April 25 ~ Quilt of the Day

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Heart/h Quilt Detail by Chawne, cauchy09

This Courthouse Steps pattern quilt from Chawne was machine-pieced, hand-quilted and hand-bound. It measures 58″ x 62″. Chawne writes, “The quilt is made in the same spirit that my great-grandmother brought to her quilting in Alabama in the early 20th century. It is a utility quilt made from the worn out pants of various extended family members and carefully put together into a simple geometric pattern. The fabrics are all cotton twill or corduroy: the white is painter’s pants, the blue is denim from heavy-duty jeans and the browns are various shades of khaki twill and corduroy. The quilt is backed with a patched vintage sheet and hand-quilted with thick cotton string.” Here’s a wider view of the quilt.

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108 Responses to April 25 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Lauree Myler says:

    this is breathtaking. thanks for sharing!

  2. Cat says:

    very neat

  3. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    I love it, thanks for sharing.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Wonderful to see some hand quilting.

  5. ~Helena~ says:

    How cool is that using a simple pattern and recycle family members clothing to make a lovely quilt.

  6. Michelle says:

    My grandmother made utility quilts too. I love them.

  7. That is so cool! It’s a fantastic way to recycle. Lovely!

  8. Cathie Recca says:

    This is stunning. The simplicity of the white and blue with the complexity of the courthouse steps block = a gorgeous juxtaposition of color and form.

  9. Kathy says:

    I love this quilt! It’s so pretty and so useful. I love the use of the old clothing.

  10. Marcelle says:

    What a brilliant idea and the result is great! Well done Chawne it seems like a lot of work as well.

  11. Manechka says:

    I love such a clear geometrical pattern!

  12. Sara says:

    Very intriguing and cozy feeling.

  13. Maureen says:

    I have been saving jeans and this may be the quilt to make with them.

  14. Ramona says:

    I love recycled items. So pretty.

  15. Allison S. says:

    You know, I was just amazed at the beauty of the quilt–but the story behind it makes me respect it and the artist so much! Awesome work!

  16. Amanda says:

    I am clicking on the Super Like button! Chawne’s 30 minutes a day commitment has motivated me…that’s doable! 🙂

  17. Sara says:

    Oh my goodness, I originally loved the subtle colors and strong geometric design but once I read about it, I love the resourcefulness just as much! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Sarah says:

    I’ve seen this one on Flicker before. Definitely one of my favourites, especially how the maker reused darn near everything in it.

  19. Becky says:

    That is so refreshing! A recycled and beautiful quilt!

  20. Natacha says:

    Simply beautiful! The colours, the pattern, and the quietness that emanes from it.

  21. ara jane says:

    oh wow, i love this one! the hand quilting is especially stunning!

  22. Rochelle says:

    What a neat idea for old pants. Love the back, saw it on flicker.

  23. Jessica says:

    Your quilt is so inspiring!

  24. Leah says:

    Something that has become clear to me through the quilting month here is that there are a lot more fabrics out that that can be used for quilts than just the ones I buy at the quilt store! Thank you for giving me a way to repurpose some of the pants and clothes that are hanging around, not able to be used as clothing anymore!

  25. Chawne=the best.

  26. Diana says:

    That quilt is gorgeous!

  27. Pam says:

    Amazing! I love heavy denim quilts…but such thin pieces in this pattern…I can’t imagine how hard it was to piece together. Those seams! And hand quilting! How did you do that through these thick fabrics???

  28. Greeblygreebly says:

    What a great idea! That would make a wonderful picnic quilt.

  29. Carrie L says:

    Lovely. I really like the picture of the back, too.

  30. Megan Presley says:

    That is really neat!

  31. Kelli says:

    Love it. Courthouse Steps blocks are so simple and yet they just draw you in. Amazing work with the hand quilting…Chawne, you are much more patient than me. Great job. Thanks for sharing!

  32. sewlindaann says:

    I love the soothing colors but it’s also striking. I love the stitches. Really wonderful.

  33. Deb V says:

    This is a great quilt. I think it is neat that the quilt is made out of worn jeans and pants.

  34. Krystina says:

    Great idea! I’ve been saving jeans for awhile so that I can make a jean quilt. Love this one. Of course mine won’t be quilted by hand!

  35. britt says:

    absolutely awesome

  36. Pamela S says:

    Wonderful and inspiring – Chawne’s hand-quilting is always beautiful!

  37. Becca says:

    Neat quilt! The look of “dimension” made by the combination of the pattern and fabrics is really interesting!

  38. sandy says:

    What a terrific quilt … love it. thanks.

  39. kelly jo says:

    Oh my goodness, that is absolutely beautiful!!! The small picture does not do it justice at all!!

  40. Jenny says:

    Love that pattern so much!

  41. Cathy A says:

    That is remarkable! What a wonderful reuse of the fabrics and a family heirloom, too!!

  42. Ethne says:

    It just shows that a simple design and plain fabrics can be stunning

  43. great quilt!

  44. nikole terry says:

    I can’t imagine hand quilting on painters pants and denim. More power to ya sister!

  45. qsogirl says:

    wonderful use of old clothing!!

  46. sharonj says:

    I really like this quilt! Such great work, thank you Sharonj.

  47. Julia says:

    Lovely. lovely. And the sentiment makes more beautiful!

  48. julie rook says:

    Awesome quilt!!

  49. 4vs1 says:

    I love that this quilt is made out of recycled fabric.

  50. Beautiful construction and quilting.

  51. what a great family heirloom!

  52. PeachRainbow says:


  53. Kari says:

    The beauty is in the simplicity. I love it!

  54. Nichole says:

    Love the utility nature of this quilt!

  55. Aparna Mulgund says:

    WOW! Amazing.

  56. lara says:

    So beautiful and yet so simple.

  57. Liz says:

    nice, simple, beautiful.

  58. Linda says:

    I love this.

  59. Katie says:

    Awesome hand quilting.

  60. Rose L says:

    Wow – how did she hand quilt through denim! I’m way impressed.

  61. Lori says:

    I just love love LOVE this one! I am always looking for ways to make old things new… what a beauty! Thanks for sharing!

  62. MamaBee says:


  63. Patty Simmons says:

    Beautiful quilt! I also love Gee’s Bend inspiration for it.

  64. Sarah Craig says:

    What a spectacular quilt! And I love the fact that it was inspired by traditional quilting techniques…

  65. Melissa says:


  66. alisha says:

    The hand-quilting is beautiful.

  67. Deb Griffith says:

    What a great quilt and a great way to recycle clothing!

  68. Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea. It’s so pretty!

  69. Rachelle says:

    What an inspiring use for old pants…we have plenty of those.

  70. Megan says:

    The simplicity and impact of this quilt are striking! It’s a beautiful reminder of “less is more.”

  71. Nancy Brodeur says:

    So simple, and yet so beautiful!

  72. Sarita says:

    I love this quilt and the history behind it. Just perfect…:)

  73. Sally says:

    Wow, love, love, love it!

  74. holly says:

    Stunning. You can almost feel the heft of the fabric and the coolness of the backing just by looking at the pictures.

  75. Meghan says:

    Beautiful hand quilting!

  76. holly says:

    Stunning quilt. Looking at it, you can almost feel the heft of the fabric, and the coolness of the backing. My great-grandmother’s quilts always felt heavy, yet the cotton felt cool against the skin.

  77. Andi says:

    What a treasure! I love the simple pattern and the history in this quilt!

  78. Lisa H. says:

    This is so beautiful, and the hand-quilting just knocked me out!

  79. Sorahart says:

    Hand quilting–you’re very patient!!!

  80. Myra says:

    Very vintage-y yet clean and contemporary. I like it, but must have been a hard one to quilt by hand.

  81. Catarina says:

    peaceful and beautiful

  82. Munaiba says:

    I love those colours.

  83. Margaret says:

    Love this quilt – great use of re-cycled fabrics.

  84. I love this. What a perfect pattern and color combo for my teenage son.

  85. Rachel says:


  86. Fawn says:

    OMG, that looks like a lot of work. Very impressive.

  87. mary says:

    What an undertaking! Does everyone point out which pieces came from them?

  88. upstatelisa says:

    I love courthouse steps pattern! the quilting is beautiful!

  89. Laurel says:

    Wow! That’s terrific.

  90. Tong says:

    This is fabulous!

  91. delitealex says:

    Great quilt.

  92. Wendy D. P. says:

    I love this one! The colors and design are awesome!

  93. Christine says:

    Very pretty. I would love a quilt like that.

  94. Rebecca says:

    Lovely. I always want to use my kids’ worn out jeans, but I find if denim is not done well it looks really wrong, so I’ve never actually done it. This is beautiful.

  95. Jenny says:

    so fantastic.

  96. elle says:

    Whoa! I can’t imagine hand quilting thru those thicknesses. Striking quilt though.

  97. Cara says:

    Gorgeous. I’ve never seen a courthouse steps put together quite like this before.

  98. Katrina H says:


  99. Marcia W. says:

    A “green” contemporary take on a favorite block — looks so clean and crisp.

  100. angelina says:

    that looks so clean and neat

  101. Amy R says:

    Wow, this quilt is great~ I’ve been saving jeans and my husbands work pants for just the right project and I’m thinking this just might be it! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  102. Rebecca says:


  103. Chris says:

    I love this quilt. The simplicity of the color scheme, the number of “steps” are very striking. It’s also very cool to have the quilt made from something meaningful.

  104. Melissa says:

    Love the simple quilting!

  105. Valerie says:

    So beautiful and I love how she reused materials!

  106. Morgan says:

    Thanks for showing how beautiful recycled materials can be!

  107. Chelsea says:

    That quilt is awesome!

  108. Marijke van Swaaij says:

    chawne, ik like your quilt a lot. I can see that it is heavvy and flowing at the same time.

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