ScrapHappy February

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

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 got something to show you. I’m making hexie flowers for a memory quilt from the scraps generated by Days for Girls and this month I halted flower production and started sewing them together. It’s one of those jobs you can do mindlessly in the evenings when you haven’t the energy for anything more mentally demanding.

All but the two flowers at bottom right are sewn in. I still have a whole boxful of them to be added, so it’s not going to be finished any time soon! The quilt is called Days gone By, because all the scraps are from fabrics used by Days for Girls for their kits.

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, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

See you again, same time next month!

43 thoughts on “ScrapHappy February

  1. tialys says:

    I like mindless evening jobs. Usually it’s knitting or crochet but I’m working on a more complicated pattern at the moment so need to concentrate. I have got a box of hexies though!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think you’ve mentioned your hexies before…. I will believe in them when I see you start to sew them together 😉 Seriously, though, I’m rather enjoying the assembly process!

      • tialys says:

        Mentioning them now and again reminds me they’re there and, one day, I’ll actually get them out and do something with them.

      • katechiconi says:

        That would be fun! I don’t know how many you have, but even something small would be better than leaving them in the cupboard… How about a cushion cover or table runner?

  2. Moira says:

    Mindless jobs can be a good thing! It’s looking wonderful.

  3. That is so pretty. I used to do mindless things when I watched TV as well, but then I gave my tv set away (one of the best things I’ve ever done) so now I get to do mindless things completely mindlessly!!!
    I was hoping to have a scrappy cushion made for today, but that didn’t happen. A friend gave me a whole lot of offcuts from one of her interior designing jobs but it’s still sitting in a glorious yet untouched pile in the workroom. Maybe later…..;)

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d be OK without a TV, but I think the Husband would miss some things it offers. Not to worry about the scrappy cushion; we’ll see it if time allows, and if not, well, maybe next time?

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    They look just stunning.

  5. […] Joining in with Kate and her happy band of scrappers in her regular Scrap Happy post. […]

  6. Your hexies make me feel nostalgic – they look lovely. I’m glad to be joining in this month.

  7. I have some knitted hexies and this reminds me that I really should do something with them. Yours are looking lovely – the true spirit of patchwork.

  8. rutigt says:

    Isn´t it nice to have that kind of work to do, when you just don´t want to do anything! I love handpiecing and right now that´s all I´m gonna do, because my sewing machine brook down. I´ll take it to the “doctor” on Monday.

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  10. modflowers says:

    I LOVE your hexies and the way they’re coming together! A hexie quilt was the first proper thing I ever sewed. I still have it, but it’s a bit grubby and I’m sure that not all the hexies are colourfast, so I daren’t wash it!
    I have a massive scrap bag and it makes me want to do something with it… but I have several commissions I should be getting on with!

    • katechiconi says:

      If you wash it by hand in cold water with Lux and put a few colour-catcher sheets in with it, you’d probably be safe, but I do understand you want to preserve it. I send out every quilt I make with colour catchers; even the most expensive fabrics occasionally lose a bit of colour. I’m really pleased you have commissions to keep you busy, but I’d love to see you make use of those scraps some time. I have a whole book case filled with shoeboxes of colour-sorted scraps. I will never, ever, see the end of it… and these hexies aren’t even MY scraps!

  11. KerryCan says:

    Every time I see a hexie quilt, I think I want to make one! I need to finish up a few other projects first, though . . .

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, it’s the kind of project that you can pick up and put down as time allows, it’s portable and it’s easy. Just start with a few flowers and see what happens. You can always use them to decorate something else if you get bored with it.

  12. kathyreeves says:

    Love the look of this Kate, and what a great memory maker too.

  13. Dayphoto says:

    I love seeing your projects and what you are up to at the moment. You are the most talented person. I count myself lucky I can come here and see ‘you’.

  14. magpiesue says:

    It’s lovely to have something to sew that doesn’t require much mental effort. This is going to be wonderful when you finally declare it done. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It sure is, and I have plenty of evenings when that’s exactly what is needed. I’ll declare this one at lap quilt size, but I think there’ll be more of them, as the DfG team isn’t going to run out of scraps any time soon.

  15. Joanne S says:

    One of these days… Hexies are on the to-do bucket list 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s one of those processes that becomes either boring or addictive. Personally, I find it addictive, but many people start with the best of intentions and grind to a halt pretty quickly. By the time you’ve made something cushion cover size, you’ll know!

  16. Nanette says:

    Your hexie flower garden is bloomin’ lovely. I put a SHD post up late last night and now catching up on blog posts…..internet has been down and patchy in the Valley for days, we’re all fed up!

  17. Oh what fun! I love this.

  18. That’s lovely, and thanks for the update – and the tip about colour catcher sheets. I didn’t really believe that they worked but now I know that they do, I shall keep my eyes open for them.

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