My 12WIPS project for March is a denim charm quilt.
This is a an extremely simple concept for a quilt... collect denim jeans, cut up the usable parts into 6.5" charms and then sew them up into a simple patchwork. Many of the jeans were ones that were outgrown or outworn by my own family. But in order to get a really nice variety of colour (acid-wash jeans not being in fashion for at least 15 years!) I've also casually collected jeans from op-shops, fetes and car park markets as well.
After discovering a bargain bin of $1 jeans at my local discount store I purchased and sliced up 6 pairs and decided I had enough denim to build the quilt. I started by laying out the charms according to colour, and then I began chain piecing the charms together. I selected the fabric in mostly a random way (I only avoided putting two really light shades next to each other, or two really dark shades).
After chain piecing merrily for a little while I had a break at the ironing board.
Normally I am a press-seams-to-the-side kinda girl, but with denim I decided it would be necessary to press the seams open so they wouldn't be too bulky.
It didn't take long before I had done enough to start thinking about the layout. I arranged the pairs of charms in a random layout, but spacing the light and dark tones evenly throughout the quilt.
I think this denim quilt will make for a fabulous 'boy' quilt that will really grow with George into his teenage years. He really wants me to make him a pirate quilt (its in the works), but I reckon this denim one is the one that he will take with him when he leaves home.
I've selected a Denise Schmidt print for the backing. This is from her latest range called Daisy Mae, which has just become available at spotlight. I really wanted something with orange or mustard yellow in it. But nothing too child-like or silly (which was hard as I have a tendency to pick out quirky, bright or novelty print)s. The Denise Schmidt has a bit of a vintage feel to it which I think is perfect against the denim. I am auditioning the stripe as the binding, but being a drill I don't think it will work out. I'll have to keep hunting.
I wanted to check that the points where all the charms meet weren't going to be too bulky to sew, so I stitched up two of the rows and then joined them.
Looks great doesn't it?