Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Denim Quilt is Finished!!

Voila!

I'd been hearing the cool blues of denim call my name and I thought I'd see if I could use a pile of old jeans to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt. 

I started with free-pieced arcs to get a feel for the basic DWR layout. 

Traditional piecing with denim would be tricky so applique became the next choice. I tossed around the idea of frayed edges for the arcs but chose a more colourful and neater option of binding the edges. 


I decided to make and fully quilt the background first. That way I wouldn't be quilting through the added layer of the arcs as well as the denim and batting sandwich. 
I also wanted a bit of contrast with the look of the denim of the arcs and the background. Quilting with a lot of colourful perle8 thread added colour and texture to the background while I've kept the arcs as plain denim.
As I quilted I would lay the arcs or draw tailors chalk marks to give me a rough guide to the layout as I was stitching so I could play with different patterns in different areas of the quilt. 

Once the background was finished I simply sewed the arcs into place.

I made the joining squares irregular to add interest.The slight wonkiness adds a bit friendly movement. 

And circles are always a great addition to any quilt :)

I've been asked if it was hard to quilt through the denim.  I guess it was harder ... but then I was so intent on getting it done I didn't think about the difficulty. I just used a bigger, stronger needle and used my trusty rubber circle to give me some grip if the needle got stuck. 

I did bend a few pins in the making of this quilt. 

The quilt is really quite soft and flexible considering it's thicker layers and would make a cosy lap quilt...

...but for now I'll enjoy it hanging in the prized position on my lounge room wall. 

The two layers of denim have earned this quilt the name of The Double Denim Wedding Quilt. While it's not as whimsical as some of my quilt names, I think it suits it.  It ended up 47 inches square. 

But wait! that's not all ... I've got some arcs left over and they're on my design wall. I'm tossing around another idea of how to use them. Let's see what I can come up with...

P.S. Here's a link to some more photos of the quilting.

64 comments:

Chris said...

Just beautiful Rachael. You have been busy!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Holy moly! What an amazing amount of work! The binding was the perfect choice and i love those bright colours with the denim. Your quilting is just perfection!

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh WOW! How cool and clever is that? Absolutely gorgeous, Rachael! I love the colorful binding around the arcs, the different shades of blue and the hand quilting.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This is one of the coolest quilts I have ever seen! I love how you finished off the edges, it is perfect! My hat is off to you with all the hand quilting....

Quiltjane said...

You are such a clever girl. I love everything about this mini quilt.

Terry said...

As always traditional to Modern and one more step Beyond.
Each component is wonderful on it's own!! Added together true inspiration. Remarkable.

Marg said...

OMG you are pure genius Rachael. That is one of the most awesome quilts I've ever seen.

Shay said...

WOW! Completely and utterly impressive! Seriously cannot take my eyes off this beauty- you clever gal.

This is so out of the box and different. Love the idea of binding those edges...it really adds so much colour to the quilt.

Hon- you have to do a pattern for sale of this amazingly beautiful quilt - its genius.

Monica said...

Wow, Rachael, so many creative solutions in one place! I've wanted to do a denim quilt for a while now, and you've opened up some new avenues of thought for me. It definitely deserves pride of place. Great job!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hokey Moley Rachael that is one stunning quilt...amazing, all that hand quilting! Ingenious how you quilted this Denim Beauty first! Congratulations Rachael...it's gorgeous!

Every Stitch said...

It is lovely Rachael! I am so impressed by your creativity - and adapting this pattern to denim took some thinking too. The binding was a great idea - and great to add some colour!
Hilda

Stacey said...

What a great idea....Luv how you have repurposed all that denim :)

Patchwork and Play said...

This is STUNNING!!! A real winner Rachael!

Sharon said...

How fun this is! Does it weigh a ton?

Nifty Quilts said...

Stupendous! Brilliant! You've really outdone yourself. I hope you're going to enter it in the DWR challenge.

Melissa P said...

Amazing! All that texture and subtle variation in the denim really gives the binding an extra dose of bright and beautiful.

Well done!!

Aimee said...

Beautiful quilt. Absolutely brilliantly creative. You absolutely should enter that in the DWR challenge.

Susan Owenby said...

Brilliant! I love it! :)

Erica Spinks said...

Fantastic way to use denim in a quilt. The binding is inspired!

beth said...

speechless! ;)

Vickie said...

You are too smart for my vocabulary to figure out out how to express that. You, Rachael are one awesome smart designer. Bravo !

smazoochie said...

Holy cats, RD! That's beautiful!!!

Jeannette Bruce said...

So clever and so beautiful. Great work.

Janet said...

Your double denim quilt knocks my socks off, it's brilliant. I adore all the stitching on it and to use the coloured binding is a stroke of genius. Do put it in the DWR challenge and Darling Harbour would be good too so I can see it in the flesh.

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Oh my goodness! You may have started a new quilting craze with this amazing quilt :) I love the mix of denim and bright fresh colours and absolutely love the way you bound each wedding ring ... it's really effective :)

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Wow. Just, wow.

melissa said...

