Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Denim done and dusted

The denim circles are finished.



Here's the back.



And the funky binding.


I started this on 8th November 2015, as part of Audrey's Quilty 365, but got impatient and finished it on 6th May 2016.  Looking at it now, the little coloured strips in some circles mean I can still identify those that mark family birthdays and a handful of other significant dates that happened in the 6 months that I was making the circles.

I started quilting it on 16th April and finished it yesterday, 8th May.  I have no idea how it got done so fast.  The lines of quilting are not widely spaced - they are one or two finger widths apart -  so I can't explain it that way.  In any case, done it is.

The front is made from recycled denim (doesn't that sound a bit fancier than 'old jeans'?), recycled shirts and tiny scraps of every blue fabric I could lay my hands on.  

I used Sew Simple's Supersoft Eco Blend wadding ( it's a 70/30 blend made from 100% recycled material) and quilted it with Aurifil Lana 12 in 2 colours.

Finished size is 66" x 55".  

All it needs now is a name.

27 comments:

Jayne said...

What a lovely finish! I love all the circles and your hand quilting is just perfect for this quilt. It gives it another personal touch just as the Recycled Jeans have done!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Wow, congratulations! Do you feel like you are just getting faster at hand quilting or was it that you were not piecing much?

patty a. said...

Congratulations on another wonderful finish! The quilt turned out beautiful with some real snappy binding!

Nifty Quilts said...

It's a beautiful quilt with so many family memories. The best kind of quilt!

Ariane said...

What a beautiful quilt!! It looks wonderful!

Gale Bulkley said...

It is a thing of beauty.

Monica said...

Well, everyone is saying the same, it's a beauty! I love all the blues, and I think this one will definitely get even better with time. Congratulations!

audrey said...

I absolutely do not want to make a denim quilt, but this is so gorgeous, especially with the added texture from hand quilting! I adore the way you piece the rows and sections of your quilt together, the little pops of lights and brights! I knew we were missing a few quilts for the linkup, but just figured people were tired of showing off their progress.:)

Cathy said...

Love it! Congrats on the finish. I have made three quilts from recycled jeans and they last forever ...probably because quilts have no knees.

liniecat said...

Fantastic : )

Quiltdivajulie said...

Fabulous -- Where I live it could be called Blues City (as in home of the blues - music that is).

Ann said...

Who knew there were so many shades of denim? The narrow border sets the rest of the quilt off beautifully. And I like those little bits of tan you included. Congratulations on a gorgeous finish.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A wonderful quilt! I love the play between the lights and darks, and your binding is great!
I'm wondering, is it quite heavy with the recycled denim!

Janie said...

Lovely hand quilting and lots of great eye interest.
Congratulations.

P. said...

Beautiful!! The dots remind me of raindrops as they hit the pavement (but in a much prettier way than that sentence sounds!). Your quilts always have a wonderful complexity of interesting and appealing bits. Something to be able to look at for a long time.

Béa said...

Absolutely wonderful !

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

i keep thinking the denim must have been sore on the fingers, especially all the hand quilting, but it has certainly been worth it. The funky binding is great too and of course I love the pieced back. The handbag fabric makes a great foil to the more masculine front!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

Love the idea of adding coloured strips to mark special days and the yellow text binding. I am so happy that you included a close up picture of your beautiful hand quilting. A fabulous finish!

-Soma

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

I just love it. :-)

Doris Perlhuhn said...

You are a wizard .

Doris Perlhuhn said...

You are a wizard .

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

That is a beautiful quilt! I love that you hand quilted it, and that it is made from clothing and fabric pieces that have meaning to you. You have created an heirloom that will be loved by many!

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh this is stunning Kaja, I just love it. Naming - I think Julie has come up with great name.

em's scrapbag said...

I love this!

Quilter Kathy said...

Fantastic finish! That quilting really did go quickly... you must have been enjoying it!

Quilter Kathy said...

Fantastic finish! That quilting really did go quickly... you must have been enjoying it!

Catherine said...

It's beautiful, and I wish I could touch it - it looks very tactile!