ScrapHappy June: Sugar sprinkles

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 don’t really enjoy improv. It’s too…. disorganised. But sometimes, what you have in front of you cries out for some serious improvisation. Later this year, it’s going to be my turn to receive F2F blocks (Footsquare Freestyle, for those who don’t follow regularly). My chosen colour theme is light and mid greys, whites and brights (except yellow, I’m not a big fan and I’m a bit picky, so I’ll be supplying my own yellow blocks!). Well, I thought I’d warm up to making my own blocks by using some of my scraps.

The F2F blocks will certainly become a quilt, and this being the case, I decided to make a quilted pillowcase (or maybe two) to go with it. And this is the first stage, the pieced front (still to be quilted).

I’ve used some fairly tiny scraps and quite a lot of scrappy grey, many of the darker pieces turned back to front to allow them to blend in. I haven’t allowed myself to get all agitated about wonky seams or strange angles. I think it works…. There’ll be another one in the pipeline at some stage. As I said, I don’t really enjoy the process, although I do like the outcome! If the blocks I receive have the same sort of colour balance (ie, more grey than colour) I’ll probably end up calling the quilt Sugar Sprinkles.

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, 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.

69 thoughts on “ScrapHappy June: Sugar sprinkles

  1. Happy days for me … it’s my first time here so thank you for adding me. I shall be posting soon 🤩

  2. Marty K says:

    Loving all the little pops of color among the greys. I’m so happy looking at this piece! 😃 I’d totally love to put my head on this as a pillow.

  3. Hello
    I have posted my first ScrapHappy post … could you see if I’ve done the right thing ?? 🤩

  4. I like Sugar Sprinkles! It’s a great name and a pretty Pillowcase, what fun to wait for your quilt squares.

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Kate, this is wonderful. I love the crisp and cool feel with the pops of color. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not a great photo; I took it at night in artificial light, but you get the idea. I think a pair of them would look good on a bed with my (eventual) F2F quilt.

  6. Kate, I love all your patterned grays. I’m looking forward to seeing the next F2F unfold.

  7. Moira says:

    Looks wonderful! Got me to thinking about what to do for your F2F blocks

  8. This is fabulous! It looks like really teeny weeny pieces you have there, too. 10 out of 10 for scrap resourcefulness 🙂

  9. rutigt says:

    Wow! This looks very exiting! Can´t wait to see your F2F blocks when they finally arrive! This spring I´ve been working on a yellow quilt, and that color is definitely not a favorite of mine. It´s a gift for a young lady and that´s why I can´t show it yet!

  10. tialys says:

    You’ve certainly used some tiny scraps and it looks great as well as being a useful guideline for those of us who will be making blocks for you.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a second one to make, and I plan to make it a bit different, because I’ve used up a lot of my very scrappy bits of grey. But the proportion of grey to colour will stay the same.

  11. Emmely says:

    Certainly not your usual style but this improv lover thinks it’s good!

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    A scrappy set of pillowcases to match a quilt ssis lideal, and think of the memories as you settle to sleep.

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  14. I love the name sugar sprinkles! Had you shown me the pieces before you stitched them together I would have thought it might be a bit – well – grey! But those sprinkles make it zing but not too loudly! I have some pillowcases appliqued with hexies and they are fine to sleep on.

  15. claire93 says:

    getting into the spirit for when it’s your turn in August, eh?

  16. Sharon says:

    Quite lovely and interesting. As always you can make anything look fabulous!!!!

  17. teamwilsun says:

    Wow — I love those little pops of color against the greys. I also struggle with improv, but you make it look really great!

    • katechiconi says:

      The thing that’ll really make you laugh is that I had to draw a sort of diagram of the thing first to show where I wanted the colourful bits to go. Hardly a spontaneous, free improvisation, but at least it *looks* improv, eh?

  18. I love that your concept of sugar sprinkles is informing your choices of fabrics and placement. Sugar Sprinkles is such a cheerful idea; I would feel happy the whole time I was working on it! But maybe I would have to stop often to go bake some cupcakes. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I love the effect in this small pillowcase sized area, but I couldn’t carry it through to a whole quilt. It is cheerful, isn’t it? And yes, I did keep craving cake!

  19. magpiesue says:

    This will come in handy when it’s time to make your F2F blocks. I’ve known the trick to use the backside of prints to tone down the color a bit but I don’t think I’ve ever done it, at least not more than once or twice. My fear would be getting confused about which side was meant to be up! Your ‘nearly’ improv effort turned out very well!

    • katechiconi says:

      There are at least four or five back-to-front fabrics in this, and mostly they’re hard to identify. I did have to frog a couple of pieces where the brain took over and I stitched them on the wrong way round!

  20. How unlike you… but it looks great.

  21. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Different but cute.

  22. wow, wonderful pillow cases, perfect for technicolour dreams.

  23. cedar51 says:

    love the pops of colour, every which way…

    • katechiconi says:

      The different directions were hard! I’m naturally inclined to symmetry and geometry and straight lines, so this went against the grain for me, but I love the result.

  24. The description in writing at first sounds dull but the squares you’ve made are anything but dull. They take you by surprise and are just wonderful. Wow!

  25. Oh I love it! So many interesting bits and pieces, I could examine it for ages.

  26. Joanne S says:

    I’m saving a lot of low volume fabric scraps for a future quilt. Love the bright color pops. You have a great eye for placement!

    • katechiconi says:

      As I confessed in an earlier reply, I actually drew the 6 squares, decided where I’d place the ‘pops’ and worked from there. In the end, I rearranged everything, but it was a great start point.

  27. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    Love this! It’s a bit Joan Miro/Piet Mondrian!

  28. I’m trying to find your post where you made the coffee rug. I thought it was in scrap happy but so far no luck. I’m losing my mind.

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