I really don't consider myself any type of quilter - Improv, Modern, Traditional, Crazy, Lazy, Wonky...that's me. (Notice the title of my blog is Sane, Crazy, Crumby?) I'm all over the place.
But, I guess in the beginning I was what would today be considered Improv.
I made this blue jean quilt in 1992 out of the family's old blue (and other colored) jeans. I followed no pattern - just followed a whim.
How do I know it was 1992? Because I embroidered it on this quilt.
I wanted to practice some embroidery stitches on I didn't know what. Worn out blue jeans were handy.
For years we took it camping. That's back before we had the pop up camper and went tent camping. We sat on this quilt around many a campfire and I probably washed many smore's off of it. Kids would sit on it during the day and play card games. If it was cold we would cover up with it at night. Or we would put it under our sleeping bags to keep the dew off of us. I have two other twin sized denim quilts out in the pop up camper we still use when we go camping. Before camping they were bedspreads on the boy's bunk beds. The camper is closed up for the winter or I would have gotten those out too.
I tied the quilt with several strands of embroidery thread. It has held up well but is now falling apart. It retired to the quilt rack hanging on the wall in the spare bedroom. I don't know why. It was a learning experience and it is full of memories. (By the way...I learned that it's not really easy to practice embroidery stitches on blue jean seams).
Oh, and the back was a big piece of soft plaid flannel. (Sorry for the blurry photo...it's windy and cold out there.)
Ok, now let's go back in our time machine to the 70s. You can see the small denim quilt next to the queen sized quilt made out of left over fabrics from back when I made clothes for the family. I must have been ahead of my time. It sure looks like what today is called a jelly roll quilt. (I really don't like jelly roll quilts if the truth be known).
This quilt is from about 1977 and we lived in Florida then. I made this as our family beach quilt. Four of us, ice chests, strollers, diaper bags, beach toys, towels and other stuff fit nicely on the quilt.
Mickey Mouse fabric was from one of the shirts I made my husband. I was going to go looking for pics of him in that shirt for proof but was too lazy to go through old photos.
That flowery print was what I used to recover a chair I bought at auction. Hey, it was the 70s! Anyway, it was a small chair and the fabric was probably too light weight but it is a little heavier than regular cotton and I'm sure it was a good price because we weren't exactly rolling in the dough back then.
I estimated this as vintage 1977 because I see some little girl fabrics in the quilt and my daughter had some little dresses and sun suits made from some of the fabrics in this quilt. (Actually this really isn't truly a quilt by the strictest definition of quilt but as far as I'm concerned it's a quilt) . We moved back to IA in 1979 and used this quilt for a couple of years at the beach so 1977 it is. Again I have some pics of my daughter in clothes made from some of these fabrics. And strangely enough...that brown calico sure looks like some fabric I just picked up for about $3 yd on clearance.
To make this I cut (with good old fashioned scissors) the scraps into what looks like about 2.5 inch strips I had marked with pencil and ruler. I sewed those strips together (by color I guess. Wasn't that fancy?) into long strips and sewed them to an old sheet using the sew a strip, flip, sew a strip, flip method to attach to the sheet. I don't remember where I got that green plaid I used for binding...maybe from my step mom?
I actually didn't pay any attention to what types of fabric I used...there's different weights and types; seersuckers and gauzy and some cotton/rayon blends.
The old sheet I used on the back is yellowing now. You can see it was old to begin with. I put a few "band aids" on the holes that were in the sheet and I didn't even bother to cut off the doubled over fabric of the sheet. Remember, I wanted a quilt to spread out on the sandy beach.
Ok. Here's the part where I show you this was actually made from scraps left over from clothes I made. See that purple strip there? And below it, on top of the quilt you can see...
...the shirt I made (and actually wore) with that fabric. Go ahead and laugh. Yes, I still have it. I have a lot of the cotton shirts I made stored in a box to cut up and use someday in something. I used to cut them down and make things for my daughter until she grew up. I think that shirt has shrunk about three sizes (or is it just me)?
Yes, I'm a hoarder. An improv hoarder.
Do you have an improv story?