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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

They just don't make clothes like they used to......

I had no response to my email for the address for the hotpad to go to Linda
(May 2011)

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Loved your tutorial, it looks super easy! I'd love to have one made with reds

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G'day everyone...... it is so wonderful to be here at Madame Samm's again to chat with you all......

First things first.... fill up your favourite teacup or coffee mug..... there's a LOT of pictures and you may need some sustenance.....


- of course some of us may like something stronger  - as we are coming into winter down under and it is SO NICE to add a little something to my coffee..... (and I'm not talking about a bit of vanilla!!) but that really depends if it is an appropriate time of day....

Well, I am Fiona and I live at BubzRugz..... I met lots of you last time I was here and we did some QAYG... we had such fun.....

.... before we get started would you like a slice of cake with your tea/coffee/water....


excellent - wash your hands please

Today we are going to do another type of Quilt As You Go


What do you think?  Looks like fun

A bit of a Cathedral window look isn't it?

I just want to let you know this is not my own original idea... I saw it a few years ago (before my blog days) but I have no idea where I found it or what it is called... If you recognise it as yours let me know.... and take a bow.... wonderful

Go look in your cupboard and see what you can find

I just want to whisper something personal

I have found recently that clothes are just not what they used to be
they SHRINK dreadfully - and its not just my clothes, Hubz's have been shrinking too!!!

it really is most annoying and I don't like waste so I have been keeping jeans and cotton shirts


So this weekend I pulled out a pair of these shrunk jeans and a shirt


I'm sure I don't need to show you how to cut up the trousers and shirt

 - just remove hems, zips, buttons, pockets etc for this project -
.... you can keep any of those if you like....

(my apologies but the shirt above has not shrunk (YET) and it just came to help with the photograph....... 
as you can see I have some pre-cut old shirt


You are going to need 4" squares from the shirt fabric

and circles for the backing denim

the secret to this is that the square must fit into the circle.... like so


that will be the size to cut for the denim......
For a 4" square you need about 6" diameter..

 I made a template from wadding as I found it easier but you can of course draw around the template.... I don't make rules.... only suggestions.... 

So of course if you have 5" charm squares you want to use don't chop them up .. just make a bigger circle


Make a nice pile of these.... from one pair of jeans (minus pocket areas, zip areas, seams, torn knees, hems etc) I cut 21 circles....
That may not sound very much but I did tell you these jeans had shrunk!!!

From the shirt I got a WHOLE PILE of 4" squares..... much more than I will need today....


So now we have a nice pile of squares and a nice pile of circles

Do you keep the bits of wadding that you trim off the quilt before binding?

I do
and they are perfect for this project


Cut 4" squares (or whatever the size of your square)
(I cut 17 because I am making what a can from a pair of jeans) and as I wanted to use some of the squares for a hotpotmat I cut 4 from Insulbrite


Oh you noticed my view from my sewing room and the birds at the feeder


You'd like to sit and watch them a bit? No worries - we can have a little snack


Crispy sourdough bread with roasted cherry tomatoes and melted camembert cheese, a few yummy olives and a glass of your favourite....

That's better.... now we can start stitching....
...wash your hands please..

Place two circles right sides together

you are going to sew along the edge where the side of the square will sit.... I used a square as a guide
but of course if you prefer to draw lines go right ahead.....


stitch the circles together


open it out and this is how it fits


get those seams down tidily
I like this little gadget
but of course if you prefer to press with the iron you have my blessing


join a bunch of 'pairs' then you can start joining them together.
make sure the seam lines fit together neatly
sew the blocks together


you now have a set of four


add the wadding and a square and tuck it into the seam lines


and the squares would fit like this


you can also sew longer strips
depending on what you make


pin down your fabric and the top and then start stitching the tops down
lots of pins.... be careful
blood on fabric is not a good look


here I have sewn as per raw edge applique....


here I used button hole stitch in a contrast colour


even the back looks fun


single blocks look cute too


I pair of jeans, 21 blocks .......


you can see I have left two sides open... I am going to add more squares - I want this to be a bath mat and I like BIG mats......

don't forget to keep your strength up

coffee anyone?


