Saturday, May 23, 2015

Denim Update

******Important Update: As of December 31, 2015 this pattern will be available only in my Etsy Shop - LucysQuilts******


On Saturday, December 12, 2009, I wrote a post on this blog about the denim quilts I have made. I have been amazed at the number of quilters who wanted the pattern. As Facebook gained popularity with some of us 'older folks' and Pinterest took off that number just kept going up. At first it was a few people a month who either emailed me or left a comment with their email address, then a few a week. Then I was asked by Marina and Daryl at Quilt Inspiration if they could do a post and they did. Then things really picked up! There would be days when I got 10 or more and I knew that someone new had pinned a picture on Pinterest. About a week ago someone posted a photo on the Quilt Along with Pat Sloan Facebook Group page and requests shot up once again. I was looking for the picture thread there today though and it seems to have been deleted. Not sure what that is about.

Anyway, since 2009 I have gotten over 1100 comments on the blog post and probably at least another 1000 emails with requests for the pattern. Which means I have sent the pattern to more than 2000 quilters in the us and around the world! Crazy, to think about! 

Unfortunately, some comments did not include an email address so I was unable to fulfill the requests. I also moderate comments as I was getting a lot of spam. Because of this there is a delay before a comment is posted so some people commented more than once thinking it didn't work. I usually only publish one comment per person in those cases. Also, if you don't want your inbox filled with comments from other folks make sure you check your settings.

I have changed the pattern slightly over the years and my latest version has a new size added to it (60" X 80"). I have tried to add more information to the pattern to answer some of the questions I have received from folks over the years. The most commonly asked questions is whether you should add seam allowance to the measurements I have given and the answer is a resounding NO! It is included in the 2", 4", 6", etc. Also, the strips ARE cut 1" wide.

I have never charged for the pattern, but I have given folks information about making donations to a couple of charities. First it was Relay for Life to help fight cancer, but more recently I have asked for donations to Lutheran World Relief. Lutheran World Relief is an organization that helps people all around the world by providing quilts, soap, personal care kits, school kits, layettes and sewing kits to people with nothing. They also have a program working to fight malaria and a program to provide people and villages with livestock, wells, schools, etc. I am very proud of the work they do all over the world. They are currently on the ground in Nepal following the devastating earthquakes there. 

In March, when my husband and I took our two oldest grandchildren to the east coast we were able to visit one of the LWR warehouses in Maryland and the kids were able to watch as they squished quilts and wrapped them in bales to prepare them for shipping.
The quilt folding area and pallets
with bales of quilts.
Almost done making a bale.
Folding the quilts to be baled.
Weighing a bale.


Here is a link if you are interested in learning more or would like to donate click here: Donate to LWR To donate in my honor you will need my mailing address: Alicia Wells, PO Box 596, Olalla WA 98359.

In the email that I send out with the pattern I also have asked quilters to send me pictures of quilts they have made using the pattern and here are..
A two-piece cover for the couch
in Marilyn's motor home.

Rhoda in South Dakota made this
one along with the next two.
Made from Crown Royal bags

From Karin in the UK. She said that she enjoyed cutting the pieces and figuring out the layout but the quilting was a bit daunting so she put it in the cupboard for a while to percolate and then finished it in one day!
The quilting is fun on this one by Virginia
Birgit's version
She added rows to make it larger.
This one is from Judith.
This one is from Michelle
who added an extra row
to make it long enough
for her son.
From Cindy
Memory Quilt made by Glenda
Becky made this for a raffle.
She wasn't happy with the way it
turned out but I think it is great!
This is one started at the class
I did for my quilt guild.
This one has wider sashing.
Becky did it as a Quilt As You Go.
Here is a shot of the back
Susan used decorative stitching
for the quilting on the strips
on this test sample.
Phyllis used a maroonish red for the strips

Linda made this for
her granddaughter, Amanda.
Phil did this larger adaptation,
saying, "the quilt was surprisingly
easier than I expected it to be."
This one is a work in progress
from a first time quilter.
Jackie made this for her grandson.
 I think he likes it.
Sandra added extra rows
and used red for sashing.
From Jennifer
Can you see the darker 'bat' shape in there? 
This is Susan from Australia
showing the quilt she made
for her son using his jeans.
Mary made this king size top

using some added bits of lace and 
some buttons along with blocks 
from various embroidered 
denim shirts, jackets and jumpers.
Melissa made this one
and embroidered a squirrel,
her god-daughter's name
and her college name.
Ann made this one using
platinum strips and added
some pillow shams for her son.


