Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!
It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.
Well, this month it was something both pretty and useful. VanEssa, the new caravan, has a door with a window in the top half. Great for letting in light, not so great at night when anyone can see in. It needed a curtain, or blind, or something.
So I made a Something. A quilty Something, of course. Very simple piecing, and very simple cross-hatch quilting. It’s all about the colour and the scrappiness.
All scraps. The oldest one there (a scrap of green Katie Jump Rope fabric by Denyse Schmidt) is 15 years old, from my early days in Melbourne when I first arrived in Australia. You can still get it, but they’re calling it a ‘legacy print’, available in special short runs only. That doesn’t make me feel old at all… Some of the others may look more familiar from recent projects.
The backing is from the remnant bin and is from the end of a bolt. I had to cut around holes, ink stamps and pen marks. The batting was a very thin wadding used as packing material on something I bought ages ago. The binding is all scrap. It’s fixed in place with recycled hook & loop tape, and when rolled up, is held up with a hook & loop tie I rescued from somewhere. So, very scrappy indeed, then. Also, cheerful, colourful and a nice antidote to all the extremely pristine black and white caravan interior.
ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.
Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). The list below is the most current one I have, so if you’d like me to update something, let me know in the Comments. This month, we’re welcoming Amo and Alissa, two new members. Be sure to drop by and say hello!
Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy,
Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera, Edith
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
Debbierose, Nóilin, Viv, Karrin,
Amo and Alissa