Our friends Andy and Hope got married earlier this year in a wonderful ceremony on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Everything was just beautiful--low key but full of love.
Weddings are tough for me, largely because of the expense of a gift. I usually can't afford to get something off the gift registry. I thought and thought and thought about what to get Hope and Andy and finally decided to make them a quilt.
I used five pairs of jeans. Four came from LB and one (the darkest) from me. I particularly like the hickory stripe jeans border. That particular pair had been ripped down the front of one leg, so I really had to do a lot of piecing, especially on the last strip in order to get enough fabric. Still, I love to see piecing on a quilt--to me, it tells a story.
Here's the story of this quilt:
I went with a long cabin pattern because Hope and Andy bought some rural property in the foothills of the Ozarks and are developing it.
Andy plays the stand-up bass, so I inserted a little scrap of vintage square dance fabric.
He met Hope at a dance, so I put her in too. Hope is prettier though.
Finally, I put a block for the two of them dancing at the center of the log cabin.
I didn't use any batting because the denim is already fairly heavy. Hope works for an environmental firm, so I knew she wouldn't mind some paint splatters and spots on LB's jeans. I hate the idea of working so hard on a project only to have the recipients decide it's too nice to use.
For the backing, I used some vintage blue and green fabric (circa early '60s, I think) a friend gave me. I've got lots and lots of this fabric, so I expect it to show up in future quilts too.
On the back, I signed the quilt by appliqueing on a pocket from the hickory stripe jeans.
I wish them both much happiness.