ScrapHappy May: not even $11!

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.

Those of you who’ve been around this blog a while will remember my scrappy quilt The $11 Rainbow, so called because that’s all it cost to make. A few months ago, the Dowager (aka my MIL), asked if I’d give it to her, as she really liked it. Despite the fact that it’s one of my favourites, I did. On the very day we were first allowed to visit each other again with a slight easing of restrictions, she came by for coffee and home made bickies. During the visit, she asked if I’d make her a cushion cover to match it. She has a memory-foam pillow in her chair, and wanted a cover that matches the quilt, also quilted and ideally with a zipper. Certainly, ma’am.

Scrappy colour selection in progress

$11R was made from my brightest scraps, bordered with an inky dark blue. She didn’t want the dark blue, though. So I made the entire front from bright scraps, shading from blue through purple, red, pink, orange and yellow. I wasn’t even going to try hiding the joins between the colour strips – for this application, life was definitely just too short!

The colours actually blend a little better in real life; that hard line down the centre doesn’t show so much

The back itself is a little more conservative in colour scheme, using some of my pretty red and green scraps in a larger size than on the front. Because this is wrapping an actual bed pillow rather than a cushion form, I needed to put the zip at one end so it could be put on like a pillowcase, instead of my preferred position across the centre back. The zipper is also a scrap, recycled from an old work jacket of the Husband’s. It was too long, so I shortened it by cutting the end off and wrapping the cut end with a strip of fabric.

What can I say? I didn’t spend a cent, let alone $11!

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. We have a new member, welcome Vera.

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

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

66 thoughts on “ScrapHappy May: not even $11!

  1. I had a look at the $11 Rainbiw quilt… it is beautiful and liked stained glass, no wonder your MiL loved it. Lovely that she asked for and you could make her a matching pillow cover… your talents are in demand and appreciated ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      I love that quilt and was sad to see it go, but was pleased that she also liked it enough to ask for it. A pity she doesn’t care for the dark blue bordering so much, as I feel it adds a contrast that the bright colours need. Never mind, this is a nice bright cover, and she has two colour options to choose from 🙂

  2. Such a lovely sight to wake up to … I love the colours and I’m learning slowly how to make colours match … you say in your blog to contact you to add anything we have made … would you add my two cushion covers to your ScrapHappy blog as I have no idea how to … ♥️

  3. anne54 says:

    It’s lovely, Kate, so bright and dynamic, a great way to celebrate being able to visit. (Yesterday I saw Mum for the first time in 2 months ~big smiles~) The Dowager sounds like a woman who knows her own mind!

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ll be dropping it off to her today (hurray that we can do that again!), so I’ll be able to gauge whether I’ve got it right… You’re quite right about the Dowager, she’s a lady of decided opinions 🙂

  4. Dayphoto says:

    I love your Rainbow…any Rainbow works for me, in a deep blue sky or a bright blue sky or shining off a forest!

  5. Well it was lovely of you to keep the MIL happy. That keeps home life happy. It turned out nicely and I be delighted with it too. She’s on smart cookie, your MIL. 😉 Such a pretty thing for no cost!

  6. kymlucas says:

    My favorite kind of quilted time! Made from scraps!

  7. Msrty K says:

    Beautiful! Love those colors, especially the darker blues and purples. Taste is such an individual thing! 😃

    A friend of mine sent me a mask made from scraps and I’m ever so grateful!

  8. Oh Kate, that’s lovely. Those brilliant colors and the way you’ve laid out your pattern makes my heart sing. What a fortunate MIL.

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  10. teamwilsun says:

    Kate this is so lovely! You are so clever and scrappy!!! And well done for keeping your MIL happy. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I just delivered it to her, and she has a big smile on her face now, so that’s good. I do love a quick’n’scrappy project every so often – mostly, they’re very slow and scrappy 🙂

  11. NICE! Scrap quilts were always my favorite but there seems to be none left of the ones my grandmother made. Thanks for sharing!

    • katechiconi says:

      I dearly love a scrappy quilt because it makes the most of fabrics someone spent time and effort making (even if it’s mostly on machines these days). And most of them are too pretty to throw out anyway, even if my frugal brain would let me 🙂

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  13. nanacathy2 says:

    What a truly wonderful gift to celebrate families coming together again. I am sure your MIL will be delighted.

  14. Done and dusted in no time at all and not a cent spent! You are a wonder! I hope your MiL aka The Dowager appreciates you 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      She was surprised and delighted to have it so quickly, and equally in favour of both sides, so I fully expect to see it in action at her house for the foreseeable future.

  15. tialys says:

    So! Did she come right out and ask you for the quilt – just like that – or did she work her way up to it?
    Either way, she’s got a lovely set of scrappiness there.

  16. claire93 says:

    so pleased to hear The Dowager shares your love of colourful fabrics!

  17. rutigt says:

    Wow! I like both sides of that pillow! She´s gonna love it!!!!

  18. You are a very generous soul Kate! It is, of course, beautiful – your creations always are and beautifully made to boot. Enjoy being the flavour of the month and hopefully the whole year – you deserve it.

  19. I’m fantasizing about being able to go and have coffee and bickies with anyone right now, let alone asking them to make me something! Anyway, you creation is lovely and I hope she appreciates it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I might have left it a bit longer if we had any active cases at all in Mackay, but there are none… I’m just glad to have made something she’ll get pleasure from.

  20. The pillowcase reflects both colour and love on both sides! It is a kaleidoscope and a mirror – wonderful Kate!

  21. magpiesue says:

    Brilliant. How wonderful that she liked your quilt so much to ask for it!

  22. Joanne S says:

    What a wonderful DIL you are. Really admire how to colors segue into each other. Very nice!

    • katechiconi says:

      It shows up better in the WIP photo; on the finished thing the light bounces off the pink section too strongly and bleaches it out. I could have tinkered for hours more getting it even more gradual, but I thought she’d enjoy having it sooner rather than later!

  23. knitnkwilt says:

    I had to go check out the $11.00 quilt. Had forgotten its name but recognized the strip of tiny pieces in the sashing. Yep. I like the quilt, and the pillow will go well.

  24. Oh boy, my kind of cushion. It’s divine!!!!!!!

  25. Moira says:

    Great looking cushion cover! And how nice to have everything already on hand to make it.

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