Would You Like to Win Free Denim Fabric?

by Nicole

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my guild’s annual retreat and had a great time.

One of the sponsors, Cone Denim of Greensboro, North Carolina, generously donated a lot of denim fabric scraps.


While at the retreat, I used some of the denim scraps to make quarter circle blocks as part of a class taught by Melanie Tuazon.


Then I started playing with some of my scraps and the denim and made a few improv blocks.


I have no plans yet for either sets of blocks, but it was nice to sew with the denim. I was surprised that even though the denim was heavier than regular quilting cotton, the two types of fabrics played nicely together, even when I was sewing curved seams.

I took home more denim than I will probably use so I could share some with one lucky reader. Would you like to win some of these denim scraps?

I’m giving away as many scraps as I can fit in a flat-rate envelope to one lucky reader anywhere in the United States. I’ll even cut off the hanging tags so I can fit as many scraps as possible into the envelope.


If you’d like a chance to win, leave me a comment telling me what you would make with the denim. If your answer is “a quilt,” please say what kind of quilt design you’d use (I’m curious!).

I’ll leave the giveaway open until Sunday, April 10th at 9 p.m. Eastern time. I’ll use random. org to select the lucky reader. Please be sure that you have a valid email address so I can contact you if you are selected.

Good luck!

Nicole Neblett signoff Modern Quilting blog




The giveaway is closed.

You may also like


Paige April 4, 2016 - 11:20 am

Love the improv blocks! Some zip pouches would be great with denim and I want to try the denim in place of batting like you mentioned in a previous post!

Beth April 4, 2016 - 12:03 pm

Denim is great for rag quilts! Makes a great “manly” quilt.

Terry April 4, 2016 - 12:25 pm

I’d make some tote bags…love how sturdy denim is and I think it would be perfect for this. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

Patti McGarry April 4, 2016 - 12:46 pm

I made a few totes for my daughters for Easter with quilting cotton and denim and they came out great! I have a few friends that have admired them and I’d like to make some for them!

karen swann April 4, 2016 - 12:57 pm

I’ve had my eye on some Noodlehead bag patterns for quite a while, but can’t decide on what weight fabric to use. I think this denim would be terrific. Thanks so much for your generosity, Nicole!

Ivy April 4, 2016 - 2:38 pm

I’d put some denim in an improv quilt for my man 🙂

MARY D April 4, 2016 - 3:35 pm

Love the improv blocks. I am working on quilts for all my family members and one I had slated for a nephew (1 0f 15) was the Boro Katagami quilt . I was planning to work denim pieces into this quilt to add texture and interest. The quilt is on my Pinterest board https://www.pinterest.com/pin/548242954618655931/. I made my travel ironing pad with a heavy denim backing scrap I had. I love working in denim fabrics with my projects.

Rosemary B April 4, 2016 - 5:55 pm

You are Very sweet to send a winner some denim, Nicole!
Please do not put my name in the pot though, I am drowning in denim. I could probably make a denim HOUSE COZY
One day I want to make a denim patch quilt for laying on the ground at the park.
We love going to Algonquian Park in Sterling Virginia. Every one is there on a nice day and everyone sits on a big quilt and just picnics and play. It is so fun

Pam the Goatherd April 7, 2016 - 1:22 pm

I’m right there with Rosemary on the drowning in denim situation. My husband and I both wear jeans to work every day. He spends a lot of time on his knees while repairing appliances, so the knees wear out pretty quickly. I’m a livestock farmer so I’m pretty tough on a pair of jeans as well. All of our holey jeans get washed for one last time and then go into a storage box for future projects. But so far I haven’t had time for any “turning jeans into something else” projects, so I’ve got enough denim in those storage boxes to make quilts for a more people than I know! I figure it will give me something to do when I retire from farming.
I’ll be interested to see what the winner of those pieces of denim do with them.

Mary April 4, 2016 - 6:25 pm

Thank you, Nicole! I would mix these denims with vintage Japanese textiles (solid indigo and striped) for a contemporary boro-like wall hanging. Thanks again!

Marla April 4, 2016 - 6:54 pm

I would love these scraps! I’ve been making some improv blocks with upcycled shirts and jeans to make patchwork pillows, and these scraps would give me a little mor variety! Your improv blocks look great. The mixed fabric weights give a nice texture.

karen April 4, 2016 - 7:02 pm

I was just reading another blog (old blog but new to me) today about denim in quilts. I don’t have a big pile of denim around to add to your scraps, so I would most likely make a scrappy tote bag or a jacket.

Stephanie Harris April 4, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Hey!!! What a thoughtful giveaway. I am making 3 memory quilts and would love to make denim pillowcases to match. I’m sure I don’t have enough Jean fabric from my daughters clothes to make the 6 pillows.

Jessica Weirich April 4, 2016 - 7:24 pm

I’d totally go for the improv blocks….I haven’t played with that genre yet!

Cindy Bowers April 4, 2016 - 7:45 pm

You’re generous, Nicole. I would use the denim for an abstract log cabin quilt-as-you-go quilt with denim and some nice flannels.

Allison C April 4, 2016 - 8:31 pm

I’m running an alternative material (as in non-quilting cottons) quilt challenge with our guild and these would be perfect! I really like the look of your drunkards path quilt, but I’m also insane with triangles these days and could invision an isosceles triangle quilt paired with white Kona. Maybe even throw in a pop of color (like wasabi? Or highlight?).

Brenda April 4, 2016 - 9:38 pm

I would add onto the quilt that I started piecing some 40 years ago when I was in college? Totally improv! Before I knew that quilts were generally made from blocks. Recent pig on IG feed (Brenda&blue).

Mary April 4, 2016 - 10:00 pm

I would use the denim to piece the base of a Fig Tree purse ( Feed Sacks) purse. I’d use some bright goals for the body of the bag, like an Amy Butler or Kaffe fabric. Love denim!

Emilee April 5, 2016 - 12:26 am

I have been wanting to make a denim quilt for ages-I would like to make a flag quilt!!

Linda April 5, 2016 - 11:01 am

I would make bags, pouches and a skirt for a 2 year old.

marla3206 April 5, 2016 - 11:12 am

I have been collecting jeans that my kids are throwing out to make a cover for a leaky down comforter. I want to use the stained glass pattern. I’m hoping mine will look as good as the one I found on I Quilt for Fun’s blog.

Lesley April 5, 2016 - 12:10 pm

I would like to make hexagon patchwork for a bag, or a quilt if it works! I think I saw this made from strips, not EPP.

veronica evans April 5, 2016 - 1:12 pm

I think I’d sew some together with some of my stash for a scrappy tote or zipper bag.

Quilting Tangent April 5, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Patches for jeans. Maybe an organizer bag for quilt projects.

Lea April 6, 2016 - 5:12 pm

I love what you did with the blocks Nicole. I would make Improv blocks. They would work into a quilt. Or maybe I would use them to make quilted scarves. The denim would be pretty and would add warmth.

Connie Gratias April 7, 2016 - 3:28 am

Thanks for the chance to win the denim scraps…I would love to make a scrappy denim messenger bag

Chancy April 7, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Such an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

Patricia April 8, 2016 - 6:25 pm

Thanks for the opportunity!

Barbara April 8, 2016 - 10:34 pm

Anything denim is perfect – denim bibs, denim bags, denim blankets! Thanks!

Comments are closed.