Let the cutting begin! I've got a pattern. I wanted to captuure the bold graphic pattern on a large scale. The execution of this will be 5 1/2 inch finsihed squares and I'll likely add an improvised denim pieced boarder on the right side to give it a more fluid and dynamic feel. I'm conisdeing clustering the denim by color concentrating the dark patches on the right and the lighter patches on the left. Denim will be the darker color in this pattern and the Muddy Works print will fill in the white areas.
This fabric, a light canvas seemed perfect to compliment the recycled denim. It's Muddy Works by Tomotakke from their 2013 collection. I love the organic feel and look of this print and am excited to see how the circles take to the abuse of slice and dice to fit into this pattern. As you can see, the scale is fairly large.
The print is a grey-blue which almost seems more grey against the stack of variegated denim. These pants were collected over about a ten year period when I ripped them or just grew out of the size I cut the leg panels out and folded them into a denim bin. Since all the scraps are odd sizes, it took some time to cut them into same-sized squares. A step that shouldn't be forgotten when using recycled fabric the processing of it takes longer than when using yardage.
Here's a preview of the layout. The large scale dots provide enough consistency that the print should read well in the six inch squares I'm using to craft the pattern. I learned to get six inch finished half square triangles (HST) I had to cut 6 3/4 inch squares of both the denim and the print, sandwich them together, stitch and cut. There is a great tutorial for this method from Diary of a Quilter. I think you could add 3/4 inch to any desired finished size for this HST method.
A red binding would really make this pop. I'd like to find a red that has a fair bit of yellow in it. Stay tuned for more excitement from the denim Fendi Gees Bend quilt! Do you design patterns? Have you thought about selling them via Etsy or directly?