Monday, May 5, 2008

Denim Picnic Blanket



Another long time project out of the way!  This one took 6 years from start to finish with a LONG break in the middle.  It started when I made one for my brother for his birthday.  He chose the border fabric from Wal-Mart in Hawaii.  I had denim collected from yard sales and consignment stores.  Once it was finished and mailed out to him, I missed it so much that I made another one to keep.  Then it sat in our closet for 6 years because I couldn't decide how to tie it.  I didn't want to use the yarn any more because I hurt my back trying to get the needle through the thick denim, but I couldn't come up with a good alternative solution.  Fast forward to this year, I saw somebody in the blog world finish hers by going over each corner with a sewing machine.  She started at one of the corners and went about 8 stitches to the kitty corner and then back and forth.  The stitches are pretty much invisible, which I like for this blanket.
          

6 comments:

alibop said...

doesnt it feel great to finish an old project. That one was definately worth finishing. I especially love the border print and how you grouped similar shades of denim together.

Marie' said...

Hi Alison,
I feel great about this one.
The kids dragged it out of the closet and used it outside all week. It got wet from the grass and stained with food. It was starting to smell too. I finally got to wash it once it was tied.
I did try to line up the denim so it looked like water. I am glad you liked it.

Hiroko said...

なんて素敵なグラデーション!
古着のデニムもこんな風にアレンジすると
こんなに素敵な作品になるなんて
私は考えもつきませんでした~!!
クリエイテイブ&リサイクル!かっこいい!

Marie' said...

裕子さん
ありがとう。
結構時間かかったからそう言ってもらえるとうれしいわ。

Tine said...

I love this quilt! And the denim for a picnic-blanket is such a great idea!

unevensideburns said...

Hi Tine,
I am glad you liked it!
-Marie'