Greetings from the end of May. Does May wipe out anyone else? I feel like I’ve been sprinting to the end of something, which, I guess in a way I have.
Why is the end of the school year so crazy busy? On top of that add in a child graduating from High School this week (*sniff*) and all of the work of getting ready for and attending Quilt Market and I am officially pooped. (Don’t get me started on adding in yard work too…)
Denim Patchwork Quilt
I’ve been squeezing in a little sewing before everyone is home from school for the summer. I’ve got a baby quilt in the works that I’ll share next week. This week I finished this blue, gray and denim patchwork quilt.
I found and bought this cool navy, blue, and gray plaid flannel last fall at Joann Fabrics. It just called out to me. I really love their flannel plaids in their Plaiditude collection.
I first discovered them when I made this red and black patchwork quilt a few years ago. They’re just super soft and thick flannels. Plus, I’m always a sucker for plaid.
I never get sick of simple patchwork. It always works. For this quilt I mixed in other gray flannels, denims, woven gingham, cotton prints, and a little bit of gray corduroy that I had on hand.
For this quilt I cut 8″ x 8″ squares (it’s the most efficient use of a 1/4 yard of fabric that’s 42″ wide). I laid out this denim patchwork quilt 9 squares across x 11 squares down. It finished at 67.5″ x 82.5″.
I’ve mixed different types of fabric before and haven’t had any trouble with the results of using different weights of fabric. In fact, I kind of like the way the different textures makes the simple squares more interesting. (Like in this gray neutrals quilt too.) I stuck with a simple palette of blue, navy, gray and white, but again, the different shades and prints give the denim patchwork quilt some depth.
(I did prewash any denims to make sure they were colorfast before I cut them up to add to the quilt.)
Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting quilted this one for me lickety split. We just went with a giant stipple to give the quilt some texture and hold it together, but not add a lot of weight to an already sturdy, heavy quilt.
This quilt is for some dear friends who are going through a difficult time. Starts with C and ends with Ancer. 🙁
It’s one of those situations where I feel utterly helpless in doing anything that would make a difference in this rotten situation. So patchwork squares and a heavy, warm, weighty quilt are my best effort to hand over something tangible to in some way represent the love we have for them. Stupid cancer.