Saturday, February 18, 2012

Denim Rag Quilt

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My hubby had a brother get married last May.  I decided to make them something for a wedding gift and decided on a denim/flannel rag quilt.  So I did a little inquiring and found out they planned on getting a queen sized bed.  I'd never done a rag quilt that large before, but decided it would be a good challenge.  Bring it!  Right?!


This brother has dreamed of being a pilot for the Air Force his whole life, and was pursuing that dream through the ROTC.  I decided to use blue denim and red and white flannel for this patriotic boy.  I started to make my sandwiches and played around with the layout.





About the time I had enough sandwiches made I found out they had changed their plans and were now getting a KING SIZED BED!!  Yikes!  So I calculated, and schemed, and scratched my head.  I calculated what kind of border I could add, how much extra it would cost.  Ouch -- all of the calculations and numbers were hurting my head!  I couldn't believe how much extra it was going to cost to increase the size.


So I compromised.  I made it large enough to cover the top of a king sized bed, but not hang over the edges.  I was still one HUGE beast to sew together in the end.  After I had all of my squares sewed into rows, I sewed the rows together into two big halves.  Then I called on my hubby and he helped support the weight of the two halves as I sewed them together and sewed around the edges.  It was still insane to maneuver even with his help!


I wanted it a little more personal so I had my dear friend Amy, from The Lily Pad Shop do a custom embroidered square for me.  She does great work!  You should check her out. :)



26 comments:

  1. Thank you so very much for participating in the blog hop! Wishing you the very best in your bloggy endeavors! Cheers!

    Kelly
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  2. Hi,
    I am a new GFC follower. I found you on a grow your blog hop. I would love for you to stop by my site and follow me as well. Also check out our giveaway for a $170 Technogel Pillow if you are interested. Thanks
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    1. Thanks for following and I got you back!

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  3. and WE LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for this quilt! It has kept us very warm on the cold Logan winter nights.

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    1. Glad it's keeping you warm! Now you just need to get a bun in the oven so I can make you guys a baby quilt. :)

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  4. I love the colors. The red and white are perfect with the denim. I'd love for you to share this at my link party. It runs Tues-Sat.
    Rachel
    http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesdays-3.html

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I have you on my list of Link Parties! You'll be seeing more of me. :)

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  5. That turned out so cute!! I love the colors. So fun!! Thanks for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  6. Wow, you are nice to make a queen sized quilt for someone else!! Your hands must ache from all that cutting!

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    1. Thank heavens for spring-loaded snips! And my hubby helped with the "ragging." :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Wow that is a labor of love! It turned out really cute. I really like the emboidered square, that is awesome!

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    1. My friend who did the embroidery does great work! Thanks for the kind comment!

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  8. Wow! That is so beautiful. I love the label, too. I will check out her shop!

    P.S. Would you please consider disabling your word verification?

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  9. That is amazing! Good job. The commemorative square is the perfect addition. What a great idea!

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  10. What a great gift! I'm sure they'll love it.

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  11. Love this too you are just full of great ideas...Thanks for linking up@CountryMommaCooks

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  12. That's a great gift and the quilt looks awesome! My friend makes these rag quilts too, and I just love that style! It's so fun!

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    1. Thank you! They are such a forgiving kind of quilt to make! I highly suggest them. :)

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  13. I have always wanted to make a denim quilt but I've never gotten around to it. I've heard they are VERY heavy. A friend of mine made a twin and said it was heavy, I can't imagine the weight of the king topper! I really like the denim/flannel combo. So, you made sandwiches as you went and then didn't have to back it? Very creative way to do it all at once.

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    1. I'm saving up our old denim to someday make us a denim quilt. One day...but I think I'll put the denim aside for a while. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. What an undertaking! I can only imagine how heavy that was to sew!! I'm sure they'll be just thrilled with it, too. Awesome! :o)

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  15. You are very talented! This is great! Happy to have you at Things I've Done Thursday! www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  16. How cute!! I have made a denim rag quilt and they are HEAVY!! Good call getting the hubby to help. The embroidered square is perfect! I am sure they loved it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday this week.:)

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  17. The row of white really makes the whole quilt come together brilliantly. Love it!!! I'm hoping to make a small denim rag quilt for Christmas. Realistically, I probably won't get it done, but at least I'll make a start.

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  18. Lovely! What size were your squares?

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    1. I believe they were 10 inches. These are some of the largest ones I've used for a rag quilt.

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