Thursday, 18 February 2010

A good blue day.





I have been making this beast for months and it is finally finished. Made from thrifted and gifted pairs of jeans and mattress ticking from a second hand shop, it cost me practically nothing except blood sweat and toil. Literal blood - my softy knitter's fingers were unprepared for the hardship of sewing without a thimble. At one point I needed to call upon Archie's pliers to help me through three layers of fabric.

The crockery in the picture were the templates for the circles that I embroidered in my own sashiko-ish way. One dinner plate, a side plate, and a bowl that my chum Marianne had brought one day filled with cholcolate brownies and I'd failed to return.


I like it very much. So much that I ran outside and threw it in the snow so that I could take some snazzy pictures. The light was blue with cold and so was I.

13 comments:

tattie-bogle said...

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Heather said...

Love the idea of a jeans quilt! And, for what it's worth, I would keep forgetting to return a pretty bowl like that too.

Lyn said...

I really like this, it look modern and fresh!
Love
Lyn
xxx

redfear said...

So beautiful, classic yet modern. Luv it!

tattie-bogle said...

And of course I meant to say, beautiful quilt!

purlewe said...

Oh I love this!

lizzcorner said...

Fantastic! I love the subtle tones and the embroidered circles!

Louisa said...

Turned out beautiful! And I love the little red ties for contrast. Hope your fingers will recuperate. I've found the best thimbles are little leather and plastic Japanese ones shaped like a ring from Clover. I make the knot tighter so they stay on my tiny finger. Cheap too.

Or these would be cool: http://www.temarikai.com/yubinuki/yubinukigeneral01.html

kat said...

sewing through denim and mattress ticking! ouch.
it looks great though and will last forever.

Aponi said...

Beautiful blanket! You'll eventually forget about the pain! LOL!

nike said...
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TD wool design said...

nothing better than blue and white and i LOVE ticking! nice work. sorry about the fingers :(

Hazel Terry said...

Jeni, Very lovely quilt well done, love the wee dashes of red, wonderful