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Kettle Falls Food Bank Quilt

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Exposure Time 1/125
F-Stop 4.2
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Created using this Craftsy Indie Pattern

This project was made from an independent Craftsy designer's pattern:

Denim Circle Rag Quilt-Recycled Jeans! »
by Inventive Denim

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Category Quilting
Type Quilt
Style Eco-Friendly, Casual
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What materials did you use? I used denim jeans donated to me from family & friends from three states. 100 percent cotton fruits & vegetables fabric seemed the perfect combination for a quilt donated to fund raise for a food bank. 100 percent cotton batting was used too!

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What are you most proud of? I started this project with just an idea, but by the time I had finished, so many people were involved simply because I asked them to. The food bank board of directors set a goal of $5000. I am truly humbled by the help and support and the expectation. Also very grateful I didn't physical therapy for my left shoulder after connecting the rows! :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I think you need to plan on having a large table/surface available when connecting the rows. That was definitely the most challenging part. I don't know what I would have done if my husband wasn't there to help. I couldn't get the hang of the gloves, almost sewing them into the project twice! But if they were more form fitting, they might be beneficial.

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I made this quilt to donate to the Kettle Falls WA Food Bank to be raffled off as a fund raiser. I knew I wanted to use the fruits & vegetables fabric as soon as I saw them, but the pattern took a little longer. Perusing Craftsy helped with that! Jeans were donated by my family locally, from a friend in northern CA and from the Kettle Falls community. The project's mailing weight was 14 pounds. It was definitely a challenge to maneuver requiring the help of my husband. At one point, I sewed through the end of my index finger; definitely a first for me in 40+ years of sewing! Had a party at our house when it was finished and received $445 in donations to send along. The director of this food bank is my cousin. I'm so very proud of this project and what it represents, but I don't think I will ever make another one out of denim.

03/12/2014 Flag

DO you think you could have used bigger circles? I'm thinking dinner plate size.

04/24/2014 Flag

I am not the designer, but I would bet you could use any size circles that you can actually cut out of the denim. I am guessing she used the charm square (5") size because they are so popular and it makes for a lovely scrappy look. Looks like a fun pattern!

04/24/2014 Flag

Good Morning. I do think you could use any size circle. The pattern called for either 6 or 6.5 inch circles so that's what I did. I did cut all my fabric. I wanted the fruits & vegetables print. Bought a couple of charm packs, but they weren't sporting the look I was going for. Because it went north (like just shy of the Canadian border north) I also included I think it was a 4 inch square of batting for warmth. Dinner plate (maybe 8 or even 10 inch size) could easily be done. Either buy your fabric or get many, many plus size people to donate their jeans. You are only limited by the width of the fabric. That size would allow you to do some creative things with the insets: family member photos, some of those great large print cottons ... I think the possibilities are endless w/ this pattern.

05/01/2014 Flag