I was going to wait to post about this quilt until after Christmas. However, the person for whom it is intended does not read my blog, and I'm so thrilled to be done with it this early that I will post about it anyway. Making this quilt was more of an ordeal than I anticipated. Five or six denim needles later, it is done. The top has a rag-style finish. The raw edges of the denim show and will fray with multiple washings.
This method is called "quilt as you go," because you quilt small squares of batting and fabric (5 inches in this instance) to the center of a larger back square (7 inch squares of denim in this instance). You then place the large squares (denim) right sides together, and sew along the edge of the small (fabric) squares on one side. The one inch line below shows where you sew that seam. The image also shows how you can trim if you aren't exact on your bigger square measurements, and if you look at the horizontal line you will see what the strips look like after the next step.
Once you have sewn the pieces together on the 1 inch line, lay the pieces out with the denim squares faced down, and fold the small denim edges (which are now sticking up) down flat. If you don't want a rag or raw edge, you can fold them twice and sew on the very edge. I left them raw and sewed them about a half inch seam.
Once you have completed several (or all) of the strips for your quilt, use the same technique to join the strips. See above and below for how the strips look when pinned together. Is my pin cushion cute, or what? Thanks for last year's free Christmas make and takes Main Street Quilt Cottage.
Above you see my first two strips sewn together with the edges sewn down. Little did I know what grueling hours and needle carnage awaited me before I found myself with the completed item pictured below.
I liked the way the colors turned out, and I was especially pleased with the back. That said, I do not endorse this method on denim. It was a big pain in the needle. And after it was all done, Alex pointed out that one of my quilted flowers looks like a marijuana plant.