And this is the second one.
It's hard to think of creative ways to make a memory quilt from denim jeans and old shirts. The shirts were very thin and not 100% cotton and sewing them next to a heavy weight denim was not a good mix. It had lots of challenges. Hind sight is 20/20 and looking back I should have stabilized the shirts with a light weight iron on stabilizer like tricot interfacing that I use on t-shirts. But I didn't and the quilt is finished just the same. This is the third one.
I started with a large nine patch block. Each square is 9" finished. Then added a row of piano key blocks to make it rectangular instead of square. Added a border of chambray fabric and then a final scrappy border of denim. Now here's where the creative part comes in.
I took the label off the waist band of the jeans and sewed it to a denim square.
Another label from the waistband of a different brand of jeans.
Some shirt pockets.
And then I took the label from the inside of a shirt, removed it and re-attached it to the outside of the shirt western yoke.
Another tag from the shirt removed and re-attached to the outside back western yoke.
And yet another tag re-sewn.
The jeans pocket. I could stitch through the entire pocket. The hopping foot of Queenie wouldn't go over all the edges of the pocket. I quilted around it and then went back and echo quilted the top stitching across the pocket.
You may remember that I won a package of batting as a door prize at the Quilt Retreat at Deep Woods last weekend.
It's "ultra-thin" and since the denim was so heavy and my customer really didn't want me to use any batting at all, I decided to give this one a try. I think I like it. I really is "ultra-thin". I don't know if you can tell from the photos below but it is. I laid it next to my regular Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting that I would have normally used.
Notice the difference in the thickness of the two?
You can see my hand through the Thermore "ultra-thin" batting as oppose to the 80/20 batting.
I will definitely be using this again. The girls at the retreat said it was great for t-shirt quilts and I bet they're right. I'm going to try it on the next t-shirt quilt I get.