ScrapHappy June

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 once again dived into my sorted scrap boxes to make single-colour scrap blocks. I had some beautiful reds to play with, and I really love the resulting block! I have a modest range of greens: a fair few bright greens, a few darks and a handful of olive/pea greens, so I went with the latter because I love how they play together. And strangely, despite the fact that yellow and orange are colours I very rarely use, I have a good supply of both. So naturally, I had to complete the red, amber and green traffic light trio! Next month I may give turquoise/ teals a go – I do have a huge range of teal scraps to play with, after all! Oh, and maybe also a blue block, since of all the scrap colours I have the most blues.

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 the 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)
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!

53 thoughts on “ScrapHappy June

  1. knitnkwilt says:

    I really like the one-color block idea. Now to sort and do it!

    • katechiconi says:

      Picking the bits I wanted to use out of the box of scraps was the best bit! With this sort of thing you really can use those teeny last snippets of beloved fabrics and have them sing and be beautiful for the last time…

  2. I like the results of all 3 of them. What fun.

    • katechiconi says:

      They also play very nicely with the pink and purple ones I made last month. It’s a fun chance to use all my brights which are too loud to use in bigger quantities.

  3. […] Joining in with Scrap Happy June, hosted by Kate at Tall Tales From Chiconia […]

  4. These look so happy and bright Kate, will you use them all together in one quilt? Here’s my scrappy offering:

  5. claire93 says:

    so much better to have 3 finished blocks rather than loose scraps

  6. […] As I used scraps of fabric I’ll add this to Kate and Gun’s  ScrapHappy day which you can read about and see links to the other participants here […]

  7. tialys says:

    I love how there is still lots of contrast and interest within the blocks even when using the same colour range. Have you decided what to do with them yet?
    Squeezed in a ScrapHappy post today

    • katechiconi says:

      I saw that, and I’m impressed!
      It’ll be a quilt…. sometime. I have only 5 x 12.5″ squares right now, and I reckon I’ll need another 25 to make a decent quilt, so I’ve got a way to go. That’s my ScrapHappy posts sorted for the next year, I reckon!

  8. rutigt says:

    They are all great, but the red block……wow!!!!! That´s a Knock-out 🙂

  9. norma says:

    I’m a fan of these one colour blocks. You’ve inspired me to make some over the next few months.
    A dressmaking post this month though

  10. Debbierose says:

    Wonderful use of scraps Kate, bright, bold & beautiful

  11. I love your single color blocks! I will have to give that a try:). My scrappy post will be up soon. You are so nice to put this all together!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s no trouble, I enjoy ScrapHappy Day a lot! The single colour blocks were a way to make it easy for me to assemble a big block quickly, but I find them a bit addictive, and had to make myself stop!

  12. I love these blocks! Very tempting for me with all the scraps that I have. But I need to focus on what I have going and not starting new projects….lol

  13. Love it love it! I do adore a bit of colourful mess.

  14. […] with Scrap Happy June. Go see the scrappy projects people are doing. After you read about […]

  15. dezertsuz says:

    Oh, I do like your scrappy squares!

  16. nettyg says:

    Zippy bright crayon box colours. I haven’t done any of this one colour scrappiness for such a long time, must get back to it. And as you know, I managed a scrappy post!

  17. magpiesue says:

    I always admire the results when people sew up their scraps this way! I haven’t been able to work like this in quite some time. Right now precision piecing with scrap patches seems to by my thing.

    • katechiconi says:

      And very beautifully you do it too. To each her own; this works well for me as it gives a home to all the really tiny scraps of beautiful fabric I’m sadly unable to throw out!

  18. Beautiful! I’m inspired to start sewing next week as my schedule is *finally* calming down.

    Those greens….be still my heart.

  19. mewithptsd says:

    Oh, Kate! I love them!! As soon as the pictures appeared I said aloud, “Oh my, they’re gorgeous!” And showed my daughter. I am going have to learn to quilt more than just little squares together because I need this vibrancy and joy in my daily life. As always, good show, inspirational.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not at all hard to do, just different from making disciplined blocks. Dive into your scraps, and just pull out all the brightest, most intensely coloured ones. Take the two smallest, and sew them together. Add another piece, and another. Just keep going till you get to the size you’ve decided on. You don’t need to over-think it or plan too much, and the spontaneity is very liberating!

  20. Wow – those look amazing. I’m often quite blown away with the beautiful things that it’s possible to make with scraps (fabric or wool)… wouldn’t it be sad for them to be thrown away? Because I don’t quilt, I seem to accumulate scraps from the sewing that I do. I will have to have a think about what I might do with some of them.

    • katechiconi says:

      It goes to show that even very small pieces can contribute to the beauty of the whole. Some of my most treasured tiny bits are in these three, and I believe they are a vital inclusion. So go and sort your scraps, ma’am, you have some beauty to create!

      • I quite fancy doing something with my machine to create a ‘crazy paving’ style table cloth… I will have to apply my brain.

      • katechiconi says:

        That sounds both elegant and frugal, and in the best tradition of scrappy quilt-making. Traditionally, crazy quilts were also lavishly embroidered. I shall wait to see what you come up with!

  21. […] Dexterously combining two themes in one post here: (a) a further attempt at cooking in the oven, and (b) a Scrap Happy project for Kate’s collection. […]

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