"Upcycled Blues" project
It all started when…
I found myself with more than 6 plastic boxes of blue clothing items that I had purchased with the plan of making them into quilts. I had too many! So I decided to start an "Upcycled blues" project. I thought I'd make about 7 or 8 or maybe 10 quilt tops max out of them.
And maybe I would have. But I kept finding more upcycled blues that I hadn't had room for.
I thought it would be most convenient to make this page a summary of the whole project "at a glance" so you have access to all the quilts at once and the blog posts that I wrote about them.
I tried to keep an eye to using up the scraps created by making these "as I went along" - thus my three crumb type quilts here - number 12 - All Crumbled Up, number 16 - Crumby Stars and number 20 Shadowed Crumbs.
I also tried to use harder than ever to use pieces like labels and pockets. Number 3 - Premium Labels, uses primarily labels cut out of the back yokes from men's shirt and other places on ladies' shirts/blouses.
I also made one called The Kitchen Sink which embodied all of these leftover type pieces, from half stitch triangles (HST) to pockets, and embroidered pieces cut from the shirts.
Note: You may click on a picture of a finished quilt and a PDF will pop up with the pattern - if I have one written -
and they are pretty much all written except for the ones that are made with crumbs and The Kitchen Sink and number 42 Checkered! and the ones with pockets (34, 46). If you find one missing and you think it should be here, please write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
I wrote the blog posts about this quilt here and here.
8. Made Ya Look - at Blues
12. All Crumbled Up
The blog posts that talk about this particular quilt are many as this was a process and made over several weekends working on crumbs. It started here, then progressed to here, then here, here and here and finally it is all finished here. as a top. I finally featured it as a finished quilt here.
Because I actually showed how I made it all along, I did not write a pattern (yet) on how to make this quilt. You can go back and read the posts and figure out what I did that way if you want to copy it (and that is fine with me - that is why I share!)
16. Crumby Stars
17. The Kitchen Sink
I wrote about this one at length here.
21. Blue Puffs
The puffs are made 6” squares cut for the top and 5” for the bottom.
Of course I used up my leftover cutoffs from the batting from the previous quilts to fill these squares.
I wrote about the top here with lots of pictures. Later I showed it as a finished quilt here.
Because I did show how to make the top with lots of pictures here, I am not writing a pattern. That post can act as a tutorial on how to make these “puffs”.
22. Empty Bleachers
I wrote about the top here and the finished quilt here.
23. Circling the Wagons
24. You're Covered.
I wrote about this quilt top here.
26. Palace Tile
28. Lacy Chains
I wrote about making the top here.
29. Scrap Collage
30. Diamond Row
I wrote about the top here.
31. Circuit Board
I wrote about the top here.
I wrote about this top here and here.
33. Hawaiian Dreams
I had been wanting to make a Hawaiian shirt for some time. I ended up having quite a few with blue as theme in my upcycled blues fabrics so I went with one!
34. Pick a Pocket
I wrote up the description on how I made it here.
35. A Hot Mess
I wrote about this top several places, but for the final quilt, I mentioned what I did here.
36. Going in Circles
37. On the Plus Side
I wrote about this top here
38. Crumby Stripes
I wrote about this top here explaining what I did.
39. Log Cabin Echoes
40. Chains and Rails
41. Royal Jewels
43. Pointedly Nines
Actually the name doesn’t make a lot of sense, but in this day and age, you can get by with made up names. It’s a reference to the fact that this is 9 patches on point.
I did not write a pattern for this one - but the coins are cut 1.5”x 4.5” and the strips between the rows of 96 coins was cut 96.5” long - either cut on the lengthwise of your fabric or cut width of fabric and piece and trim to the right length.
45. Sticks and Stones
I used a lot of my leftover coins to make this one.
46. Streak of Pockets
There is no pattern for this. I wrote about how to make it on my blog post.
47. Shuttered Scraps
I used the last of my already cut up coins from the quilt called “Coinage”. plus some random 2.5” squares.
48. Pinwheel Fantasy
I was almost at the end of the blues of any size. I had fun with the value in the blues on this one.
And while I’m not a big fan of regular pinwheels, THESE, I love.
49. This and That
50. Simply Double Nines
I did not write a pattern. The layout is on the blog post. It’s a very simple quilt top to make. I used 1.5” strips to create small 3.5” (before being sewn into the top) 9 patches and plain 3.5” (cut) white/cream squares. The alternating blocks are cut 9.5” square. The border was 4.5” cut wide.
You have finally come to the end of this project!
Have a great day!