ScrapHappy July

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

This month, we’re welcoming more new members to the ScrapHappy group. Last month, Jon joined us with a scrappy electronics project, and now, Joanne, Johanna and Dawn – who is bringing us some jewellery she’s made from scrap silver from other projects. I’m loving that the scope and range of scrappiness is growing beyond the fabric/ yarn format!

This month is our ScrapHappyversary. The first ever ScrapHappy post went up in July 2015, and since then, there has been a scrappy post from Gun and myself on the 15th of every month come rain or shine, with more and more people joining us as time went on. Go scraps!

Here’s my offering this month. You may recall that when I was making the original $11 Rainbow scrappy quilt I had a number of much paler blocks, pastel shades that didn’t work with the strong brights I ended up using. I’ve pulled the paler red, blue, pink, teal and green blocks out of the cupboard, and added pale yellow, grey, beige/brown and lilac to join them. You guessed it. There’s another rainbow quilt on the way…

That’s a dapple of sunlight making the pale patch on the design wall, not a really strange effect of the colours I used!

At this stage, I’m not at all sure I’ll have enough of the pale scraps to complete a pastel rainbow quilt the same size as the other one. I have a whole range of colour ideas for the sashing, but whether I can find any of them in a shade I like and a price I can afford (I have a nasty habit of falling in love with expensive shot colours…) is the question. For now, I’m thinking a cool grey instead of dark blue, and scrappy joining strips as before, but I’ll wait till the quilt decides and lets me know. Or how about a very low value, small scale print that unifies all the colours? That might look a bit busy, but it could work… If I don’t make more blocks, this version might also end up with much wider sashing to compensate for the lack of another row in each direction, or I could set them on point, then I just have to do triangular setting blocks? Tell me what you think 🙂

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 or useful 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, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

See you again, same time next month!

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45 thoughts on “ScrapHappy July

  1. magpiesue says:

    My brain isn’t working very well at the moment so I have no suggestions for you. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with though!

    • katechiconi says:

      All sorts of unlikely colours are swirling through my brain, some I don’t even like that much, but which would work well as the ‘tie’ between all the others. It’ll come to me, a bit further down the line.

  2. nettyg says:

    Happy Scrapaversary! And welcome to the new members, so good to see the definition of scrappiness expanding. I think you’ll come up with just the right plan for your soft rainbows, which are lovely. Our Tweed Lincraft is closing down and everything in store, including fabric is 40% off…..you could come for a visit or I could see what they have that would work and post to you…..probably cheaper than a plane fare. I’m planning a shop this week to stock up on F2F colours and notions. I have a scrappy project, will see if I get a post done.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, that’s a really kind suggestion, but I think it’ll have to wait until I have all the scrappy blocks done before I can decide what colour will work best. Our Lincraft closed down a year ago, and has just reopened in a better location, so there’s hope for you yet… Hope to see a scrappy project if time allows xx

  3. Lynda says:

    And when you figure out the finishing touches it will be just as lovely as the last one. Loving these lighter colored blocks! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I was a bit “meh” about them before, because they didn’t appeal as much as the brilliant colours in the last quilt, but now I see them together they’ll make a lovely soft-coloured version. I just need to think of the unifying colour. Dark blue worked well for a stained-glass effect, but not for this one…

  4. I don’t know how you manage to make scraps look so good but you always manage. Love them.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it’s maybe allowing myself to bend the ‘rules’ a bit, and letting small amounts of other colours in so the visual effect is more varied?

      • tialys says:

        Eek! Are there ‘rules’? If so, I haven’t kept to any at all which will probably show. This is going to be a lovely version whether you keep it as it is or expand it. No suggestions for colours at this stage but, if you set them on point, will you still be able to QAYG?

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, only that you’d expect a blue block to contain, well, blue (as opposed to bits of pink, green, orange and yellow, etc, which I’ve allowed to sneak in). And yes, I think QAYG should be entirely possible, the blocks are still squares, you just join them on the diagonal.

      • It’s perfect that way.

  5. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It is just amazing what you can do with such small pieces of fabric !!! love it !

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    The sunlight coming through and catching the blocks is lovely, so how about going for a light cloured fabric which would make it look as if that sunlight was coming through. Not sure I have expressed myself very well.

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  8. claire93 says:

    the great thing about blogs, is you also have an on-line journal, with photos, of all the scrap projects you made over the past 3 years!

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  10. Love the colors and the patterns…I have always admired quilting but alas I am hardly capable of sewing to squares together. So I double enjoy seeing work from talented quilters like yourself. Happy anniversary and thank you for brining us together! xo Johanna

    • katechiconi says:

      Sewing is one of my skills, thank goodness – just as well, considering that making quilts is my main creative outlet. I’ve always hated throwing away small pieces of fabric I love, and so has Gun, which is how we came to start the whole ScrapHappy idea, making something new and beautiful from what someone else would consider waste.

  11. Joanne S says:

    Happy Scrap Happy Anniversary! I’m slowly working my way through everyone’s scrap projects. What great ideas and minds! (I’m getting ideas 😉 ). BTW, I love the color blends in your blocks.

  12. Some of those scrappy blocks are so lovely that I would be tempted to make them into their own project – like a cushion or a bag – but then you really would be short for a good-sized quilt.

  13. Hi Kate.
    And Everyone 🙂
    Thanks for the invite, I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of photographing and sharing my process of reusing my scrap, and I’ve also enjoyed all your posts – I’ve not managed to put comments on everyone’s blogs (I couldn’t find where to on some I’m afraid), and many of you sewers are way beyond my skill set – I’ve enjoyed the photos, but it is all a little bit ‘here’s the science part’ white-noisey in places, given I can thread a needle – but only just! Anyway, I’m hoping you’ll all see this comment, and I’ve followed a few of you. Thanks again Kate – I hope to add something to your group occasionally.

  14. KerryCan says:

    I’ve always liked the idea of similar quilts in different color ranges–so much to explore. And I also like the idea of setting these on point–it seems to give a quilt a kind of movement. I’ll look forward to seeing what you decide!

    • katechiconi says:

      A lot is going to depend on my stock of scraps in particular colours. It also occurs to me that the blocks I’ve made so far may not look right when set on point as they’re so very ‘square’ internally. Time for a little experiment, I think 🙂

  15. Moira says:

    More wonderful blocks! they will make a lovely quilt when you’re finished.

  16. rosejasm says:

    I like the idea of doing a bag as the size of a quilt is intimidating – looking forward to seeing how this one pans out, yes to a faded colour but I’m no help to which one!!!

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  18. dezertsuz says:

    Whatever you do with those blocks, they are so pretty that it will be wonderful!

  19. rutigt says:

    LIKE!!!!! I´m so sorry for not having read your post earlier. I just have to blame the heat for that.. No rain, just the sun for several days.
    Your pale scrappy blocks are looking great together. At first I thought you´d have a pale sashing so the blocks wouldn´t disappear, but looking a second time at your blocks ………… why not have a wide dark sashing, making your blocks look like small islands on the quilt! Just think about it 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I’ll go for a paler colour than the dark blue I used on the bright version. I’d like this quilt to have a soft, vintage look, and less of a contrast will help achieve that, I think.

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