This is Theresa's WIP for her
daughter with an Americana theme.

These pictures really show the versatility of this pattern! I am currently working (when I get a chance) on using up all the denim I have. I am guessing I have enough to make 10-20 or more quilts using the new 60" X 80" pattern.

So, if after reading this update you want the updated pattern, either comment and give me your email address or click on View My Profile on the right and then click on Email Me on the left.


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Wanda said...

Very beautiful, could I get a copy of the pattern please. rocknrail@live.com or gustavowmf@gmail.com

Nana_Di said...

I'd love a copy to please - great way to use old demin.

thanks so much
dibold60@gmail.com

kathleen said...

Thank you for your posts and photos and for making the pattern available. I know someone living in a group home who would love it. The back strips between the denim squares really tie it together and make it 'snap'. Thank you for sharing.
My email is:
middlenamecaoimhe@gmail.com

Janet said...

Seems like I am one of those Moms with a stack of jeans. The kids just moved out to university and a new apartment. I cannot send these to Goodwill - I would rather quilt and send a donation. I would love your pattern - thanks for sharing!

Sweet Melissa said...

I love this -please send the pattern to cavetone59@comcast.net.
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of your quilt pattern. I have a large bin full of denim jeans waiting to be made into a quilt. Thanks for sharing! lehalll@comcast.net

Robin Childs said...

Please send me a copy of your denim quilt pattern. Thank you, Robin
email to: sweetpearossbaby@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi... would love to have a copy of your denmin pattern so that I could make one of these for my daughter.... Just love it. pls email mercieram@sympatico.ca

thank you!!!

vehement said...

Good day, Lucy. Please send me the pattern. Thank you!!
vehement@rambler.ru
Tanya

Светлана Иванченко said...

Dear Lucy, I really liked your template and blankets are turned. I have a lot of old jeans and it's a good idea where to use them. You did an amazing job and it's very nice of you to share with people. Please send me your pattern and. In advance thank you.
Svetlana
vanjok-svetlana@mail.ru

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Very nice quilts...Thanks for sharing..

Anonymous said...

Oh this is fantastic. I have been acquiring halloween fabric for a while now. This would be awesome for my grandson
Debbiej403@gmail.com

ShellBell said...

I would love to try this! It is GORGEOUS!
shellyfiscus@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please send me your denim quilt pattern, I cant wait to get started. janscloudmail@me.com

Lis Binns said...

I love the variations that have been made to this pattern. Please may I have a copy of the pattern - I started making bags from old jeans and have a lot of 'legs' left after using the top part for the bags. Lis (lissieb@gmail.com)

VERA ZANON said...

Please send me a pattern.
Thanks,
verazanon04@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This denim quilt is beautiful, would you please email the pattern, Djborgerding@cox.net, thanks

Mindy said...

I can see how you can make 100 different quilts from this pattern.So many choices It was fun seeing all the different pictures but it gave me to many choices. I'm leaning towards denim fabric with red sashing, but I never really know until I sit down and start it. Please send me the pattern. sayemindy@yahoo.com Thank you.

Sini Hakkarainen said...

Hey! I just love the pattern and idea!

Can i also have the pattern? My email adress is sini.hakk (at) gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for a copy of the pattern. I am a team leader for our local Relay for Life. I intend to make a quilt or our raffle - and maybe one for me :) Thanks so much!!
darla@thomas-cpa.com

slylady88 said...

I would like the denim pattern please. My email address is dean.schley@gmail.com

I can't wait to get started on one.

