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"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 ot 8 or maybe 10 quilt tops max out of them.

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And maybe I would have. But I kept finding more upcycled blues that I hadn't had room for.

So far the project has grown to 30+ tops with more on the way.

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. If you find one missing, please write us an email at Thanks.

And that's where I am currently with this project!

Some of the tops are made but not shown yet. AND I am relatively sure I will need to come up with at least a couple more to use up the odds and ends of pieces! Now I've got one in the works featuring pockets (I've already decided to name it Pick a Pocket) AND one where I will feature second-hand Hawaiian-style shirts.

These things feel like the widow's oil (a reference to the story in the Old Testament where the woman who fed Elijah the prophet had enough oil and flour to last her until the end of the famine - it just kept coming! 1 Kings 17:7-16)!