Aaaaaaah….the dog days of summer. If you live anywhere near Houston or the Gulf, with temps reaching a mere 96 degrees on average lately, you know summer is clearly here! I am still the new kid in town, trying to comprehend the seasonal temps and commenting to passers-by how wonderful the weather has been. Coming from Boston, I tell people how I am finally thawing out from the exceptionally frigid and snow-filled “Game-of-Thrones,” North-of-the-Wall-worthy Winter of 2011, and I am welcoming this heat. They then often roll their eyes, scoffing, and telling me this heat is nothing. Give it a month!
Summer is also a time when I give my blue jeans a rest from my wardrobe rotation since it is so hot. I also assess which pairs of jeans will make the cut for the next season, and sadly, which jeans I must banish to retirement.
This summer I am very, very sad to come to grips that my most cherished, my most beloved pair, my Fleur de Lis jeans by Rock & Republic, are officially going out to pasture. I just can’t permanently part with them, though, and know the only way to honor them is to upcycle them into a quilt project. They have sat on my quilting cutting mat for days, waiting for divine inspiration…
I was thrilled when this past weekend I stumbled upon an online how-to tutorial by Jane LaFazio for creating a denim studio box for your supplies–perfect for carting supplies to quilt classes! Click here to link directly to her denim studio box tutorial. I know my jeans will make a terrific traveling box for my supplies this summer!
Jane has an exceptional and whimsical eye for combining surface design and stitching techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Case in point: I bought three small hand-stitched pieces by Jane last summer. I love her manner of mixing surface design, fabric collage, and hand stitching techniques for this botanical series, and I painted a rectangular bit of white canvas a shade of blue on which to mount them.
A detail shot of Jane’s stitched work:
Jane happens to be teaching at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach in two months time, so if you want to try your hand at surface design, this is a really wonderful opportunity to learn from the very best!
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