Thank you so much.


Judy said...

May I please have the pattern for your blue jean quilt? I have been saving jeans for years and this is just what I need. Thank you for your generosity.
My email: pcco6@comcast.net

Amy Recor said...

I'd love to receive this beautiful pattern please. amy_recor@hotmail.com

Lea Chancey said...

I would love to have your Denim quilt pattern. I haven't quilted in a few years, but this is a pattern that makes me want to jump back into my fabric bin and see what I can come up with. I love the look of the denim! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, and for inspiring so many of your followers.

Lea.chancey@gmail.com

Lea

Anonymous said...

Would love to have the denim pattern it is a beautiful quilt. Could you please send the pattern to awagen85@gmail.com hoping to start the quilt soon. Thank you. A.W.

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of your pattern. Been collecting jeans for awhile now.

ppasjm@aol.com

By the way, I've made a few school, health and sewing kits for LWR! Very good project.


Patty V

Kathy G said...

Love your quilts! Please send pattern to Hogs549@gmail.com. Thanks so much

Pam Mueller said...

ooh I LOVE this pattern! I have made three denim quilts, so far, using jeans from loved ones. I look at the different colors and fondly remember the person that wore them. This pattern will help me use up some of the smaller pieces of denim I have laying around.
pam.mueller6@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of your denim pattern. my email is nwest50@hotmail.com
thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this pattern. I can't wait to make my first denim quilt. Please send the pattern to: nicoly1962@yahoo.com.

Maggie Merry said...

I love this pattern! I am already a big fan of jean quilts. Please send pattern to mag3141592654@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love all the great photos of this quilt pattern. Please send the pattern so I too can make this quilt for my nieces and nephews. Thank you! :) k8482519@yahoo.com

Susan H Lovett said...

I've been saving jeans for 30 years, the material was just too good to throw out. I now have 11 grandchildren, and with your quit pattern, I think I know what to do with them! Thank you for your generosity in sharing the pattern! Please e-mail to susanhlovett@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please, Please, Please! I think it's the only design my nephew would like - really would appreciate a copy of your denim pattern. Thank you. faith.
faiths_inspirations@yahoo.com

Gina Koston said...

Hello! WOW...I am amazed by the number of comments and such over your jean quilt! I had requested a copy of your pattern 2 years ago, and you sent it to me, but I can't find it since I packed for a move, and I've had a request by a relative to make a jean quilt. Your pattern is the one I'd really like to make, and I was hoping you'd be willing to resend your pattern to me. I am so very sorry for misplacing my printed copy. It's packed away in a tub somewhere in storage. :( I will understand if you don't wish to send it my way again. I know how overwhelming it can be to have to try and keep up with all the requests.
I sure do love seeing all the different versions of your pattern in each of the posted pictures above! SO very neat!
Thank you in advance!
Gina... GinasCustomCreations@yahoo.com

Natalie Siddiqui said...

I'd really love the pattern. I'm going to make a memorial quilt for my friend whos grandfather passed away .

Nataliesiddiqui@gmail.com

Cathy said...

No wonder there is such a huge response, this quilt is adorable and so versatile. Please could I get a copy of the pattern as well? thanks
Coweta@bellsouth.net

Sanet Smith said...

This is absolute a beauty..... Plase can you send me the pattern - onlysanet@gmail.com
Thank you

Unknown said...

Hello what a beautiful quilt, may I please have the pattern. I am making a denim weighted quilt for my granddaughter. Thank you. franhosker@gmail.com

Marie Misgen said...

Love your pattern and all the work you have done!! Please send me a cope of the pattern?! Thank you for your generous spirit!
Marie Misgen
mariemisgen@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love this pattern! Would you please send me a copy? My address is cynthia.koziol.white@gmail.com

Thank you and can't wait to start work on this!!!

Anonymous said...

Please, may I have a copy of your denim pattern. My kids are outgrowing their jeans at a crazy rate and I am so pleased to find a good use for them! Thank you, jsahmad@live.de

Amy said...