Cream and jam scones are on the counter..


Did you like those?
... wash your hands please...

The four patch is now a hotpotmat (with Insulbrite)
here's the back and the front


If you'd like a hotpotmat like this let me know... just leave a comment here then pop over and visit me HERE at my house and tell me what colour you would like with the jeans  

Mr Random will choose someone on Saturday morning (Australia time) and I'll make you up your own special jeans hotpotmat

Handmade and pre-shrunk

Can you believe it?  I bought some new jeans 2 months ago and they have shrunk too!!

Lovely chatting with you all, now if you'll excuse me but we've got roast chook (that's Australian for chicken) for dinner ...


G'day


editors note....thanks Fiona....can always count on you for many smiles....

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104 comments:

  1. You are so funny! I thoroughly enjoyed your post. The project is great. I have some jeans that have shrunk too!
    I have one question. What is "chook"?

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  2. I think this would make and absolutely perfect picnic blanket, beautiful and durable! Thanks for such a lovely idea. And as for all that food. Recipe's please!

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  3. The tutorial is great! I will use that one someday, for sure.

    Thanks, too, for the giveaway chance. Non-fattening, except in the "to-do" list department.

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  4. I really enjoyed this and the view from your sewing room but my favorite part was, "Wash your hands, please"! Roast chook? I will be going to Google to find out about that.

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  5. i enjoyed and saved your writings on Stash manicure, thank you. I have never heard of this book, would be excited to be a receiver of this nice giveaway. But whomever wins it will have a weath of info.

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  6. Fiona, you are awesome! What a fun quilt. And your food breaks were so fun! You were making me jealous with all your yummy goodies. :) Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.

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  7. Great post Fiona, I've eaten so much I need to go for a walk now lol, thanks for the tutorial.

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  8. Fiona what a great idea for a quilt i love the way it goes together,thankyou for a great tutorial

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  9. Chook is Australian for Chicken..

    Love ya Fiona, love your chat, and all your goodies.

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  10. What a fun post! Great project!! And now, thanks to this wonderful post, I am seriously craving some scones and jam with cream. LOL!

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  11. What a fun, fabulous post Fiona - you are such a hoot and I am loving this project! Now I want all my old skinny jeans back. I'll never throw away another pair!!!! I think I have the perfect vintage sheet for the squares....

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  12. Fiona I wish you didn't live on the other side of the world so that I could enjoy your company over a cup of tea. I would also love a bite of that chook. Perhaps you could share your recipe. It looks yummy.

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  13. If there is something that gets my old grey matter moving it is a challenge, I think I have got it so off to the ragbag .

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  14. What a delightful post! I missed the earlier one and had to go back and read it, too! This is a fun project and perfect for MY stash of shrunken jeans. Thank you!

    sheryl

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  15. what a great idea! We must buy our jeans from the same place because mine shrink too! What's going on with that?

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  16. Thank you for reminding me of this technique, Fiona.....it's been on my "to try" list for quite a while, but has been pushed to the bottom!

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  17. A great tutorial..thank you..and all that food and hospitality!

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  18. I'm very new to quilting and always looking for techniques to help me along the way. This is awesome! I blame the washing powder for my jeans 'shrinking', so have a few pairs hiding in the wardrobe. Don't like to look at them too often as I get the urge to 'diet' ugg horrible word. Just love this tutorial. Easy enough for this newbie to do.
    Thanks so much and hoping the freebie comes my way.
    Hugz

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  19. Fiona, you had me laughing out loud as I read your post. Awesome tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Thanks for the great tutorial. Now all I have to do is find the time to put it into practice.

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  21. I really enjoyed reading your post, Fiona. Oh, and that chook looks really yummy!

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  22. I love this idea, thank you so much.

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  23. that looks great Fiona! Is it ok if I stay for dinner and just sit and watch you do it again, oh I'll help with the leftover sponge too!
    I'll bring the wine.

