Stashbuster’s retreat weekend

I’m participating in a stay at home retreat this weekend with the Stashbuster group and working on a birthday quilt for my son Adam.

This is another UFO – I’ve had 3/4 of the squares cut out for this quilt for months maybe even more than a year. My intention was to make a rag quilt but then I made the mistake of describing the quilt to him. He said NO ragged edges. So with most of the squares cut out I was limited to what I make.

Here’s my progress so far. The appliques are from the old jeans and I’m just trying to sprinkle them through the quilt.

I have two more rounds of squares – one blue and a final black.

Does anyone have ideas on how to quilt this?


  1. Quilt it??? Yikes! I would TRY a HUGE needle, thick thread and a longer stitch than usual. I wouldn’t use any batting – just back it in flannel or fleece – or else it will end up weighing a ton. If the quilting doesn’t work out, I think it would look good tied in sturdy knots using chunky red yarn. It looks like a nice functional quilt for a guy!Cheers!Evelyn

  2. Luckily I have the longarm which should make quilting it easier. I was thinking I should probably use a larger needle on it than I usually do. Adam requested a flannel back and no batting but I’m tempted to use a thin cotton batting. We’ll see how I feel when I get ready to quilt it.

  3. I like the touch of red you were able to flange in…looks great Mary! How about quilting large X’s in it? Maybe not a great idea on a longarm machine however…or a large meander? I don’t think you want to do anything close together or fancy-good luck with getting this done!

  4. I like the black with the blue on this quilt. I have a pile of jeans in the basement waiting for me to cut them up. I have been a little hesitant, because I don’t know if my little ol sewing maching can take it. I have seen a lot of jean quilts tied, but I really don’t care for tied quilts. What about a fan quilt pattern? Good luck to you. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  5. I have made one of these before, and even finished it and given it away.I put wide wale corduroy on the back and where the intersections are in the patchwork, a machine sewn flat button. It was very durable for the gentleman, he used it when in his wheelchair.

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