ScrapHappy February: A bit of everything

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.

I have a mixed bag to show today, having been pretty busy with scrapbusting this past month. As well as the fabric bowl you’ve seen very recently…

The teapot for Dale that you’ve seen slightly less recently…

I also have progress to show on the hexie quilt I’m making for Days for Girls. I haven’t shown that for a while, so hopefully the before and after shots will speak for themselves.


And after

Just a bit of progress, then! Now I look back at everything, I’ve got quite a lot of scrappiness done this month. More lovely scraps saved for a second chance at something useful, beautiful or both.

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, Sue L,
Sunny and Kjerstin

Next month, I’ll still be on our forthcoming road trip, so I may not have so much to show.

48 thoughts on “ScrapHappy February: A bit of everything

  1. I am impressed at the progress you have made on the second hexi quilt. Good going. The fabric bowl really is beautiful and you could fool me that it’s fabric. The teapot is a favorite. My daughter being a tea drinker would love it. Not that I’ll get around to making one. I think she will have to learn to quilt herself to get that one. ;( It’s just delicious. Glad you are back at it all now. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m having a flush of activity before we head out on holiday with the caravan. Things will be quieter on the craft front while we’re away, although I’m pretty sure you can look forward to some of my usual travelogues and food photography!

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  3. You are a rolling stone of scrap-creativity!

  4. You are amazing Kate – the amount you get through boggles my tiny mind! While everything individually is a wee work of art that bowl is simply the best! I’m out again this month, currently packing up my house for the re-building work that now has to take place thanks to a sneaky, slow leaking hot water cylinder that has rotted out a large part of the floors in the utility rooms and possibly further areas as yet unidentified. While the extent of the work is currently unknown, I have been banished for at least a fortnight. My makings room was commandeered four weeks ago and my creative life consequently came to a screaming halt. I move out tomorrow.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sounds like a recipe for a bit of peaceful hand-sewing – or it would in my case! Do you have any tiny, tidy, self-contained projects to stop you going bonkers? I think in your position, I’d grab some card, a scalpel and a sharp pencil and do some paper art…

      • I have just packed up one of those shopping trolley things. Packed to the gunnels with all the things that might be handy – who knows it might be my most productive time in six months 😀

      • katechiconi says:

        Wow, yes! It would be a great incentive, having picked stuff out, and having had to transport them, you would be quite motivated to make all the hassle worthwhile! Can’t wait to see what comes of it…

  5. tialys says:

    Ooh, you have made real progress with your hexies. They are looking really good. Did you do the black ribbon thing with your bowl in the end or decide against it?

    • katechiconi says:

      The hexies are almost twice the size of the previous time, and I’m working on it differently, doing a square block and adding it in, instead of stitching on a long strip.
      I’ve done the ribbon thing: I bought narrow ribbon with solid satin edges and an organza strip up the middle so you get a tiny hint of pink through it. It’s now stuck down and once it’s completely dry, I’ll put a couple of coats of sealant over the lot.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh my Kate, so much lovely scrappiness. The bowl is a work of art, I love the teapot and am full of admiration at all the work on the hexie quilt, especially after the knock back you got.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it’s been a great month for scraps! The month after may not be so impressive, as I’ll be on holiday, but I’ll see how I get on with the hexies, which I’m taking with me.

  7. claire93 says:

    hexies are coming along in leaps & bounds!

  8. What a scrap-tasatic month you have had..

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    The hexies have come on so much! and the bowl is fabulous!

  10. really love that scrappy bowl, hard to believe it is fabric – the tea light is a wonderful idea. It is good to watch the hexies grow. You have been busy.

    • katechiconi says:

      Paper on the inside, fabric on the outside… It’s funny, the hexies seemed to suddenly leap ahead, but then it has been a month since I last showed them. Next time there should be more progress too, as I’m taking them on holiday with me.

  11. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Lovely work, all of it !!

  12. anne54 says:

    Surely, with all the scrappy work you have done, you have no scraps left in your stash? 😂 Your hexie quilt is so bold and the fabric in the teapot delightful. Are we going to get a photo of the bowl with its black ribbon?

    • katechiconi says:

      Snort, cackle, yeah, right! You have NO idea how many scraps I have! Everything I make generates more, and people GIVE them to me for the Days Gone By hexie quilt…. I need to come up with a way of using *large* quantities quickly and easily soon, or I’ll go under!

  13. Susan Nixon says:

    Nicely done, all the way around. I like the teapot fabric, so soft and feminine. Hexagons are always a wonderful thing!

  14. I luuuuurve my teapot 😍

  15. Lots of lovely scrappiness. Love the bowl!

  16. magpiesue says:

    That looks like a good bit of progress on the hexie project in spite of the time you’ve spent on other projects. Nothing to be ashamed of here!

  17. mlmcspadden says:

    Lots of wonderful scrappiness for you this month. And it all looks wonderful!

  18. rutigt says:

    Good work! The hexie project is looking so good!

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  20. modflowers says:

    I LOVE your scrap happy hexies! I have a small piece of vintage hexie patchwork in similar hues – they really are so happy, aren’t they?
    I wasn’t aware of your monthly scrap happy thing (I’m terrible at keeping up with blogs – I tend to skim through Instagram instead) but I did happen upon Ann Wood’s scrap challenge – which runs on a similar idea, but just once a year. Details here (if you haven’t seen her blog already):
    I’m participating in her scrap swap – I’ll post on my blog about it.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve been doing ScrapHappy once a month for over 5 years now, starting with just two of us and now look! I’ve been following Anne Wood’s block for a few months and saw her Scrap Festival. I think you should join us for ScrapHappy Day – all your wonderful and fantastical creatures are scrappy, and there’s no obligation to show something new every time.

  21. Sunny says:

    Wow! So much progress on the hexies, and I can’t believe that beautiful fabric bowl. Well done, and enjoy your road trip!

    • katechiconi says:

      The hexie progress seems to have snuck up on me, I certainly haven’t been giving them any extra time. The bowl was huge fun, and I’m planning to make more once we’re back from our trip next month.

  22. My mum, recently retired, has dug out her hexie quilt to finish. It was started when I was at school (and you know my age so can gasp appropriately). It was such fun seeing fabrics form my childhood clothes. I am inspired to make one too, but I need to be rational about UFOs.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have brought not one but TWO hexie projects on holiday with me. And some crochet. And several books on my Kindle. Whether I’ll find time for any of it depends on weather, the blandishments of my friends and the Hound, and how much extra snoozing I feel inspired to do…

  23. Create Beautiful Quilts says:

    I love the quilt you are working on! So fun!

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