ScrapHappy May

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

I gave my caravan sewing set-up a test drive this month. Rather than take the hand-stitched Anemone scrappy quilt blocks away with me for this month’s ScrapHappy, I decided to give something new a try. I took two ziploc bags of scraps away with me, one purple and one pink. I’ve made a scrappy block out of each bag, and I think this’ll be an interesting new thing to continue with for future ScrapHappy posts. The photos are a bit grim, but it was the best I could do with the lighting at my disposal and the space I had. Something to think about for future trips…

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. Any-thing 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 commit-ment 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)
Susan: (in English only)
Cathy: (in English only)
Debbierose: (in English only)
Tracy: (in English only)
Jill: (in English only)
Claire: (in English only)
Jan: (in English only)
Karen: (in English only)
Moira: (in English only)
Sandra: (in English only)
Linda: (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

36 thoughts on “ScrapHappy May

  1. Kate, do your fingers ever stop?! My goodness these are gorgeous. I even recognize a pattern from my gorgeous crochet hook holder which I finally photographed yesterday. I love it! These are stunning. Welcome home.

  2. anne54 says:

    Beautiful mix of tones too, Kate. The dark purple/green works really well. Do you take your machine with you, or are all of these hand sewn. I will be amazed with either of your answers!

    • katechiconi says:

      I stitched these on my mini Singer sewing machine, Lilibet the Grumpy (because of her rather moody and variable performance!). The van table is just large enough to take her, my smallest cutting mat and ruler, and a pile of scraps! The kitchen bench holds the mini steam iron and ironing pad. Sewing by machine does rather take over, but produces much quicker and sturdier results than hand sewing.

  3. Those turned out so cute. Nothing going to waste with you. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Very little, anyway! It still galls me to throw out the tiny bits, but if there’s less than half an inch after seam allowances, it has to go…

  4. So impressed with your travelling studio and what you have created in it. I hope to join in with Scrap Happy soon, but in the meantime an archive post:

  5. Both blocks are gorgeous, but I immediately fell in love with the pink one. ❤

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    These are so pretty and to think they were made from leftover fabric.

    • katechiconi says:

      Every scrap a leftover! I’ve used up nearly all my bright pinks, but I have lots of pastels left, and still quite a lot of dark and dull purples. I’ll be good to go round again!

  7. rutigt says:

    Ah, The blocks are so beautiful! I love pink and purple and think your blocks will make a perfect combo in a future quilt!!!

  8. norma says:

    I like the idea of making a block out of a bag of each colour. They’re very effective

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a tidy way of keeping the work and fabrics under control if your space is limited, too.

      • norma says:

        You’re right but my scrap bags are so big I could probably make a dozen blocks from each. Still, I made inroads this month

      • katechiconi says:

        I didn’t take my whole collection of pinks and purples, I just grabbed a big handful of each and stuffed them into ziploc bags for the trip.

  9. Nice! And good to see that your travelling set-up is allowing you to create lovely blocks when you are away from home.

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  12. Debbierose says:

    Mmm you have putcan idea in my mind for my growing scrap pile, I too hate parting with little bits

    • katechiconi says:

      I found it was really quite easy to come up with an entire block out of a large sandwich bag of scraps. It was about a double handful. And this form of block is perfect for showing off those tiny pretty fragments one can’t bear to throw out. My blocks are 13in square, to allow me to quilt them densely when the time comes, without contracting too much. I like a 12 inch finished block!

  13. I have been doing the same: sewing up my scraps per color. I create 4,5″ blocks so I can put them in a baby quilt. I am thinking something with a color shift or another one of my random (sudoku) quilts. I have got quite a few blocks nowo. It is amazing what you can do with scraps! I also put 7 baby bibs together using scraps. I am having fun!!!
    Love your big blocks in purple and pink.

    • katechiconi says:

      I thought about trying a couple of ombre blocks, but I don’t have enough mid-range colours, and most of my scraps have a pattern so it wasn’t successful. Love the idea of your scrappy bibs – those will be very cool babies!

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