Saturday, April 8, 2017

Blue Jean Quilts and Quilter's Dream Come True

Meanwhile, back in the studio . . .  I have finished a project that was very difficult but very rewarding. Several years ago a friend and neighbor asked me to help her learn to make quilts for her grandchildren from their blue jeans as they graduated high school. I gladly taught her what she wanted to know, introducing her to mats, rulers, rotary cutters and other innovations. She died unexpectedly in December and I asked one of her four daughters about the quilts and said I wanted to help complete the two in progress.
      Six had their quilts, and there were two seniors this year. The quilts tops were nearly complete, and the daughter helped as I added the remaining squares, layered with thin batting and flannel, and stitched red crochet thread at the intersections for tying; then I added the binding and turned them over for the family to tie all the crochet threads.
      I moved the sewing machine to the dining room table to help deal with the weight and bulk. I could not have done these without help, and we marveled at Jo having already done six quilts by herself. The youths treasure these gifts from their grandmother, each with his or her name embroidered in a corner square, and it was a real blessing to me to be able to finish a quilter's dream and carry on a family tradition. We all worry about leaving unfinished projects stored in closets, so this felt good!

Linking up with Nina-Marie's Off-the-Wall Friday


LynDee Lombardo said...

Nothing compares in variety of blues and softness - but heft, too - to a jean quilt. And I love that most that I have know through the years were tied with red thread or yarn. The perfect balance.

Tierney Hogan said...

How beautiful you got to help make this happen - very touching story and what a quilt! I can imagine how heavy it was to work with. Awesome!

Jenny K. Lyon said...

I love a jean quilt too!

Martha Ginn said...

Thanks, LynDee, Tierney, and Jenny.
The satisfaction derived from completing a very important and loving project made the challenges insignificant.