Saturday, February 18, 2006

Stashbuster's retreat weekend


I'm participating in a stay at home retreat this weekend with the Stashbuster group and working on a birthday quilt for my son Adam.

This is another UFO - I've had 3/4 of the squares cut out for this quilt for months maybe even more than a year. My intention was to make a rag quilt but then I made the mistake of describing the quilt to him. He said NO ragged edges. So with most of the squares cut out I was limited to what I make.

Here's my progress so far. The appliques are from the old jeans and I'm just trying to sprinkle them through the quilt.

I have two more rounds of squares - one blue and a final black.

Does anyone have ideas on how to quilt this?

7 comments:

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Quilt it??? Yikes! I would TRY a HUGE needle, thick thread and a longer stitch than usual. I wouldn't use any batting - just back it in flannel or fleece - or else it will end up weighing a ton. If the quilting doesn't work out, I think it would look good tied in sturdy knots using chunky red yarn. It looks like a nice functional quilt for a guy!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Mary said...

Luckily I have the longarm which should make quilting it easier. I was thinking I should probably use a larger needle on it than I usually do.

Adam requested a flannel back and no batting but I'm tempted to use a thin cotton batting. We'll see how I feel when I get ready to quilt it.

debby said...

However you quilt it, it will be a very special quilt.

cher said...

I like the touch of red you were able to flange in...looks great Mary! How about quilting large X's in it? Maybe not a great idea on a longarm machine however...or a large meander? I don't think you want to do anything close together or fancy-good luck with getting this done!

Dee said...

This is a great quilt and I bet it will never wear out. Adam is one lucky guy.

deputyswife said...

I like the black with the blue on this quilt. I have a pile of jeans in the basement waiting for me to cut them up. I have been a little hesitant, because I don't know if my little ol sewing maching can take it.

I have seen a lot of jean quilts tied, but I really don't care for tied quilts. What about a fan quilt pattern? Good luck to you. I can't wait to see the finished product!

cindyquilts said...

I have made one of these before, and even finished it and given it away.
I put wide wale corduroy on the back and where the intersections are in the patchwork, a machine sewn flat button. It was very durable for the gentleman, he used it when in his wheelchair.