ScrapHappy February

Here we are once again, making pretty things out of something most people would throw away. It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host  ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

I’ve got a layout I like for my 16 rainbow-coloured ScrapHappy blocks. Visualise this with an inch-wide dark navy border around each block, and then scrappy string sashing joining the blocks. The only thing that concerns me very slightly is whether that blue block in the top right corner is going to disappear too much with the dark blue border around it. What do you think? Leave it or move it? Thing is, if I move it into the centre more, it might still disappear but in a much more obvious way!

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). Not everyone will post at the same time, as we’re an international group. Those in Australia will post first, then Europe, then the USA.

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

See you again, same time next month!


48 thoughts on “ScrapHappy February

  1. Chris S in Canada says:

    The squares are positively lovely – a beautiful use of scraps. About the blue border though? Wondering if you could rearrange so that there are “dark” squares in each corner, then use a lighter blue or a cream or something to border them? You’d still have the scrappy sashing that would tie it all together, but you wouldn’t lose the darker squares .

    Hard to visualise from here, but perhaps you could lay the border fabric under the squares (avoid the sewing) to get an idea of whether it would work.

    I just love all the bright and jewel tones!
    Chris S in Canada

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m pretty sure I want the very dark inky blue to border everything, to the point that I’ve bought the fabric! Looking at the square, I’ll simply trim it out so that as much lighter blue as possible is touching the border. Also, I tried darker blocks in the corners and it started to look too formal and some of the colours didn’t fit where I had space, so thank you so much for the suggestions, but I’m probably going to leave things as they are. This one’s for me, so I’ll be happy to live with the consequences of my decision 🙂

      • Chris S in Canada says:

        Yes, the formality probably wasn’t part of your plan, and it’s so difficult to get the whole effect when we are just looking at a picture on our screen. As long as you are happy with it, that’s what matters. I’m sure you’ve arranged the squares dozens of times – if it looks right to you, then run with it!

        It’s so beautiful with all those colours!
        Chris S in Canada

    • Those are all good ideas, Chris.

  2. tialys says:

    Could you swap it with the pinkish one diagonally to the left of it and then swap the blue and red ones in the top left hand corner around if you don’t want two blues in the same row?

    • katechiconi says:

      The more I look at it, the more I think it really doesn’t matter too much; I’m using scraps, after all! I think the very, very scrappy till roll sashing will take care of the issue in any case… Thanks for the suggestions, though 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    Your blocks are so vibrant and bright, and your long strips are too fun!

    • katechiconi says:

      Ah, the scrappy till roll sashing! You know, it’s a lot of fun to do, and you really don’t need to do much preparation – as you can see, the edges are all wonky, and will stay that way till I trim them out just before stitching the sashing in. Such a good way of using up really small scraps…

  4. craftycreeky says:

    Your scrappy blocks are lovely, so vibrant and cheerful! I think the blue block will be fine, particularly as the sashing is only an inch wide.

  5. rutigt says:

    Any color you´ll use on the sashing will make one block disappear, so I´d go for the blue fabric. I think it´s gonna look great!

  6. I think it looks lovely just how it is… and such a great example of what patchwork was originally about. I really like the scrappy posts each month from everyone.

    • katechiconi says:

      I find that having a monthly goal of something to show for ScrapHappy Day keeps me actually using the scraps instead of lazily stuffing them in a box or bag and pretending I’ll do something about them later!

  7. […] with Kate for ScrapHappy, do check out the others scrap […]

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    So very bright and cheerful. Just tells us we are so right to dig deep and use them scraps.

  9. chrisknits says:

    I would like to be included in Scrap Happy posts in the future. Thanks

  10. claire93 says:

    I was going to say the same thing as Gun: whatever colour you use is going to blend in with one of the blocks, so if you’ve got dark blue in mind, then go for it ^^Btw – I now have some rolls of till paper and plan on sewing strips of scraps like you, when I find the time, that is lol.

  11. magpiesue says:

    I like it! I like your idea to try to get lighter blues on the outside of that dark blue block. That will help to differentiate it from the sashing. Do you already have a back picked out? 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      No backing yet, I haven’t got that far. It’s not going to be a big quilt, so I may well be able to use up some of the offcuts left from backing other quilts which get trimmed off when you’ve finished quilting, plus assorted fat quarters I’m not much in love with any more. Hopefully, a truly Scrappy back, too…

  12. Good work so far. Here’s a thought, (worth every penny you paid for it,) frame the dark blue block in something different, lighter and brighter. Make it more different on purpose. It’s a small thing to try that wouldn’t have much pain if it doesn’t work.

  13. claire93 says:

    I’ve decided I’m going to join you with ScrapHappy on 15th March if that’s okay?

    • katechiconi says:

      Of course! Do you want to do just a one off, or join on a more regular basis? If the former, just post on 15th. If the latter, I’ll email you a reminder and add you to the links at the bottom of the post. Let me know.

  14. claire93 says:

    If you could add me to the email reminder list, that would be good.
    I reckon, if I sign up to post regularly, that will motivate me to have a scrappy sewing session once a month.

  15. I love happy rainbow quilts. What a brilliant way to use up scraps. I’ve been messing with all my purples and came up with a perfect purple mess LOL.

  16. I love your squares. They make me happy. Maybe one day soon I’ll have a lot of scraps to make something interesting out of them.

  17. What gorgeous squares! I can’t wait to see it all together. Kate, have you ever arranged a quilt in rainbow order with neutrals toward the outside? Something to think about. Red orange yellow blue green violet with gray, black and brown toward the border. It might not work give the layout required. Just a thought.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a lovely idea, but more for a quilt that’s made with much smaller blocks (these are 12 inches square), or it would be vast 🙂 Also, I work with what scraps I have available and I have least neutrals of all, so it will have to wait till I’ve built up my stock of scraps in those colours. But I’ll add it to the list of things to try for ScrapHappy!

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