Remember the last denim quilt we made? Well, it’s such a loved item around our house that one was just not enough. So we made another one. Well okay, Aria made this one all by herself!
This time we used much the same process as last time to create the half square triangles. The finished dimensions are 75” x 100” There are 192 half square triangle blocks. Each block was 6.5” by 6.5” before sewing them together.
Aria wanted big contrast between the darker and lighter triangles of denim in each square, so she dug deep into our denim/jeans stash and pulled out the darkest denims she could find. This included some black and brown denim. It’s fun to see some of them and remember what their original source was. The black with white embroidery was originally a jacket I made for Aria, blogged here.
The lightest brown is Carhartt denim/canvas leftover from this pair of pants made for Thomas. Some of the lightest embroidered denim was a skirt Aria wore and wore and wore!
The majority of the denim in this quilt is from jeans the boys wore and wore out. For most of them, the knees had holes in them, but there was lots and lots of usable denim left. We get asked often how many pairs of jeans it took to make the other quilt. Honestly, we weren’t counting, and because so many of them were different sizes (from little boy to very big man!) it probably wouldn’t be an accurate count anyway!
When she was finished, Aria chose to use a luscious deep red herringbone flannel fabric by Robert Kaufman (affiliate link) for the backing. Instead of binding it with a different piece of fabric, she just left enough overhanging to bring it around to the front and create a contrast border. Aria finished this binding by hand herself.
Once again, our very special aunt did the quilting for us. Her work is truly amazing, and she worked us into her schedule. Her work is in hot demand, so it was very generous of her to bump us up in the queue! Aria chose the same quilting pattern that was used on the other denim quilt we made. It’s just so nice on a half square triangle quilt!
Aria has been sleeping like a baby under this very warm, very heavy quilt. It’s like those weighted blankets you see which are marketed for better sleeping.
Don’t tell the maker, but I snuck a picture of her and the quilt! And yes, there is enough denim and jeans left to make more of these. Can’t stop, won’t stop!