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 different variations of blue on the worn jeans. This college quilt went to a cold climate, so I backed it with flannel.
Determined 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.
Before sandwiching together with "Quilt Basting Spray" (available at most Walmarts), starch and pressed the flannel backing. The starch keeps the flannel from changing shape as you work with it. 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" (one of my favorite quilting tools) to help with the tile quilting design. The binding is scrappy.
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