My brothers sleep under quilts pieced together from their old blue jeans. During the past few years my Mom has cut and sewed thousands of squares of fabric into denim quilts for my brothers and friends. Once Mom's friends learned about her project, they donated their sons' worn-out jeans. Mom usually has a quilt in progress--whether its a pile of half-cut-up jeans, a stack of denim squares, or a quilt top stretched out on the dining room floor.
Her most recent accomplishment is a combination of denim and brown calico fabric that she plans to donate to the Mennonite Central Committee Sale in northern Michigan this summer. Mom pieced a solid denim quilt for the sale a couple of years ago, but this time she decided to alternate the blue with brown. Most of the brown calico squares in the quilt are from scraps of material from Julie's dresses, jumpers and skirts.