Friday, July 20, 2012

salt lake city longarm quilter/denim quilt

love quilt finished whole by nanotchka
love quilt finished whole, a photo by nanotchka on Flickr.

I spent this week cutting up my husbands old jeans and shirts for this quilt! I wanted to make a quilt embroidered with the words to a song I had been thinking of alot lately. "have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad or made someone feel glad? If not I have failed indeed" This is just one verse that is embroidered with free motion embroidered on patches in the quilt.

I started piecing with traditional seams and decided that I wanted a more frayed, rough look to the quilt so I started lapping some of the seams and brushing them with my wire chenille brush! I loved the frayed/fringed look of the new seams and used that along with the traditional seams throughout the rest of the quilt.

I fused shirt pieces and began cutting free form hearts to applique over my frayed blocks to keep the theme of love in the quilt. The pant pockets were added after the quilt was completely finished.

I wanted to keep the "re-cycled/repurposed" idea of the quilt when I was looking for a backing. I was shopping for a flannel sheet in the department store when I thought of going to the thrift store for something for the back of the quilt. Two thrift stores later I found the perfect bright red knit vintage sheet! My "found" fabric quilt was complete. I'll be taking this quilt to the Restoring Love gathering in Dallas Texas next week! I hope to see you there!