Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Tattoo Denim Quilt

I made this denim quilt for our niece and her husband, for their wedding.  I was contemplating how to show our love to them and thought that writing it out in quotes would work.  Her father had past away and I was able to get a pair of his old pants to put into this quilt.

To make the quilt I cut up a bunch of old worn out denim pants.  I was given a bunch because I had given my last stash to someone else.  Any way I use all sorts of sizes of blocks and wrote a bunch of love and family quotes.  I even went to Kellie's pintrest to see what sort of things she liked to add to it.  She had a few tattoos pined and I added those to the blocks of the quilt.  I drew with Sharpies directly on the denim.  If i was unsure on some things if they would fit I used chalk to write it first so that I could just wipe it off.

As I was writing on the blocks I decided that some color was a good addition.

This was the initial that was on their invitation.  I wanted to incorporate as much as I could of the things that meant a lot to them.

This was one of the tattoos she had pinned.  I was also laying it out to see where each block fit.  I don't plan ahead well so this is what I did.

I saw a date that was embroidered like this so I  made one too with Sharpie.
I left some of the quilt blocks blank in case they wanted to have guests sign the quilt at the wedding reception.

I tied this quilt upside down so that the ties were on the back.  To tie upside down you put the quilt top on the frame first facing down, then the batting, and last the back which is flannel in this case facing up.  It is tied with blue yarn so that it won't distract from the quilt top.  I also turned the blocks every which way so that there was no one way to look at it.  If it ended up as a picnic quilt you could sit anywhere and still read some of it.

Children's Denim Quilt

Made by Sophie
 These are the blocks that my daughters are making.  They are four and seven years old.  They are taking the remaining denim and making their own quilt.  They are fun to keep my girls involved in what I am doing and the art work that they draw themselves will be memories for us all.  Theirs is not done.  They have a shorter attention span but here are some samples of their work.
Made by Zoey


  1. Your quilt is delightful and your instruction is very helpful. The girl's blocks are so fun and make me smile. It makes me want to try one maybe with blocks my grand children color. Wouldn't that be special. Carma Jean Bowen

    1. That would be a lot of fun. It would be a fun reunion quilt too. You could take denim pieces and have people draw on them, trace their hands with names and put down memories.