Saturday, October 10, 2009

it's that time again...

...for the bloggers' quilt festival, that is :) I decided to enter my picnic quilt, since it is sorta close to my heart.

I made this quilt because I wanted something for the kiddos and I to sit on outside. I know I just blogged about this one at the beginning of summer, but now that we've used it so much for a season, I like it even more :) The pattern is called whirly giggles and can be found (for free!) here.

I used parts of jeans along with several red fabrics. The jeans are perfect for this type of thing and reusing them makes me feel green :) Be forewarned, when people see something you've made from jeans, you will be inundated with them. Just FYI. The borders are sturdy vintage tea towels that a close friend gave me when her grandmother passed away. Some had stains and holes so cutting them up for this gave them new life.

The back is a "tapestry" I bought at Urban Outfitters several years ago and hung as my bedroom curtains for a long time. All in all, the only thing I bought new for this was the batting! We've created so many memories on it already and I'm sure we'll have many more to come.

And here it is in use! :)

21 comments:

  1. Very cute! I love the how you re-purposed so many different materials for your quilt; keep up the great work!

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  2. I clicked through to your blog and enjoyed the pictures of the very cool blues and greens quilt as well as the jeans picnic quilt. I know what you mean about the jean thing! I had a few stashed in the garage, waiting to make one for my son (you know, when things calm down) and before you know it that one bag multiplied to three. Now I don't tell a soul.

    I love the story about how you were able to reuse some things that were given to you, as well as old curtains, etc. It makes the quilt that much more comfy and a mom that much less hysterical is something is spilled on the picnic quilt.

    Great job!

    --ELIZABETH E, #115

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  3. Fun block design and clever reuse of so many different things! Oh, the baby is pretty precious too :) Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

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  4. Lovely Quilt! I love your pumpkins and apples in your blog banner too.

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  5. Cute! What size are your whirly giggle blocks?

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  6. Lovely, and very green too. What a neat idea.

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  7. Hi Nikki,

    Love you the quilt!
    You have cute kids.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Geni
    @ Loose Ends

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  8. This is fantastic! And I LOVE that you used old jeans. I'd never thought of that... Might be the perfect thing for making next year's picnic quilt. Was it difficult quilting it because of the bulk? Or did it not make too much of a difference?

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  9. Beautiful! The denim looks so great with the red

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  10. I love this quilt. I need to make myself one like this.

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  11. Wonderful re-purposing of fabric. It's a quilt your children will have wonderful memories of. I, too made a blue jean quilt. You're right, folks start thinking you need more :)

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  12. Very, very cute! I love the fabrics and the colors.

    Jocelyn
    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

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  13. this is amazing...i have been wanting to work with the stack of our old jeans that i have not been able to bring myself to throw away but was not sure how hard it would be. Was it hard working with the bulk of the jeans?

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  14. Still working my way through the quilt festival. :o) Your quilt is beautiful and I love that you are actually USING it! That's the way memories are made! Great job!

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  15. Hi,

    Just wanted to say how much I love your quilt and that I've featured it in a roundup of some of my favorites from the Park City Girl Fall Quilt Festival. Thanks! http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/park-city-girl-quilt-showcase-pt-1/

    Emily
    The Handmade Experiment

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  16. I love this! I have made two denim quilts....for my kids for Christmas last year. And I get more from friends too, but that's okay! I absolutely love this pattern! Well done.

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  17. What a fun quilt. This is so cute.

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  18. What a fun quilt. This is so cute.

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  19. Hi Nikki!
    I love your quilt so much!
    I have 10 jeans waiting in my closet! So, this is what I'm going to do :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    A new french reader from Quebec, Canada

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