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  24. Wonderful post and tutorial Fiona, whay a really clever idea. As for all the yummies, they were very enjoyable as well.

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  25. This is a great recycle project, but I would leave the batt (wadding) out as I think it would make it too heavy. Very nice tutorial with great photos to help - and the food was a delight. Yes, I would love the roast chook recipe, too. Thank you Fiona,MSamm and FSB Associates (sponsor).

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  26. What a great technique. I'm going to give it a go, but first, I must find those shrunken jeans
    ;o)

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  27. thanks for that tutorial must go and raid the cupboard and drawers it would make a great blanket to keep in the car.

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  28. Great tutorial Fiona. You know that all my clothes shrunk after the last tutorial so I am all set for this one.

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  29. Excellent post Fiona. I've seen this design in the NZ Quilter I brought while home in December for Christmas 2010. I love the idea of using it to make bath mats. Your hospitality with the yummy food & drink is much appreciated too! Tracee xx

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  30. Fiona, I love your jean and shirt project. I have a question though. What's wadding I think that's what you called it. Is that what we call backing. and if so ... why? I have a lot of jeans left over from a couple of quilts I made eariler and I would love one of your coffee pot holders

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  31. It reminds me of the cathedral windows
    pattern. To cute! Thanks!

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  32. Your blog post was very informative AND entertaining! Thanks.

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  33. Good Morning Fiona...as noted, smiles, and sweet cravings, "what's with that" lol. I really like this tut, and for a throw for summer picnics ideal....I don't have anything that durable and something like this, has fashion sense too...you are adorable in every way...did you know that? lol

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  34. I have a bunch of jean squares already cut out, I'm going to try this one! Thanks for the demo.

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  35. I have a friend who is making that quilt and I love the look of it but better still is the lovely food you have prepared for us-tea,cake,scones with clotted cream and even the bread with tomatoes and cheese-yummy.
    Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

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  36. This is so interesting. I have shirts and jeans saved for a rag quilt but I like this. Thank you Fiona

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  37. what a great post,very funny & useful. I too have noticed that clothes seem to shrink more these days! LOL.

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  38. Oooooh. I have a box of denim waiting just for this idea. Thanks.

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  39. Fiona, you rock! I'm glad you posted this today because I had collected my sister's jeans when she passed away to make a quilt for her grandson but I haven't done anything with them ... almost 3 years later! This gave me just the bump I needed to get started. Loved your tut; thanks again!

    Linda

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  40. Love your clear instructions. Now to find that pile of old jeans I have saved for some unknown future project--I now have a project!

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  41. Fiona, love the look of the jeans with the shirt. My daughter made one similar to this two years ago for her mother-in-law and it came out great. I too have a stack of jeans that have shrunk (I think...lol)! Old jeans are the best...soft and comfy! Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I love this! and totally plan on trying it. I also plan on getting a plane ticket from Georgia so I can eat dinner with you too!

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  43. I absolutely love this idea!! I have a pair of old Jordache jeans I've been saving to get into again, which isn't ever going to happen in this lifetime, so why not wear them a different way, as a quilt!! I do think they shrunk, some 30 years ago! Ha Ha!!My hubby, has lots of shirts too, mostly flannel though, you think I could make it with that!! That would be something special and really cool to leave behind for my son. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Quilter's Bible. I need all the help I can get!!!

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  44. I'll make this idea into a picnic blanket I think... so useful... now ... I'm off to grab a snack! Thanks Fiona!

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  45. Loved this post Fiona , wonderful idea for those shrunk jeans ,I have a few of those around too ;-)I'd sure love to come for tea and a snack at your house , yummy!

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  46. This was so much fun, but this is what I really want to ask: Are you really coming into winter?
    We are barely beginning spring here in northern Maine in the Sates.

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  47. What a fun post....I think after eating all of that my pants have shrunk! I have seen this technique as well...I taught this in Samoa to a little friend...love it, fast and easy...thanks for such a fun time.

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  48. Wonderful post. Can't tell which I like better, the fabric or the food!

