Congratulations on completing this stunning piece. Having watched the progress with your tiny fabric scraps here and there and the wonderful coloured threads being stitched I am thrilled to see this post!

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  7. It sounds like you're on track for a very productive year, lol! This is a fun finish and I love how you envision it to be a sort of map. Thanks for linking with TGIFF :)

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  8. That looks like it was fun to make. Love the hand stitching.

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  9. Congratulations, Kaja. What have you done with the back?

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  10. What a fun piece! All that hand stitching is fabulous. Congrats on the finish,

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  11. A great finish! I love all your hand stitching & colourful threads!

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  12. Yay! The pressures off and it's early in the year.:) This is a fabulous quilt. I love how much character and personality it has.

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  13. A beautiful finish / it's been fun to watch it grow :)

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  14. Such a great analogy that, a map!
    Its my kind of throw too, love that its recycled and denims and even the yarns used aren't uniform in any way. I really enjoy that spontaneous, creative approach - but it could just be that breaking the 'rules' can bring such happy surprises at times!
    We should all do it more often lol
    I reckon its way more snuggable-under because of all those paths you've taken and - 11 months to finish another one thing!
    What are you waiting for then? lol

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  15. Wow this is stunning!!!! The stitching shows up perfectly in your 'landscape-y shot'!

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  16. Maybe this will be the year of the finish . Well done . I love your stitching denim landscapes

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  17. This is an amazing piece! Denim is not so easy to work with with all that heaviness. Even that hand embroidery must have been a bit of a challenge. But it looks great, and the embroidery really adds that nice sprinkling of colour. Love that it's backed in flannel ... this will last forever!
    Wendy

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  18. This is an amazing piece! Denim is not so easy to work with with all that heaviness. Even that hand embroidery must have been a bit of a challenge. But it looks great, and the embroidery really adds that nice sprinkling of colour. Love that it's backed in flannel ... this will last forever!
    Wendy

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  19. Lovely, uniquely you, finish!

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  20. Yes, it definitely looks like a map! I specially love the close up photos of all the hand stitching. What a wonderful and unique finish, Kaja!

    -Soma

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  21. you might finish more than usual this year. Next!

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