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    Missouri Star

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    Talking My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    Finally! I'm done! No more jeans sewing for a while lol.

    This winter I collected worn out jeans from colleagues (and a FB friend) until I had way more than I could ever hope to make into a quilt. So I started cutting them up, only discarding the seams and really worn out pieces and soon my whole sewing (err dining) room was covered in a blue "dust". When Annika, Helena, Cicci and I got together for our sew meet this spring, I started cutting the jeans fabric into large rectangles, five different widths. I did that for a loooong time and so I mixed in a bit of jeans piecing to make it more fun and make use of the smaller scraps. Then I started sewing the fabric into rows, roughly the same length. I hung them on a door to see that they were even... ish. When I was done, I trimmed them to the same length and used our lawn to see how I wanted to line them up. I then assembled the top and boy was that hard work lol. No need to go to the gym for a while! Jeans are HEAVY.

    The big question was what to use for backing. I wanted it to be water proof, since it's a picnic quilt and I started thinking along the lines of oilcloth (the tablecloth kind) but realised that would be way too heavy. I bought a cheap tarpaulin and after cutting it to size and taping the quilt top to it, realised it would be horrible to work with, hard to fold up and really un-cozy to spend any time on after it was done. I had a chat with one of the ladies in the fabric shop in town and ended up buying a windbreaker-like cloth, that was also waterproof and the EXACT width I needed (when doubled) so it was, if not cheap, at least reasonably priced. It was much nicer to work with, very light and seems durable.

    I've not quilted it at all, I don't want holes that might transport water to the top from damp grass. I hope it will be manageable anyway. I've bound it with a nice stretchy jeans fabric (bought at the same fabric store as the backing).

    It measures roughly 3 x 3.2 yards. Sorry about the slight blurriness, I was standing on a wobbly chair taking the picture lol.
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    Action shot! Hubby showing just how big the quilt is (he's tall, 6.4" or 1.93 m).
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    The windbreakerish backing. I know, my machine binding technique needs a bit of work, but I was beyond caring about such details at that point. Way beyond!!
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    The binding. Look, stars!!
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    I'm even happy with the corners!
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    This was so much work but the end result is sure worth it! I'm happy I got to finish it with lots of summer left.

    Thanks for any comments!
    ~ Anna ~

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    That is absolutely spectacular. Just think, in case of inclement weather you can use it to pitch a tent. That's a huge effort! I love how you've got the pockets in there - great to storing a napkin or your dinnerware . . .
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    wow! That looks great! And it's really a great idea to use waterproof backing

    I, too, am not great at machine binding... but I do it all the time anyway. I'm less coordinated with hand sewing!
    "Only God is perfect, my quilts don't have to be!"

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    Love the idea of making a picnic blanket out of old blue jeans! It turned out awesome. Great job!

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    That is fantastic. You did a great job - what a lot of work!
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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    Wow! I admire your ability to sew on that binding with such a HUGE project. I think I would have been worn out fighting the weight of all that fabric. Love the idea of the backing fabric. Great job!

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    The binding really makes it! Those stars are great. I hope you have many happy picnics.

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    9 Patch Princess

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    That looks so amazing!! I really like the binding as well. Wonderful work
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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    LOVE this! It turned out fabulous, and big!

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    Default Re: My huge jeans quilt is FINALLY FINISHED! (somewhat pic heavy)

    Wow! Look at that huge thing! What a great achievement!

    Did you actually quilt it or just connect it with the binding?

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