ScrapHappy April

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.

Here’s more progress on Days Gone By, the memory quilt made from scraps generated in the making of Days for Girls kits. Quite a lot to show, this time!


And after:

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 genuine 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). We have two new members this month, do go see and if Bekki and Pauline have anything for us.

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, Connie, Bekki and Pauline

I’ve also had an email from Eileen Burke, who wanted to share a particularly amazing scrappy project with us. She says:

“This quilt was started when I was 15, made completely from scraps, and finished when I was 45!  Better late than never. That was 12 years ago, and I  use the quilt almost every day…. The quilt was inspired by one that I saw in the Queenscliffe museum when I was young, made by WWII prisoners of war.  Mine has so many memories for me, friends would give me scraps of fabric to include, and my mother used to work in a clothing factory as a machinist and would bring home offcuts of fabric for me. I hope to go back to making quilts some time, but probably not by hand again!”

She goes on to say that the largest squares in the quilt are 1 x 1 inch.  And here it is, in all its marvellous scrappy glory. Brilliant!See you again, same time next month


44 thoughts on “ScrapHappy April

  1. Love the completed quilt – 1″sq scraps = amazing!! Also your flower quilt is so eyecatching. Alys always told me I’d enjoy seeing these posts – she was right! I hope my non-fabric offering meets the criteria, please do let me know if I’ve breached any rules.

  2. love your “days gone by” it is so bright and cheerful -and what a lot of work.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is a lot of work, but it’ll be worth it. I couldn’t see all those scraps thrown away when I knew something pretty could be made from them for just a bit of effort, and I hope it’ll raise lots of money for them when it’s finally finished and raffled.

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the quilt you are doing and the one that was emailed to you is incredible.

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it amazing? And she had such perseverance to stick to it and finish it. It just doesn’t look like a first (and only) quilt, so I hope she makes another some day.
      I’m enjoying the scrappy DfG quilt, all those wonderful colours and patterns jumbled up together 🙂

  6. blimey, that month flew by.

    • katechiconi says:

      It did a bit! I’ve been head down, bum up in renovation and removals, so it’s a miracle any work happened at all, but it’s because my normal sewing stuff is unavailable!

  7. You really have made good progress on the DfG quilt and I’m thinking it’s going to take somewhat less than 30 years to finish. But, how lovely to see something that was worked on for so long… and to know that it is used every day too.

  8. rutigt says:

    What a beautiful quilt she has made. I love it! And how you found time to sew your hexies I don´t know, but they are also looking great!

  9. claire93 says:

    your hands have been busy, when not moving boxes and DIYing the house!

    • katechiconi says:

      At the point where the back and feet give up and I park my backside in my armchair, my hands start searching for something to do! You can’t beat hexies, they’re easy and mindless…

  10. KerryCan says:

    You made a lot of progress! I’m amazed, given everything else you’ve had going on! Eileen’s quilt is astounding. The memories and the years over which she worked on it–what a great scrappy treasure!

  11. tialys says:

    Having no sewing room is obviously good for hand sewn projects then!!
    An amazing memory quilt from Eileen – let’s hope the time it took hasn’t put her off quilting for good.

  12. Lynda says:

    “Slow Food”, “Slow Fashion” and now Slow Quilting! Commendable and lovely work from you both, Kate and Eileen.

  13. Nanette says:

    I love Eileen’s quilt, all those tiny squares and years of stitching. I hope we see more from her. And your DfG flower garden is bloomin’ marvellous 🙂 I managed to get a scrappy post up in time for once.

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  15. Your patchwork really has grown. So lovely to make it from scraps to remind your of when your girls were small.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, I’m afraid I’ve never had the privilege of being a parent.
      This is something else; these are scraps left over from the sewing group I belong to, Days for Girls, which makes reusable sanitary kits for girls in disadvantaged parts of the world. If they have no sanitary products, they can’t attend school, or later in life, go to work. If you click on the Days for Girls link at the start of the post, you can find out more if you’re interested.

      • Sorry I miss understood. I was thinking you were terribly good making loads of clothes for your children and remembering to keep all the scraps while doing all the million other things parents do too.
        Will take look at Days for Girls – haven’t heard of that before.

  16. Joanne S says:

    Amazing progress considering all that is going on in your life! I love hearing quilt stories – so glad she was able to finish this beautiful quilt..

  17. Moira says:

    Great progress on your quilt. Aren’t you glad that it has been there to work on when you’ve been to pooped to do much after all the reno’s going on?

    And thanks for posting the other quilt……it is wonderful, but something I’d never do with those tiny pieces.

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree, I find it almost intimidating to think of all those minute bits needing to be stitched together, and by hand! So I’m doubly impressed that it’s her first quilt.
      As for my quilt, I’m enjoying the mindless way it’s growing – apart, of course, from choosing which flowers to add next!

  18. You have made amazing progress considering how much else you have going on these days. Your friend Eileen’s quilt is impressive with it’s tiny bits and perseverance to completion. Scrap happy has gone a bit wild and fun. Inspiration seems to be everywhere. Thanks for all of it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love that there’s been a sudden burst of interest in the last few months, as if scraps had suddenly reached critical mass and are now shouting for attention! It’s such fun 🙂

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