ScrapHappy December

Good heavens, only 10 days to go till Christmas. Where on earth has the year gone?

Today’s the 15th of the month, the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host  ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

I took another look at this photo, and I wasn’t really happy with it. I’m not liking some of the blocks in this arrangement, particularly the pale ones. It’s not that they’re not pretty blocks, they are, but they lack punch compared with the brighter ones. I’m thinking there may actually be two quilts happening here, one bright and one pale. So I’ve decided to make some more of the brighter ones to fill the gaps.

Obviously I’ve got plenty of teal scraps, so….

And this block took care of most of my darker orange bits.

I’ve had a lot of fun with the till roll strip piecing. I have a 60 inch strip now, too long to show you the whole thing. I still have innumerable small bits to make plenty more for sashing. I think this lot will be for the bright version scrappy quilt, and I’ll think again for the pale one. I’ve experimented, and the thermal paper tears off the back really easily, so that’s all good too.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. 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 on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making 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. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

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.

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, NormaLynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChris and  Nancy

See you again, same time next month!



30 thoughts on “ScrapHappy December

    • katechiconi says:

      Now, why am I not surprised ? 🙂 I do, of course, have a very extensive teal scrap collection, so it’s good to use some of them. One of these years we’ll have to do an OCA teal scrappy quilt, don’t you think?

      • nettyg says:

        Yes! lets do that, everyone’s scraps harmonising. Good idea to make 2 quilts, the pretty pales are lost in amongst their rambunctious cousins. I will be posting later, making Holi powder right now, bit messy!

      • katechiconi says:

        I do have a lot more strong colours than pale ones, so the pretty pastel may take a good bit longer to achieve. Never mind, there’s no rush! Let me guess, your Holi powders are pink and purple? Warm and joyful 🙂

  1. nettyg says:

    No, green! Not my choice, just the colour I was given 🙂

  2. magpiesue says:

    Okay you guys, what’s Holi powder? I thought fake snow at first, but maybe not? I love the idea of a scrappy teal quilt for an OCA quilt. I have to say I’ve been very frugal with my teals, reluctant to use them for anything other than blocks for you Kate. 😉

    Meanwhile, I can understand the pale scrap blocks looking out of place amongst all your other lovely bright, strong colors. An excellent reason to make two quilts! Glad to hear the thermal paper is working out so well.

    • katechiconi says:

      Holi is a lovely spring festival in the Hindu religious calendar, and is also celebrated by some Buddhists. The coloured powders are used to throw at each other.
      I’ll be putting a scrappy teal quilt on the To Do list for OCA at some stage, I just need to come up with a name for it!
      Now I look at all the scrappy blocks I have, the pale ones definitely need their own home but it’ll take me a bit longer as I have fewer pale coloured scraps.

      • magpiesue says:

        Oh yes, of course. I’ve seen pictures of that festival, I just never caught the name (or it didn’t stick). Nor did it occur to me that you could make your own powders to throw. What a wonderful thing the internet can be!

      • katechiconi says:

        If you hop over to Nanette’s blog, she explains what they’ll be doing with Holi powders at this time of year – there’s a local celebration going on where they’ll be used.

  3. kathyreeves says:

    I would try using the pale blocks to do a log cabinesque layout before scrapping the idea of putting them together, but then I ❤️ log cabin quilts!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not such a very big fan…. Mine always seem to turn out crooked whatever I do! I do, however, like the idea of a pastel quilt, so I’ll probably go ahead and split the blocks out into pale and bright.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I do love the teal block. I have been using yarny scraps this week.

  5. rutigt says:

    Great choice! One for you and one for your husband 🙂 My post is coming up as soon as my PC decides to let it go 😦 Trouble, trouble…….

  6. yes yes, two scrappy quilts…… 🙂

  7. I love how this is coming along Kate! I also agree that a light quilt and a bright quilt would add more flare to the blocks. Happy Scrap happy day!

  8. I actually think the blocks go together quite well, but I know that photos don’t always show what we see in real life. However, based on the photos, I would go ahead and combine them, and depend on a scrappy border to enclose them all, to meld the colors and values together. Have fun!

  9. Moira says:

    Love the new blocks you made. And great idea on making two quilts with the blocks. I know both of them will be great when done. =)

  10. Separating the pale and bright into two piles is a tried-and-tested method. I am sure you will end up with two fabulous quilts.

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