May I please have your pattern for the denim quilt? We have been collecting jeans for decades with the intent of making a quilt. I look forward to making this. Thank you for sharing your talents with those of us that are more challenged. amyhq@hotmail.com

Carole Wolfe said...

I can't even imagine the time invested in all those quilts you have pictured. Please may I have the pattern. You have given me some wonderful ideas.

Anonymous said...

the quilts are beautiful !! could you please send me the pattern also gottenold@yahoo.com thank you in advance Dee

Anonymous said...

I think I have found the denim quilt pattern I want to use! It's beautiful...would you please send a copy of your denim pattern to meadowzoo@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern! I'd like to give it a try!
weber_alice1@hotmail.com
From Belgium! :-)

chris wills said...

Looks like a fun quilt! Please forward me the pattern. Hay_is_for_horses@hotmail.com
Thank you so much!

Jessica said...

Hi, I was wondering if it's still possible to get this pattern? Email is kon_tiki12@yahoo.com.
Thank you so much!

Beverley McIver said...

Four months ago our daughter and her family were in a tragic motor vehicle accident. Her husband and baby girl were killed. She has recently given me her husbands jeans and a couple baby blankets in hopes that I could create a quilt that she and the surviving little boys could have to remember their Daddy and baby sister. Before seeing your jean quilt I had not found anything I really was interested in doing. However, now that I have seen this quilt I can't imagine doing anything else. We have donated money to STARS (the air ambulance) that transferred our little grand-daughter to the Children's Hospital in hopes of saving her life. I thought I had sent a request to you two weeks ago, but have heard nothing back. I must have done something wrong. I would love to have this pattern soon so I can have the quilt finished for Christmas. Thank you so much for your inspiration!!!
Please send the pattern to my email address bev.mciver@gmail.com
Beverley McIver, Alberta Canada

Robinhill said...

I absolutely love this pattern and would love a copy of it. I have a pile of jeans from my grandchildren that are just waiting to be made into this quilt! Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. <3 denisehill818@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful idea! I would love to have the pattern. My email address is Shineon17@yahoo.com.
Thank you, Denise

Anonymous said...

I would love to make this quilt for my best friends wedding. My email is jbubert@gmail.com if you are still sending the patten out. Thank you so much!

Gail Ann said...

Hello,

I would love to have a copy. I purchase the 6 inch blocks from Mennonite Central Committee, in PA. Their ReUzit shops sell 200 6 inch squares, plus 6 pockets, in a bundle for $20. Each package makes a twin size comforter. Volunteers cut donated clothing that can't be sold due to holes, stains, etc. into the squares.

I've always stitched the squares together. I've never tried a stained glass effect. I have found that a 1/2 inch allowance is better when sewing them together. It just makes matching the seams easier.

Thank-you for the pattern.

Gail Ann
gail.ann.fuller@gmail.com

Betty Cook said...

I am so inspired by your pattern and all the photos. It was so much fun to scroll through them. What creative and fun people. I would love a copy of the pattern.
abco6163@gmail.com

Unknown said...

May I please have a copy of this beautiful pattern?

Mzzsz10z@cox.net

Jodie said...

I would love to have a copy of your denim quilt pattern. I have made a couple of denim quilts but it's time for another one before the denim takes over the studio. I just love the look of the ones posted.
Thank You!
jodieloven@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

This is awesome, please could I have the pattern, thank you so much corrietoyota@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Please send me the pattern. I have looked at this so many times & I have a Grandson graduating next May. Thank you so much!
chari.crowdis@gmail.com

linda thompson said...

I love love love your quilt. I have sent your link to all my quilting friends and everyone else I know.....You do a wonderful job. Please send me the pattern and I can get started...I quilt for terminal children and for abused children in Conroe, TX. email is: lindathompson218@yahoo.com

teresa said...

Absolutely love this pattern. Would please send it on to me?
Thank you so very much
teresasundeen@gmail.com

I had a problem emailing from the profile page,too.

