Last month I fell behind in the quilt challenge I always do. I had no time. Crazy enough to find out the lady who runs the challenge was like me, busy! So she extended it a month!! I participate in Presimon Dreams Project Quilt every month where she gives a challenge. So for September and October the challenge was "An Apple a day...." At first I thought an apple project. Then I thought about keeping a doctor away. I did not know wat to do. But then I went digging in my boxes to find something and found my forgotten about box of jean scraps. I bought the box out of a fabric swap group. There was enough to make an entire quilt.
So a few weeks ago every time I was cooking or doing something In the kitchen, I cut the scraps into 6 1/2 inch squares. I have a cutting mat I leave on the kitchen island and when I can't leave the pot it's the perfect thing to do! Jean is not an easy thing to cut. It takes time and wears your hand out!
I decided to do a basic quilt. I just sewed all the blocks together. I did not pay attention to shades. Some squares are dirty or a little holie but that built character. The lines were hard to keep straight due to thickness but it looks good. I then only added a layer of flannel to the inside instead of batting because my husband doesn't like to be too hot. I used a tan with white dots on the back for no reason but I didn't have too much fabric that was manly. The binding is done in a bluish green that was on top of a pile. I made a quilt tag on the back out of a jean square and a piece if the binding fabric using the stitches off my Janome Horizon.
So back to why I chose the jeans!! I feel that an apple a day keeps a man at play or an apple a day keeps a man working!! Today is my husbands birthday And this quilt is for him. Before today there is only one quilt in my house that I own that I made. I give them all away. My family is now saying where is mine so this will make two out of three needed.
I wanted this quilt to be one that could get dirty and I be ok with it. My family lives in the yard. They love working on things and driving tractors. I try to feed them the healthy fruits and vegetables that we grow or we buy locally and I believe it keeps them healthy so they can play and work. So my quilt will be called "Working Mans Blues"! Hoping my husband likes it!