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  49. Hi Fiona. Love the idea of the clothes just not holding their size after they have been washed. I wonder why fabrics are shrinking more these days. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. Cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Fiona, the contrast between the old jeans and shirt fabrics and the lovely breaks for nourishment are terrific! Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  52. I love the denim tutorial! Great pattern. I would LOVE the book tooo!

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  53. two fabulous things, quilting and nourishment. Thanks for sharing both.

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  54. Thanks for a great tutorial, Fiona! And for a giggly start to my morning - how did you know I needed that? (Wink) Love the yummy snacks....can you share your roast chook recipe? That bird looked awesome!
    I seem to buy the same brand of jeans that you do: they just shrink so badly. LOL Now I can do something with them! Thanks again!
    And thanks for the giveaway, FSB sponsor! Lovely book!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Oh my gosh! i just knew i was saving all those old jeans for a reason!! Now i know what to do with them! and i even bought a needle for my machine! This is awesome! Thanks for the book giveaway too! I sure could use that book.

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  56. I love this idea!! I have a pre-teen age son whose clothes seem to keep "shrinking" on him!! I just keep piling them up in my sewing room thinking I am eventually going to do something with them!! Now I know what!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  57. I would love to try a blue jean quilt, but my son gets his so greasy that there aren't any clean spots to cut from! I really hope I win the "bible"!!!!

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  58. What a great trick! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  59. Fiona, Thank you for smiles, and a great idea this morning! I have been "saving" jeans for years, and have a few plaid shirts tucked away, too. This looks easy, fun, and warm -- a great baseball spectator blanket for those cool spring days! Thanks!

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  60. Fiona - you are great! I so enjoyed your posting and your hosting skills are the best. I have many pairs of my grandson's (15) jeans that are collecting in my studio - now i know what to do with them.

    Hugs - Marie

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  61. It was so nice spending this time with you. Have to go make a new bathmat now :-)

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  62. loved your post...your delish treats...now I will wash my hands..Thank you
    Emily Gail Wyett

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  63. Fiona I like this one. Think I will try it out later today as I have a few boxes of those shrunken jeans.this one looks much easier than trying to quilt a large denim quilt on the machine. Thank you both for having a give away. We all really appreciate Madam Sam and all the guest blogger s out there for sharing their ideas and talents.Keep on stitching.

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  64. Loved the quilt idea....have to save it for later use. Nifty looking book.

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  65. I worry so much about my jeans shrinking that I started to wonder if perhaps it was the dryer. I tried hanging the jeans up to dry - they still shrunk - so I worried about the hangers - the jeans still seemed too short. I certainly am not going to worry about eating the wrong things - are you? Love this giveaway and post. Judy C

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  66. What a great tutorial! This would also be perfect for kid's jeans that they seem to outgrow so fast. Thanks!

    Jennifer :)

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  67. we have shrinkage problems too!!! and i never discard jeans, NEVER! think i would like these for coasters or mug rugs. great tute!!!! :>)

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  68. So good to see you back at Stash Manicure, Fiona! And with another wonderful, easy to follow QAYG tutorial!! I have your other SM QAYG post bookmarked. This one makes two. I love QAYG quilts. Great post. Thank you for for sharing!

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  69. Thank you so much Fiona. I've seen one of these before and wondered how to do it. I am making a runner out of this sure.

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  70. Great tutorial. I need to make a bunch of
    hot pads for gifts so this is a great idea.
    Thanks so much.

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  71. Thanks so much for the great tutorial. It was fun reading with my morning cup of coffee. I've been collecting shrunken jeans for quite some time just in case they became unshrunk. They didn't. But now I know what to do with them.

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  72. Now, I have a good idea for the pile of jeans I've been saving! Thanks for sharing!

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  73. The quilting on the back resembles Double Wedding ring. Very nice use of "shrunk" jeans. I'd love to win the Quilter's Bible.

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  74. Eating and Quilting a great combination. Gotta keep up our strength! Recycling our much loved clothing items is the best! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  75. Now I am hungry, those scones and chook look delicious. thanks for the inspiration and pattern idea for these jeans! Its on the to do list!!

