Ready for part two of the easiest denim quilt ever? If you haven't read it yet, here's part one.
You will love these quilts... They are frugal (save those worn out jeans), warm and aesthetically pleasing too. I am including instructions for both twin and crib sized quilts.
**note: as far a colors go... the colors listed below are just a suggestion. I have also used white denim, and even dark green, black and khaki as well.... pretty much whatever I have on hand. The splash of unexpected color can be refreshing in a sea of blue pieces!
Cutting list: Twin sized denim quilt
24 light blue 6 1/4" squares
23 medium blue 6 1/4" squares
23 dark blue 6 1/4" squares
70 3" x 10 1/2" medium blue rectangles
70 3" x 10 1/2" dark blue rectangles
The finished twin sized quilt will be 5 blocks wide by 7 blocks long. (approx. 61" x 86")
Cutting list: for Crib or youth bed sized quilt
10 light blue 6 1/4" squares
10 medium blue 6 1/4" squares
10 dark blue 6 1/4" squares
30 3" x 10 1/2" strips of medium blue denim
30 3" x 10 1/2" strips of dark blue denim
The finished crib or youth sized quilt will be 3 blocks x 5 blocks. (approx. 36" x 64")
It is possible to cut all of those pieces with scissors, but it is much easier to cut them with a rotary cutter and mat. Not only is it faster to cut them that way, but the pieces will be more uniform in size which makes it easier to sew your quilt together.
Open that side strip out and place the next side strip along the outside of the center square. It will extend along the whole length of that side. Sew this strip on the whole length of that side... it should match up perfectly.
If you want to use batting and a sheet or cotton fabric for the backing of your quilt you will need to layer like this: first spread your quilt top out, right side up, on top of that place your back, right side down (against the right side of the quilt top), and finally place your batting on top. Being sure that there are no wrinkles in any of your layers, pin them all together, especially around the edges. Sew all of the layers together using a 1/4" seam allowance, being careful to catch all of the fabric in your seams. Don't sew quite all the way around your quilt. You will need an opening so you can turn your quilt right-side-out.
If you are going to use fleece for your quilt back all you need to do is layer your quilt top and the fleece right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening for turning right side out.
Once you have turned your quilt right sides out, you will need to slip-stitch the opening closed.
To finish your quilt and hold all of the layers together, you could quilt the quilt by hand (if you have super-strong hands to quilt through the denim!) or with a machine. Or you could tie your quilt. I usually tie my denim quilts. I like to use a nice thick cotton thread to tie with... like DMC Perle cotton thread. Be sure to tie your knots carefully so they won't come untied after all of your hard work!