ScrapHappy September

Woo hoo, do I have scrappiness to show you this time!

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

You’ll recall that my postage stamp blocks were being turned into a quilt, now known as the Grey Nomad. Well, I’ve got the whole thing quilted, and all that’s left is joining the blocks and binding the quilt:


Not only that, but the back is very, very scrappy. Now, the fronts are all the same: bright postage stamp square surrounded by plain grey border. The only difference lies in whether they were quilted up and down, or side to side. So I allowed myself to have fun with the layout of the back. You can see the quilting direction on the back of the blocks, and as long as I maintained the alternating direction, I could play around with the back blocks as much as I liked. And here’s the final layout, very gypsyish and scrappy indeed and not at co-ordinated 🙂


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 if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link.

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):

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at (in Swedish and English)

Titti at (in Swedish only)

Heléne at (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at (in Swedish only)

Sue at (in English only)

Nanette at (in English only)

Lynn at (in English only)

Norma at (in English only)

Lynda at: (in English only)

Birthe: (in Norwegian only)

Turid: (in English and Norwegian)

Cathy: (in English only)

Debbierose: (in English only)

Tracy: (in English only)

Jill Goldberg: (in English only)

Claire Alexander: (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!


44 thoughts on “ScrapHappy September

  1. anne54 says:

    Whoo hoo indeed! It looks so bright and happy. Amazing that it is all made from scraps. Also, I never realised how many other fabric users often had a Scrap Happy day post too. You and Gun have created another wonderful link up in the blogging world.

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  3. EllaDee says:

    Such a wonder watching it unfold ♡ I’m thinking I can’t bear you to post it, it will have to wait for a visit, and a lunch at our favourite Eungai Buffalo Cafe, our treat this this time.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d say that’s a perfect excuse to come down. I have to see the surgeon in Brisbane in mid December, so we’d try to get down to Coffs either before or after the appointment. Hope you can wait that long!

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  5. tialys says:

    This is a really ‘old school’ type of quilt Kate – very different from what you’ve been doing lately and it must have been liberating to just go where you wanted with it. If you know what I mean.

  6. It’s awesome! And the back is – forgive me – even more appealing to me! I must be a pattern philistine. xx

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    This is really super inspiration for what can be done with tiny scraps. Congratulations it’s an amazing achievement.

  8. rutigt says:

    Your postage stamps quilt turn out very well and the backing…….here we talk SCRAPS quilt!!!!! I love it 🙂

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  10. norma says:

    Looks lovely. What patience it must have taken to make all those blocks.

  11. Debbierose says:

    Awesome effort Kate. I’ve bern totally slack in all areas lately

  12. dayphoto says:

    What a happy, happy quilt!

  13. really awesome !!!!! love it !!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Michelle, it’s been a lot of fun so far and has eaten up loads of my scraps. Won’t be long till it’s finished, and then I’ll have to think of another scrap project.

  14. I know you say the back is not coordinated, but I see a lovely sea of blue florals that seem to work nicely together. Repeating some of the fabrics helps tie them together.

    • katechiconi says:

      I chose as many scraps and not-very-useful fat quarters in strong florals as I could, as I wanted a gypsyish feel to the back. The fact that there are quite a few blues is coincidental!

  15. I love your scrappy blocks! 🙂

  16. Magpie Sue says:

    I love the fact that the back is now a giant version of the individual blocks on the front. What a fun quilt this is! Will it be going with you on your gypsy adventures on Miss Scarlett?

  17. Lynda says:

    Use. It. Up. This is a fun quilt, Kate, but I think those little postage stamps in such a big quilt would take me two lifetimes to get done… and never mind the quilting!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s taken me an age to get together the 25 postage stamp blocks I need, but it has provided a consistent purpose and project for ScrapHappy. As for the quilting, half an hour a block, tops…

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