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of your denim pattern, please. I have squares cut and ready to sew!

email: trishagvogrinec@gmail.com

Thanks

Trisha

KathLynn Roundy said...

I would love to get a copy of your pattern!! I want to make some of these for Christmas presents:) Can you please send it to kathlynn.roundy@gmail.com. Thank you so much for sharing!

Dandy Quilter said...

So very cool denim quilts.
I would love to try my hand at making one of these.
Please send the pattern when you have a moment to
N2gadgets@AOL.COM
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

Ann said...

Hello! Thanks for the lovely pictures of all the quilts. I have made rag quilts out of denim before. The one I made was sentimental. After my dear Father-in-Law passed away, my Mum-in-Law gave me all his jeans.... so I started cutting and adding to squares I had already cut from my Hubby's and eldest sons jeans. Three generations in one rag quilt!! It turned out great and has been claimed by my eldest son, he loves it. I would love to try your pattern though, would you kind enough to please send me a copy via email at:

annbrent88@gmail.com

Many Thanks Ann :)

Anonymous said...

Wow. I love this pattern. May I please have a copy of both the updated and the original version. Thank you so much. My email is queen_sarahmarie@yahoo.dk

Anonymous said...

May I please have a copy of your denim quilt pattern? My email is jeanniestade@gmail.com Thank you!

Tami said...

This would be great for my 6'5" boys! Would love both patterns please. Any tips for a newbie are welcome as well ;)
Many blessings,
Tami
7nickels98@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great use of denim! Could you please send me the pattern? jodileeolson@yahoo.com

Thank you - Jodi

Anonymous said...

The pictures of all the quilts is truly an inspiration. I would love to have a copy of your pattern. the idea of donating to "pay it forward" is terrific.

Please email to dmrobson95@gmail.com

Many thanks.


Anonymous said...

Would love a copy of the denim pattern! boogersboys@gmail.com

Thank you!

Janet Helmick said...

Beautiful! I would love to have the pattern. I am new to quilting, and very inspired by these quilts.

Thank you,
Janet Helmick
janet_helmick@comcast.net

Tammy Vara said...

Hi. May I please ask you to resend me the pattern? I misplaced the first one. TIA My email is mstaken26@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I would love this pattern. kreedy77@gmail.com

Janene Williames said...

I love the photos of all the variations of the quilt pattern you have provided. It must bring you great joy to know your impact around the world. Many people for many generations will enjoy these quilts made from jeans that have walked numerous people's lives and carried their memories. Could I please have a copy of your quilt pattern. Janene from Australia. Janene@williames.com

Anonymous said...

May I have the pattern? Its my favorite I've seen! monicajwoods@hotmail.com

George Staley said...

I would love to receive the updated pattern for your demin quilt. Thank you for making it available. My email address is and I live in British Columbia. Many thanks.

linda thompson said...

WONDERFUL PICT. AND KIDS. PLEASE SEND ME A COPY OF YOUR PATTERN. LINDATHOMPSON218@YAHOO.COM GOD BLESS YOU LINDA

Anonymous said...

Would love to have your denim pattern as I have several pairs of denim jeans. Thanks joycesaunders@earthlink.net.

Betty Hall said...

I would love to be able to join in and make this beautiful stained glass denim quilt (best of both worlds!) Please send me your patter: bhall5624@gmailcom Thank you for your generosity!

Jami Harwood said...

I would love to have a copy of the pattern please. My email is stampwithjami@gmail.com
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am a new quilter and I love this pattern. Thank you for sharing this design. Please send the pattern to: nursetd@yahoo.com

Stitches said...

I have several shelves of denim jeans that I need to use up and your pattern would be a great pattern to use. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern, you are an angel. My email is stitches@iowatelecom.net

Jan Truchot said...

I would love a copy of your pattern! Thank you for your generosity!

Jantruchot@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of this amazing pattern! smlayer.whelan@gmail.com

Tiffany Horselooking said...

Please send me a copy of your denim pattern. I love it!!!

tiffers4296@gmail.com

Thank you so much!
Tiffany

Lonna Price said...

