Jeans Therapy, 25.5 x 36", by Sarah Kaufman, author of Folded Log Cabin Quilts (C&T Publishing)
Folded Log Cabin quilting is a unique process of "log stacking" onto a foundation, resulting in handsome and weighty art pieces. Sarah Kaufman explained her inspiration for the name, Jeans Therapy: "Sometimes I name a quilt first, but usually it comes to me upon completion of a piece. This quilt has a 'blue jeans' feel about it, with the denim fringe. I love words (I am a crossword puzzle addict). I saw a fun twist with the term 'Gene Therapy'........ and VOILA!"
'Jeans Therapy' is actually made from cottons in many blue hues, a shirting chambray, and a few cherished indigos from Japan. The fringe is from a denim dress which Sarah found at a Goodwill thrift store. The primary quilt stitch which she used on the sashing is a utility stitch called Crows Footing, with #8 Perle cotton thread. This design is called “Love Thy Neighbor” in the book Folded Log Cabin Quilts (C&T Publishing). A chapter in the book gives full instructions for this log cabin variation, where each block plays off its ‘neighbor’.
Shirts, by Sarah Kaufman, author of Folded Log Cabin Quilts
With its many narrow rows of shirt stripes, these blocks appear to vibrate with energy. Sarah Kaufman says: "'Shirts' was made in 1999, the year my husband and I moved from Washington State to Hawaii. I cut up all of the long sleeve, button-down shirts we no longer needed. The buttons were recycled to the center squares, to aid in ‘quilting the sandwich’. Shirt labels, too, were saved and inserted in the pleats. The backing for this piece was made from pieced sleeve sections. Thread was the only purchase for this quilt!"
East Meets Western, 28-1/2 x 43", by Sarah Kaufman, author of Folded Log Cabin Quilts
The dazzling “East Meets Western”, made in 2007, features lightweight denim and shirting chambray from reclaimed garments. With the narrow ¼’’ strips, after folding, a 7’’ quilt block takes approximately 1/3 yard of fabric… a very good reason to incorporate suitable-weight fabrics from recycled clothing: lightweight denim, shirting and other cottons. Because of the weight of the layers of fabric in the blocks, batting is not needed for these quilts (we like that idea !)
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