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  76. Great tutorial. I love it. I'll add to my list of great gifts to make.

    thanks
    cathy

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  77. My jeans shrink too! Someone should tell the denim manufacturers to make it better than that. Debbie in WV

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  78. What a great utilitarian way to use up worn out clothing...just like our quilting fore-mothers did!

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  79. Thanks for the instructions. I think your directions make cathedral windows much easier to make.

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  80. Such a cute post. Thanks for the instructions!

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  81. What a great post! I'd love to pop by your house and join you with some cheese, tomatoes and bread. What a wonderful meal! Thanks for the great tutorial too!

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  82. I am stuffed from all your goodies. Need to take a nap now, after I get out of these tight jeans-. Great tutorial- I have seen this quilt and always wondered-how, now I know. Love the hot pad too.

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  83. Thanks for the great idea for old or shrunk jeans. I could even use the jeans my kids outgrow. Great hotpads for camping.
    On my way to check out your blog.

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  84. Fiona, your treats look luscious. I do like the idea of using the 'shrunk up' jeans to make the cathedral window type quilt. Thanks for another idea to go into my TO DO file!!!

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  85. Love this! This one is going into my start ASAP pile.

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  86. This is a great idea. I have just what I need to make some of these too. Thanks for the inspiration. This was a wonderful post!!! Hugs Ariane

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  87. Hi Fiona...wonderful tutorial...I knew that collection of "shrunken" jeans could be reborn again someday and there is that stack of hubbies "not so best now" jeans that somehow managed to get paint/garden/grease stains. Don't you just luv em when they do that ! ! LOL...now I am off for a cuppa.
    thanks Samm for the opportunity to win that great book...LindaB

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  88. Fiona, you make this project look so "do-able" thank you! However, I'd really love to just sit and visit and eat and watch birds with you ... thoug I live in Montana (USA) so not likely any time soon. As for the winning the Quilters' Bible ... I know as I'm trying to get my mother into quilting, that would be a wonderful addition to her sewing cabinet :) Thanks so much Ladies!!

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  89. Such a fun post to read!! But why oh why did I not save older jeans! Hmmm, might just have to use new ones!

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  91. This looks like such fun to try! My 2 boys could cheer on their hockey teams: denim & red for the Montreal Canadiens fan, and denim and green for the Vancouver Canucks fan. I've enjoyed my first visit to your blog! Thank you. Leslie in Canada

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  92. I enjoy your tutorials so much...this one appeals to me so much because it uses recycled material..always good...My color is blue or red.
    Mama Bear

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  93. What a fun post and thanks for the tutorial! I enjoyed your blog.

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  94. Fiona, thank you for providing such a fun visit to your house! Since I'm a new quilter, winning a copy of the Quilter's Bible would go a long way towards assisting me in learning the art.

    Thank you so much for the chance!

    Sue from Oregon
    sentry07mt@msn.com

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  95. What a great tutorial! I have bookmarked it to attempt later. Thanks Fiona!!

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  96. The incredible shrinking jeans are everywhere! Great Tutorial and post!
    Deb

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  97. This looks very similar to something called "Less Than Traditional", which involves regular quilting cotton & a very thin batting called Thermore. Great tutorial! :)

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  98. This looks like a great book! Please enter me into the giveaway!

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  99. Your tutorial is great! I have a box of old jeans that I saved. I guess that I better get busy! I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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  100. Loved your post Fiona. I'd love the book. I have two daughters that are just beginning to sew.

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  101. Oh Samm, I must put in for this book.... It's been such fun to post here... thank you everyone for your comments... I have visited as many of you as I can....
    Hugz

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  102. G'day Fiona/Samm! Brilliant post and quilt! This has moved to the TOP of my TO-DO list! I need a "rugged" picnic quilt for the summer and your quilt is the perfect thing! And Fiona, you quilt like I do!! Sew, eat, sew, eat! It's really the only way to sew! Thanks ever sew much xo, Nan

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  103. Girlfriend, you crack me up! This was so much fun! What a great post!
    xx, shell

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