I would LOVE to make a couple of these for my grandkids. Thank you for sharing the pattern. Feels like Christmas! kitaralp2008@gmail.com Again, thank you.

Debbie said...

What a great idea! I would love a copy of your update denim pattern. Thank you for sharing. My email address Is: debhadd@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Love it, would like to give it a try. Marilyn@usconnect.net

Lilian Tigerstrand Olander said...

Love every one, please can you send me one pattern. Tank you.
liliantolander@telia.com

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern could you please email it to me juliel1010@yahoo.com thank you.

Sue R said...

Hi, Absolutely love this pattern. Thinking of the unlimited variations that could be made. Could I have a copy of the pattern please. mrsquilting@gmail.com Thanks in advance, Sue R

Anonymous said...

Would you please E-mail both patterns I have lots of jeans. Address is salcat@ hometelco.net
Thank you very much.

Jeanette Jeanette said...

If you have a moment to share your pattern I would ne most grateful to receive a copy. Thank you for the inspiration and generosity. jeanette827@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Love your denim quilt!! It looks so polished, unlike other denims that I've seen. I would love to have your pattern if you are still sending it out. My email is ANGEL2468@sbcglobal.net Thank you in advance!
Lori Hukill

Anonymous said...

I just started quilting and your denim pattern looks like something I can manage. I would appreciate it if you email me the pattern at Sharjo62@hotmail.com. Will this work for non denim fabric? Thank you

Kari Lippert said...

Now I know why I've been saving denim! Please send me your pattern ourmotherslove@gmail.com

Sam said...

Lovely pattern Lucy! I would love to make this. samalberts@live.ca
Www.quiltingcurve.blogspot.ca

Buddy said...

Love the pattern! It's been a while, but if it's still available, I would love it! bholly3232@gmail.com

Sherrie Baker said...

I would love to have your pattern too. Thank you for this!
Sherrie.baker1959@gmail.com

Betsy Sullens said...

I would love to have a copy of your pattern if you are still giving it out. I've had Crown Royal bags for about 3 years now from my son who has asked for a quilt. I just never knew what kind I wanted to make him until I saw yours. I am amazed that your kindness and getting it out to people. My email address is betsyirene56@gmail.com. thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love this
I would love the pattern please

wendicable@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Hey may I have the pattern.... your amazing!!! cyberkisses@gmail.com

Cbmorency328 Morency said...

I am from the west and old denim jeans are a plenty if I could have this pattern I would make one for my nephew. thanks sso very much. Chris

chrisbmore328@gmail.com

Jody Forbush said...

I'd love to have the new quilt pattern. jo4bush@gmail.com
The older pattern that I used for my 1st quilting foray sure has gotten a lot of compliments. I am always happy to referrence the pattern and recommend your site. Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright's stained glass windows. Please send pattern to me:. ldrendel@cjtf.org

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the pattern. I have made a denim quilt using a modified cathedral quilt pattern but still have denim to use up. Me email address is. Peh46@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Would love this pattern my email is owe2jo@aol.com thank you

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilts ~ the denim with black Kona is my favorite. What is "Kona"?
I too would love to have your pattern as I've quite a stash of old jeans waiting for a project like this. Thank you! val435@sasktel.net

Monica Shahatit said...

I really want to try a denim quilt, and found the stained glass so beautiful. Could I get the pattern from you, or is it too late? All of the ones people have sent you after getting the pattern, are just so awesome. I will hope mine comes out half as good as everyone son here.
Mmshahatit@gmail.com

Jill n2jlc@yahoo.com said...

Wow, now I know what to do with my box of cut up blue jeans. I could not bear to throw them out. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration. May I please get a copy of your pattern? Thanks. n2jlc@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love the pattern I have been looking for a great project for my stash...ploetz03@gmail.com

Rebecca Sanders said...

Can't wait to try this denim quilt love the way everyone's is a little different please send me the pattern my email is kanga7575@gmail.com
Will send you pix as soon as I am finished

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