Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What to do when you are given a zillion jean squares

My hand hurts. Like really bad. I think it's formed into a claw...this is a serious condition that can only be caused by one thing. A rag quilt has been created.

See a while back my mom gave me a stack of jean squares that was about as tall as the Empire State building. Okay maybe not that high, just as tall as the Sears Tower. She wanted to get them made into something, but couldn't fathom how/what/when of the actual application. Seeing as how I'm crafty (or at least pretend to be) she thought I could make something out of them.

So they sat on my shelf staring at me. Mocking me. Taunting me. Telling me I couldn't do anything to destroy their tall-jean tower-ness. So I bought some flannel. (It was on sale)

Then I proceeded to cut the flannel I bought into 6 1/2 '' squares. And then I stacked those squares next to the jean tower. (that was growing btw...whenever mom had old jeans from brother or dad, she sent them my way, and what else was I to do but cut them up and add to the smug bastards' stack of tall-ness?)

So after a while of the continual mocking, I decided to start putting this jean quilt together. I drew out a few patterns, but each one I drew out made the quilt the size of Texas. I don't know about you, but Texas just won't fit into my apartment. So I had to scale it back. I ended up using half the squares. (knocking them down a few pegs in their taunting tallness!) and all of the flannel squares. (The flannel was unassuming and kind...never once did it mock me!)

I started to assemble said quilt. And then lost steam. I started a job that made me so stressed I was physically ill all the time. I couldnt get enough sleep let alone do dishes or feed the husband. So yeah I didn't really have time for quilty type projects...so this kind of just sat there at the sewing machine....taunting me yet again...

And then this past week, I rearranged the sewing space. And it was organized and calling out to me to create something. So I decided to finish this up.

It's a monster...it weighs a ton, and my hand hurts from clipping all the seams for two days straight. (That's right, two days!) But I think it's beautiful. And it matches my sofa...

(And I don't believe in editing...so my coffee table is a mess...and that realy is my sewing area behind...but this is as real as it gets up in here!)

and it's soft and cuddly...(and after I cleaned out four lint traps worth of threads it's finally stopped shedding...) And I honestly didn't plan the layoutt...it just kinda came out like this. Although I think that's half it's charm. (That and it's finally stopped mocking me!)

I think I'll put it up on my Etsy site and see if there's any bites. If not...it has a place in my home.

What do you guys think?


Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Love it!!!

cindy said...

You do have spring loaded snippers, right? If not, don't walk, run to your fabric store and get some. Your hand will start to uncurl from the claw.

I won't be surprised if you have some, though, because jeans can be really rough. Beautiful job!

Sewing for Utange said...

Fabulous work! I'm a huge fan of recycling denim - and that means I fully appreciate your pain in making this. Huge congrats. (My denim quilt is still in the pieces stage, but I fully believe one day it will be completed! Your project gives me hope...)

Jennifer said...

Very nice!

A Proverbs 31 Wife said...

Found you via sunday-funday link up.
Want more denim scraps? lol
Your project turned out really cute, I love denim and flannel together- very sturdy :)
Following you on GFC now!

Jill said...

GORGEOUS Amber! Certainly worth all that effort!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Six Sisters said...

This is so cute!! We love ideas on recycling old jeans! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

Emily Meyers said...

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Hope to see you there! And thanks so much lady!

Ginger said...

Featuring YOU today!

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


Felicia Palmer said...

I've always wanted to make a jean quilt, for picnicing on and leaving the car.. It's just never happened! Looks great!