ScrapHappy August: Another row

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.

Last time, I showed you the proposed next two rows of Days Gone By. You can see the two down the bottom are missing their black hexie ‘spacers’.

One of the rows has now been completed and stitched in, and the next row is waiting to have its black hexies added before I carry on there.

We’re very nearly at the point where the piece is square. Once I’m there, I can decide how much larger it needs to be and can start ‘sewing around the world’, or adding rows all round the outside instead of just at the bottom. Still sooooo many hexies available, and ever-increasing bags of small scraps from the Days for Girls team. The next one will be quicker – it has to be or I’ll never get anything else done.

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). If you’ve copied this list from previous posts, please use the one below as it’s the most up to date 🙂

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

See you again, same time next month

50 thoughts on “ScrapHappy August: Another row

  1. tialys says:

    Looking good! Did I read the words ‘the next one’ ? You must love a hexie!
    Just caught this before I go to my bed. It’s not the 15th until tomorrow here – 🤣 – so that’s when my scrappy post is scheduled for.
    See you then.

    • katechiconi says:

      The next scrappy quilt for DfG will definitely not be hexies! I’m thinking small squares, or blocks made up of different sized scraps, like my rainbow scrappy quilts. Anything to use up a load of scraps quickly. After that, I might do some more hexies…

  2. Love the colours and love the idea 💝

    • katechiconi says:

      The idea was easy, and the colours are chosen for me by what’s available; all I do is chose the placement. But it’s looking good.

      • The combination of colours are excellent… considering it’s all scraps

      • katechiconi says:

        Well, I do try to avoid putting like colours together, so there’s a bit of variety.

      • I have a place mat that an old aunt in Calcutta made for me before I got married… she used some old denim as backing and just sewed scraps on the top … I could put a board into the denim pocket so as to put hot pots on it… I can’t upload the pic here but will send u in message …. it’s 26 years old now but I still love using it … amazing how these ideas are age old ….

  3. Slow advance is better than no advance Kate. I know this as I have nothing for this month having been mostly absent from any arting or crafting…..

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s slow but satisfying work. And the lovely thing about ScrapHappy is that you don’t *have* to post anything (well, apart from me, that is!) if you don’t have anything to show.

  4. Moira says:

    Looking really good!

  5. I’m absolutely certain I don’t have your patience for that kind of detail work. I didn’t know you added the black squares in later. It’s going to wonderful as it is already.

    • katechiconi says:

      The top photo shows the hexie flowers just laid out, not actually attached. Each one then needs to have two black hexies attached to it and then it gets sewn onto the previous row. It’s *just* varied enough to keep me interested!

  6. That really is something, Kate. I admire your patience and fine motor skills. This hex quilt is a thing of beauty.

    • katechiconi says:

      My hands are still up to it, but threading the fine needle I need can be a trial in bad light. As for the patience, well, I do a lot of the stitching in the DfG sewing group, so the conversation keeps me interested while my hands are otherwise engaged!

      • Ah yes…the needle. It was a happy day for me when I realized I could use the magnifier on my Ott craft light. My friend uses one of those magnifiers that you wear around your neck. I like that idea best of all.

      • katechiconi says:

        I have a large work light/magnifier beside my chair, but I keep forgetting the magnifier bit. The next step has got to be the one that goes round your neck; hard to miss that!

      • I’m glad you’ve got the gear, Kate. I often chastise myself for not using the tools that would make my life easier, simply because I’m too lazy to go get them. It happens all the time in the garden. What is that about?

      • katechiconi says:

        I call it ‘being in the flow’ and not wanting to stop, put down what I was doing, go and rummage around, and then come back and try and remember where I was and what I was thinking about. I can hold the thought while I curse my unsuccessful needle-threading, but not if I have to get up and go into another room and fetch something!

      • That’s it! Yes, that’s it exactly. 😉

  7. such wonderful, joyful colours, it will all be worth it when finished, a real treasure.

    • katechiconi says:

      I hope they’ll raffle it, as this would raise more funds for them than an auction, I think. I’m getting rather fond of it myself, so I’d like to see it go to a good home 🙂

  8. […] along over to Kate’s place and see links to lots of other inspiring Scrap Happy projects. Scrap Happy day is on the 15th of […]

  9. I really like the random cheerfulness and the black hexies, give a little order/rhythm/design to the quilt. Here is a link to my Scrap Happy August: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/scrap-happy-edge/

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    It looks so pretty, and you inspired me this month with my hexie quilt.

  11. Your persistence is so impressive… and what a beautiful creation it is turning into. How big do you thing you will allow it to get?

  12. KerryCan says:

    I’m blown away every time I see this! Four feet?! I didn’t know it was that large!

  13. Lynda says:

    I have a Hexie project started… but I must confess, that I love seeing your progress more than I like working on mine. I do work on it from time to time and maybe I’ll get it done some day. Maybe. In the meantime I continue to enjoy your progress!

    • katechiconi says:

      I find the trick lies in keeping it handy. If I’m casting about for something to do with my hands, it’s right there, waiting for a few more stitches. If it’s put away too much, I don’t want to bother.

  14. rutigt says:

    Never ending story 🙂 But a nice one! I, myself, have a bag filled with small hexies covered in different blue fabrics. I have started to piece them together into hexie flowers and one day I´ll make something nice of them.

  15. Nancy says:

    It’s amazing what a difference the little black hexies make to the whole design of this quilt. I think this will be a happy quilt!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s certainly made with fabric scraps from projects that have gone out to young women around the world, with love from their sisters. I reckon that makes for a quilt with happiness built in.

  16. dezertsuz says:

    It’s looking wonderful, Kate, and reminds me that I have at least 3 EPP hexagon projects started – ooops, make it 4 as another just popped into my head! One of mine has a triangle of black hexagons to separate them, and I do like the black in your project and mine.

  17. claire93 says:

    this really is coming together!

  18. I always love a raffle; I find it terribly hard to resist, even when (this would not be the case here, btw) the prize is something I’m not too keen on winning – such as the signed local rugby shirts offered at MrG’s work *yawn*
    Thanks again for inviting me to join in, I’m really enjoying planning my posts, and reading everyone else’s

  19. Joanne S says:

    Scrappy quilts are my favorite type. I think the scrappiness is what makes it look so comforting. This is a beautiful quilt. 🙂

  20. kymlucas says:

    Love this quilt.

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