ScrapHappy March

Time for more ScrapHappiness 🙂

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

This month, I’ve done something completely different. I’ve had very little time for the Anemone hexies, and have thrown together a scrappy block selected from a handful scooped out of my most recent scrap bucket. I have many teal scraps (big surprise there!), and this is going to be one of the final TWX blocks, a good use for them, I feel.

I say ‘most recent’ because I have multiple scrap buckets, and have added to my ever-growing To Do list a plan for a serious scrap manage-ment session once I’ve got a couple of projects out of the way. I’ll start by sorting them into colours, which seems the simplest plan of attack, followed by cutting them into useful sizes, and if not big enough to cut to a useful piece, I’ll sew them into one of these random blocks again.

I’m never going to be the kind of person who cuts to size and files away the minute I create a scrap, but if there’s a system going (apart from ‘toss it in the bucket’), I’ll try and use it. Try. I make no promises 😉 When you’re going with the flow, who has time to cut her scraps into tidy shapes?

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 some-thing 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 https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)

Karen: https://mewithptsd.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

Deb: https://abearsthimble.wordpress.com/ (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

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17 thoughts on “ScrapHappy March

  1. nettyg says:

    Your scrappy block turned out very well. Interestingly, one of the ones I had planned to send looked just like that! I have a scrappy project tI hope to get round to blogging today.

  2. katechiconi says:

    That would be great! I always find it amazing that I can take out a big handful of scraps and end up with something quite small at the end. Just goes to show: there’s a lot of air as well as fabric in those buckets…

  3. magpiesue says:

    Organized scraps is always a good goal but I doubt anyone ever gets there completely. 😉 I’ll cut a few patches when there’s room at the end of a strip or something but most of the time I set it all aside until one day when I have a massive cutting session. It is very helpful to have patches ready to use though!

    • katechiconi says:

      As your parts department amply demonstrates. You sound a lot more organised than I am. Trouble is, I look at the buckets and shoe boxes and baskets overflowing with scraps, and I just lose the will to live…

  4. tialys says:

    I occasionally attempt to cut scraps into useful sizes and file them away according to their sizes and shapes. However, when it comes to needing a scrap I usually forget that I’ve done that and delve into the general scrap bucket again. If only I could cut everything into useful sizes as I go but I’m generally too keen to get on to the next project to faff about with scraps I might never use. Ah well, if that was to be our biggest problem in life we would count ourselves fortunate wouldn’t we?

    • katechiconi says:

      Very true. I recently discovered a small cache of scraps I’d cut into usable sizes. I’d forgotten all about them. I do need to be more proactive about making use of all those tiny bits I can’t bear to throw away… And for me, it makes the best sense to file by colour, because that’s how my brain works!

  5. rutigt says:

    Doesn´t it feel nice when you can use your scraps into something beautiful like this block you´ve done! I think it is a good idea to sort the scraps into colors. I always do that 🙂 I even have my bags with the right color to put the scraps in……… I´m an organizing type I guess 🙂

  6. Debbierose says:

    As always, beautiful scrap work, Kate well done

  7. norma says:

    The teal scraps made a very pretty block – I love teal.
    Thanks for hosting this – it’s a fun project.

    • katechiconi says:

      Since I make a teal quilt a year for Ovarian Cancer Australia, I’ll always have a good supply of teal scraps, and I’ll probably always be able to rustle up a scraphappy quilt from them at short notice… Gun and I have been doing ScrapHappy for nearly 2 years now, and the participants have grown from just us to the list you see. It’s a LOT of fun 🙂

  8. I LOVE your TWX block!! I am so excited to see this beautiful teal ovarian quilt:)!

  9. katechiconi says:

    Two blocks still co come in, then I can finalise the layout and start QAYG assembly!

  10. […] you’d like to see other Scrap Happy posts, check Kate’s blog in English or Gun’s in English and Swedish. There are blogs […]

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