Keep your teen-ager's blue-jeans and collect some cute plaid flannel along the way. The character of the quilt comes from the the variations of blue on the worn jeans. This college quilt went to a cold climate, so I backed it with flannel.
Determine the width of the rectangles by how many you can get out of a pair of jeans, front and back. After cutting all your rectangles (incuding plaids), choose the sequence in which they will follow each other. Sew one long row following your chosen pattern with all the rectangles you have cut.
Choose a good width for your quilt, and cut strips from your long original strip. I chose rectangles because I didn't want to be sewing through 4 layers of jean fabric (less fabric at intersections).
The seams were thick with the jean and flannel fabric, so I chose a larger tile quilting design. I used the widest Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape to help with the tile quilting design, 4 inches I think. The binding is scrappy.
A quilt creator loves to see their quilts being used!!