It happens regularly on AR, but never to me. Until last week.
I opened a seldom-viewed closet near our front door - can't remember why. I noticed crumbled denim stuffed into the top shelf. Denim? I don't store jeans or my denim stash in that closet.
I pulled it out and realized it was a giant rectangular tube stitched from jeans parts. What the heck?
To digress a moment, I love log cabins,both fabric and wood. We can't live in a log cabin (rare in Los Angeles), but at an art show I spotted a porch swing much like this one:
It made it a great conversation piece, until a couple of years ago, when we noticed neat little mounds of sawdust on the floor below it. Termites! An exterminator assured us that the critters would soon switch over to munching on our house. So he hauled it away, I tossed the foam, put the denim covers through the laundry, shoved the seat cover into my front hall closet, and forgot about it.
So this was about three years later. I opened my closet, and spread it out.When I ripped the seam that joined the two ends, it looked like this:
Gees Bend quilts have had a powerful influence on me (and on the quilt world in general). I could stare at them for hours. I made the cover long before I'd heard of Gees Bend, but there were similarities. Below are three of my favorite authentic Gees Bend quilts, made from old work clothes, Learn more about them and view many more here.
Wonky, check. Pockets, check. Sun fading, subtle hue changes, assymetry, check, check, check. Genius composition? Well, not in mine! But that's a small matter, no? I wasn't aiming for composition! I was aiming for cushion coverage!
Also, no wonder that swing was so uncomfortable! We were sitting on zippers and rivets and belt loops, oh my!
Not to mention labels!
It weighs a ton. I'm not sure whether to line it. Either I keep it in the back of my car for picnic emergencies, or bring it to Antiques Roadshow.
A lot of people have made Gees Bend-inspired quilts. They're usually incredibly relaxing. One wasn't so relaxing: An artist was hired to make 65 American flags from recycled Levis. They wound up using 3,000 pairs of jeans and it took four months! Read all about it here.here:
Wavy denim stripes, tutorial blogged here: