Yes it's a Modernish Gee's Bend-inspired denim jeans quilt top!
My latest denim kick started a couple of weeks ago when I got the idea that I wanted to play around with denim crosses. I love plus signs/crosses because they are so graphic, and a little bit poignant (Math class made me cry.)
The very next thing that happened was that the phrase "Blue Cross, Blue Shield" lodged itself in my brain. Let me tell you, as bad as it is to get an Abba song stuck in your head, a health insurance company name earworm is worse. So I knew the title of this quilt from the start.
But what would a blue shield look like? I was about to deadlift my massive encyclopedia of 4.000 quilt blocks (no affiliation) when the solution suddenly came to me: JEANS BACK POCKETS ARE SHAPED LIKE SHIELDS! Problem solved! No heavy research or lifting required!
To attach the pockets I have developed my own little system (though I am open to hearing about other methods). I start with the pocket....
Cut everything away except about 3/4" on top. (I cut this sample a bit too close on the upper left.):
Test fold that upper edge back and down, in the position you want on the background fabric.
Stitch across the back, using a zipper foot if necessary. This can be tricky - you must navigate the line close to, but not through, the thick top edge of the pocket. If you don't have a zipper foot, you might not be able to do this step on your machine. That's okay - you can do it by hand, or not at all (skip the next step if you can't do this one.)
Another example: note the dents made by handstitching on top of the back:
The final step is to topstitch the sides and bottom of the pocket in a U shape. My sewing machine struggles with multiple denim layers, so I sometimes have to start and stop stitching just below the top right and left corners. (In those cases, I hand tack the upper part of the corners in position. Fabric glue works too). With a strong sewing machine, you can do the entire U. Below, I used a white thread and basting stitch for demonstration purposes only. You can place your stitches as far in or out as you like.
This pocket attachment method will work for a zillion different quilts and upcycled jeans crafts. (Got time? Google: "Blue jeans craft project")
So now you can make your own Blue Cross, Blue Shield quilt! I wound up liking the back as much as the front. I almost decided not to quilt it, because I wanted to be able to see the back....
But quilt it I did. It is about to get very heavy, even heavier than my encyclopedia of quilt blocks. Next week: Quilting the Beast!
Addendum: It was only after I'd finished laying out the top that I realized where my denim cross idea probably came from - in January, at QuiltCon 2016, the top prize went to a haunting white-and-blue memorial quilt, which included denim crosses. It's #4 on this page. I suspect that quilt must have been working its way through my unconscious when I got hooked on the "Blue Cross Blue Shield" concept....