A top in progress - upcycled blues top #17

Of all the blues tops I've made and am still making, this one is the most unique.

I'm taking odds and ends of all the 14+ tops I've made and trying to make a cohesive quilt top out of them all. 

What exactly am I talking about?

Among other pieces of blues, this is what I have:

  • leftover blocks 
  • labels and pockets
  • "bonus" triangles - ones that I created when I snowballed some corners. I have at least 3 sizes of these. I'm using the largest ones right now - but am thinking how I can use the smaller ones
  • various 1.5" strips from TagAlong, especially, but not only TagAlong. I actually cut quite a few of them for All Crumbled Up

Let me show you where this project is to date.  I'm creating it in rounds. I'm taking it as a challenge to try to make it somehow look like a cohesive unit--and am attempting to do that with the repetition of the light blue sashing.

 At this point it's not all that big.  I'm getting ready to add a few more rounds.  A day later....  Let me show you the next step in this process. After I met my charity quilt goal (for the day), I worked on this one quite a bit. I am definitely going to be able to use up all the larger "bonus triangles" that I had.  

At this point it's not all that big.  I'm getting ready to add a few more rounds.

A day later....

Let me show you the next step in this process. After I met my charity quilt goal (for the day), I worked on this one quite a bit. I am definitely going to be able to use up all the larger "bonus triangles" that I had.  

 Right now it is 56"x56". Next I'm planning on adding another round of navy blue - and then the rest of my bonus triangles only facing "out". At that point it will be 62"x62".

Right now it is 56"x56". Next I'm planning on adding another round of navy blue - and then the rest of my bonus triangles only facing "out". At that point it will be 62"x62".

After that I'll do some 12" blocks - and I'm looking forward to those.  I hope to put embroidered pieces (cut from various shirts - nothing I embroidered) in those and some wonky blocks. This is where I may make up some more blocks from my small bonus triangles and use them there - am thinking - maybe some tiny pinwheels? I also want to use a few pockets in that 12" round.

It's all just swirling around in my head - as I'm working on this round. At least at the very moment, I know what I'm doing! 

In case you are new to this blog - I'm using up leftover pieces from these - I decided to go ahead and put pictures of all the tops in this series so far - so you can see at a glance this whole thing. You may click on them to see them larger if you wish.

Gallery of my "Upcycled Blues" tops

Top #15 is at my sewing machine and I'm working on it daily when I'm not quilting. It's  bit tedious, however, and so I'm forcing myself to work on it. I'm sure when I get closer to getting finished, I'll work even harder on it. In the meantime, it's there, but not really exciting.

So it's like this - Tops # 1-14 - you've seen, Top #15 is on the sewing machine. Top #16 is my next crumbs blocks from the blues and so that makes this one Top #17. It's amazing how fast it adds up.

And there you go...I've decided to reveal this one as I go along - just to maybe share with you some of my thought process in making this particular top.



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