Gigi’s Quilt – Finished!

This was one of the drop-everything-and-piece-it-now projects from this summer.

I knew I had the denim jeans in the bin my husband’s grandmother gave me with her Necchi sewing machine, but when I looked through the bin, I found these old pillowcases.

Grandma! I had no less than five people come up and ask who Bonnie was when I quilted it. The general consensus was Bonnie is a spicy lady! And she really is.

The jeans were the ones that were cut off her husband at the hospital the day he died of an aneurysm, before I met my husband. Since she saved them for 15+ years before passing them along to me, I knew they had to end up in a quilt to her. When I found the pillowcases, I grabbed my graph paper and the quilt was born!

I tried to preserve as much jeans details as possible, which led to the addition of the creamy red dot strips {A Quilter’s Garden by Bird Brain Designs} to keep the seams from being out of control bulky. If I had to do it again, I’d add a border just so I don’t sew binding into jeans. It was doable but rough.

The quilting is just loops to avoid the jeans seams, the pillowcases, and the pockets, but I did add their anniversary in one of the plain jeans sections. Okay, my quilty-handwriting could use some work.

The backing is Joann’s flannel and the binding is DS Quilts first line for Joann’s – I had just enough left from Chunky Log Cabin! I used the Red Pepper Quilts binding method I attempted on Wee Wander, but this time with a 1/4″ seam. Perfection. And so easy! And it looks great on the front!

The sawtooth stars are flannel from a kit I bought several years ago, for a totally different project. It took a bit of math, but I figured out how to cut three stars from a fat quarter with almost no waste, so the ten in the kit worked out nicely.

And it leads to so many different textures between the cotton, flannel, denim, and soft pillowcases, that I can’t stop touching the quilt! Perfect for an older lady to sit on the couch with.

In fact, I wanted to demonstrate how perfect it is as a couch quilt with a nicely staged photo with a pillow and all…and quickly “and all” became Miss CC. Clearly it is cuddle-able.

54×60″

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7 thoughts on “Gigi’s Quilt – Finished!”

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Claire aka knitnkwilt

What a great use of “found” objects –and it looks like it was designed to go together. Love Bonnie’s blocks!

Lynette

What a great design for her with the keepsakes sewn in! Way to do it, Katie. 😀

M-R @ Quilt Matters

LOL! Love those panels! What a great job you did showcasing them, Katie!

Kate

Congrats on the finish! Such a fun quilt full of memories. Your MIL will love it.

Jasmine

I am sure she will treasure this quilt with all the memories. Great job!

Meegan

What a beautiful quilt, and a great memory for your Gigi. Awesome work!

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