Wow! You never cease to amaze me with your amazing ideas and gorgeous works of art!!

Susanne said...

I have made a log cabin denim quilt several years ago for my youngest daughter. It was made from old blue jeans the girls and their dad wore that I had saved. Their dad passed away this past January and I have all his jeans and denim shorts. Another quilt is on the "to do" list as is one or two from all his flannel shirts. Love this idea. Thank you for sharing it.
Susanne :)

Amira@littlemushroomcap said...

Gorgeous! So creative and modern with those bright combination!

audrey said...

What! You're not entering this into the big Wedding Ring challenge? Your quilt is so incredible! Very fun, sassy and yes, friendly. LOVE it!

Lynne Shandley said...

You astound me - your works are amazing. Honestly. That is such a great quilt!

Tami C said...

WOW!!! This so pretty and so unique! I've never seen a denim quilt this nice! You did a great job!

Shakey Stitches said...

Wow. It looks amazing.
You are one clever little chicken.

Quiltbenaco said...

Geniale!
Ciao

Sew Surprising said...

What can I say that hasnt been said, amazing, stunning and ever so clever, you are truly incredible BMD :)

Annabella said...

This is incredible and so beautiful!

Jeneta said...

Oh you are way too clever! What a stunner!! I absolutely love the combination of the denim with the traditional double wedding ring pattern. Your hand quilting and colours of the binding give the quilt so much personality. This one has to be shared with the wider world - can you submit it to some magazines?

pompom said...

You come up with the most fabulous ideas. This looks fantastic and not like anything else I have seen. You are so clever!!

Sujata Shah said...

The most amazing denim quilt I have ever seen!!!! I would have never imagine in my wildest dream when I saw the pictures earlier that it had such beautiful brights hugging it. Wow! You are brilliant!

Julierose said...

Just a charming piece of work! Love that denim shading...denim fades so nicely...hugs, Julierose

Barb said...

You are so inventive! this is such a unusual and unique wedding ring quilt. I love how you solved all the technique challenges.
The stitches are wonderful!!

Heidi said...

Another masterpiece ! And I just can say yes to all the others already have commented !
Absolutely stunning

pforgerson said...

just beautiful!

Cathy H said...

Love your quilt.....what a great way to use up old jeans.....the binding and hand stitching really gives it that wow factor.....love it

quiltsomore said...

Just love it Rachael. I really like the binding of the arcs it gives the quilt a whole new look. Well done.

Mary said...

This is fantabulous! I love those binding edges on the arcs. Gives the denim such a punch! I can imagine how difficult that was to stitch through! Great job, Rachael!

Karen said...

Absolutely amazing!! Such a wonderful design - it looks really stunning. Love your creativity!!!

needleandspindle said...

You are now the Wonder Woman of frugal quilting. You harnessed denim power to turn your Shazam ring into a Double Wedding Ring. WHAM! KAPOW! It looks amazing and you are going straight to heaven on its worthiness!

LynCC said...

THIS. IS. SO. COOL!! Would you mind if I made something similar some day? What did you back it with? What kind of batting? I imagine those factors could greatly affect the hand-quiltability. Very nicely done!!

Issabella The Cat said...

This is over the top amazing! and as a side note how speedy are you with your beautiful quilt finishes!

Tonya Ricucci said...

really truly awesome. congrats.

shellysquilts said...

This quilt is absolutely freakin GORGEOUS! Luv it! Well done!

Chookyblue...... said...

looks great Rachel..........well worth the effort...........very effective..........

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Wow, you come up with the most clever quilts! Your creations never disappoint and are always inspiring. The hand quilting is gorgeous and I love the rainbow arc binding.

Susanne said...

Rachael, please stop by in the next 72 hours and send me your address. You won my giveaway. I have also sent you an email.
Susanne :)

Kathy said...

Terrific! If something like the DWR can be liberated, you have done it perfectly! Fantastic interpretation. It does deserve the spotlight on your wall! Congratulations!

O'Quilts said...

Good Lord Rachel....56 comments, your fantasy is famous. Your cleverness I see is indeed appreciated.

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, it's gorgeous! Love the colourful pops, the binding of the arcs is inspired :o)

Karen said...

Fantastic! Those pops of colour you added are perfect as is the quilting. You have such wonderful designing skills.

Mary said...

Amazing! Love it!

A Nudge said...

I came to this post from Lyn CC's latest post, and am so glad I did. What a gorgeous repurposing quilt. Best of all is your very thought out and clever way you put it together. Genius! I'm bookmarking this post. Thanks so much for sharing.

diane quilts said...

It truly is a modern double wedding quilt.

Rene' said...

Hey Rachael, I just wanted to let you know I saw your beautiful quilt in person at the Lakeland, Florida Sewing Expo. Your version is one of my favorites, and it is incredible in person! I took a couple of pictures but didn't think to get any of me (or other admirers) next to it waving to you ;-)))

Vivian said...

You had me at Denim and DWR! Outstanding! You say you quilted it --- was that just a with backing (due to the weight of the denim) or did you add batting too? And apologies for comment bombing, there's so much here to explore and commend you on!!

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