ScrapHappy January

It’s that time again, people!

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Postage stamp block 13Another postage stamp block for Ella Dee’s quilt. I’m not getting on very quickly with this one, mainly due to The Cloths of Heaven and a couple of other private/secret projects eating up all my time just now. And February’s going to be a busy month for travelling, so it may be even more inadequate next month! We’ll see…

I have a plan and a drawing for the postage stamp quilt, something a little bit different. There are 13 blocks completed now, and another 12 to go, and then I can start assembling things.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful 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 shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance whether you’ll have something to show.

Lorij quilt top Lorij quilt backHere’s a couple of photos of a project made by Lorij from strips of scrap fleece; look at that lovely neat hand quilting on the red back! Lorij doesn’t have a blog but joins us occasionally here in photos.

Linking with

Gun at (in Swedish and English)

Titti at (in Swedish only)

Heléne at (in Swedish only)

Eva at (in Swedish only)

Viv at (in English)

Nanette at


36 thoughts on “ScrapHappy January

  1. manicmumdays says:

    ooooh I have been slowly working on a postage stamp quilt too. Using leaders and enders! I need to get out my scrap buckets and cut some more squares tho! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  2. rutigt says:

    A really Scrap Happy block you have done 🙂

  3. Well done. Good to know you will be taking some down time to travel. I haven’t done a scrap quilt yet but I feel one coming on. 🙂 Need to build up a scrap stash.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have *years* of quilt scraps to draw on. The other day I used some which had been sitting in one of my boxes for at least 10 years… the more scraps, the brighter and more varied the block!

      • I can beat that: about 22 years ago my daughter went climbing in the Hindu Kush, and brought back some wonderful fabrics, most of which are long used in big projects, but scraps still emerge from the heap and can be seen in my last two scrappy projects.

      • katechiconi says:

        That’s really amazing! I still have the first quilt I ever made, 30 years ago. It was handmade snowball blocks, EPP, made from scraps of beautiful printed dark red and blue wool challis. At that time, I knew nothing about patchwork, or how to put a quilt together, but it has stood the test of time and is still beautifully warm and cosy on cooler nights.

      • Sounds a lot better than my first, which was polycotton hexies . I like the idea of using wool.

      • katechiconi says:

        It was quite beautiful, but frayed fiendishly. It was a looooong time before I ventured again into patchwork!

      • I’m playing catch up. I couldn’t sew at all for 4 years right after I started learning to quilt. Finally can do a little at a time. Then I can’t see anything for awhile. I sew a lot by braille. 🙂 Like you, I don’t let much stop me. It just slows me down a little. I’ll get there though. Hopefully, I still have plenty of time left. :)) At least we are having fun with it. Hugs.

      • katechiconi says:

        The fun is what it’s all about, isn’t it? One day, the time will come when I can’t use a rotary cutter or scissors any more. Perhaps I can train the Husband…

  4. claire93 says:

    lovely and bright ^^

  5. norma says:

    Good idea to make something with all those scraps that accumulate. I’m cutting one at the moment but it’s going to be for a double bed so I won’t be finished any time soon, I’m afraid.

  6. Lorij says:

    Katethank you for showing my scrappy offering. It’s nice and warm but not heavy. Thank you for noticing my big stitches. I made the top in an hour and quilted it in two days. All of the other scrappy showings are beautiful. I love Viv’s poetry and pictures.
    Do you know anything about fabric made with the name England Wool Design MT in gold print on the selvage edge?
    I’m making a suit of wool with this. There was no care information on the roll from which it was cut. It’s gorgeous wool. I’ll try and send a photo to your email.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a medium high quality suiting fabric, usual a worsted. It’s usually used for gentleman’s suiting, being quite hardwearing, and performs best lined. Does that help?

      • Lorij says:

        Thank you so much. I’ve lined it and the skirt turned out really nice. I’m still working on the jacket. But it’s so nice. I only paid $6.00 per yard and is 54 wide.
        My other question is can it be laundered or must I have it dry cleaned.
        I appreciate you

      • katechiconi says:

        It should probably be dry cleaned, but you can sponge it clean for spot treatment. if you have a decent sized scrap, I’d do a test wash. Cut a measured piece, say 6 inches square, finish the edges and launder it in cold water with a wool wash detergent. Air dry and press it, then re-measure. If it has shrunk at all, do not launder.

  7. I was playing with scraps today too. I can provide proof over on Instagram, which you don’t do, so you will just have to trust me until I finish it. 🙂

  8. Lorij says:

    Kate, Titti in Sweden has a fabric bowl on the 11th January blog. It’s very pretty and I’d like the information to make it. Do you think Gun could put it in English? Thanks

  9. EllaDee says:

    Wonderfully appropriate, the G.O. and I often comment that we love scraps, in relation to food we’re fans of leftovers. Now you’ve put another spin on it. Colourful scraps 🙂

  10. […] blogging friend Kate and her friend Gun in Sweden host a regular monthly Scraphappy challenge where you can make anything you like out of scraps and link up with others to show and tell.  This […]

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