Quick Denim Quilt  (Improv Quilt with Instructions)

This quick denim quilt project is one I made to get myself out of a sewing ‘rut’. It uses old jeans and leftover fabric strips.

Materials Used

– Denim jeans – Moda Scrap Bag jelly roll strips – Batting – Quilt back

Step 1: Adding Some Colour

I went for bright aquas and reds with some coordinating lighter strips thrown in too. I ended up using 54 squares plus some extra denim to fill in some gaps in my layout.

Step 2: Layout

Once I’d added my strips to all my squares I tried various layouts on the floor. That layout left me with some empty spots however where I needed to fill in some more denim.

I sewed my rows together as per the layout I had decided on but stopped where I was missing a square of plain denim to fill up the gaps.

Step 3: Sewing Rows & Filling Gaps

Step 4:Quilting

I used my walking foot and a denim needle and quilted straight horizontal lines across my quilt. I purposely made the distance between them random so some gaps are bigger than others.

Step 5: Fix for a Short Quilt Back

In the end I used the offcuts of the backing from the top of the quilt and hand sewed it down to cover the exposed batting.