ScrapHappy August: Days Gone By

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’d finally completed the hexie part of the Days Gone By quilt. (It might still need some fillers on the left and right hand edges, but it’s otherwise substantially complete.) It was time to head into border country once again!

After some not entirely boring trimming work, I’d assembled 36 x 2½ inch squares which worked nicely as a 12 inch finished block. The first of many border pieces!  These will all be joined into an outer ‘frame’ onto which I will appliqué the hexie panel. I’m making an effort not to use duplicate fabrics within each block.

As you can see, I have the next one laid out ready to go, and yet another one trimmed out. It’s easy enough to take a pile of scraps, a small quilter’s ruler, a cutting mat and a rotary cutter along to the Days for Girls sessions instead of a large piece of hexie hand-stitching, and it sure does chew up the scraps nicely!

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, Vera, Del and Nanette

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

41 thoughts on “ScrapHappy August: Days Gone By

  1. Marty K says:

    Your border is going to be so much fun! I love the extra detail of having the tiny squares within each block. Before I read the text, I had assumed that the fabric squares were larger than 2.5 inches and you were going to use the larger squares for the back of the quilt to make it reversible. This is why reading is so important. 😉 Your way is MUCH better than what I had imagined. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s a lot of fun in choosing the colours and patterns for each block. The back will possibly also be pieced squares, but much larger… I must wait and see till it’s time to construct it.

  2. Susan Nixon says:

    I finally understand how these two go together. =) That scrap usage is wonderful.

    • katechiconi says:

      There will be lots and lots of scraps used… and still more waiting to be used, so I’ll probably start another one pretty quickly. Most likely not a hexie on this time, though.

  3. Can’t believe it’s mid August already !!!
    Happy Independence Day in India 🇮🇳
    Still in lockdown 🙄
    Thank goodness for the joys of quilting.
    I love the quilt 🥰
    Will be posting soonish ♥️

  4. I LoVe using up scraps as well. Just found your group & would be interested in joining in too please…
    Stay safe everyone…

    • katechiconi says:

      Of course you can join in. You’ll need to let me have your name and email address so I can email you the usual reminder a few days before the post is due. Just to reiterate: this is a forum for showing projects made *entirely* from scraps. Also, there’s no need to have something to show every month, just whenever you have something ready.

  5. cedar51 says:

    I love how many “scraps” you seem to have on hand…

    • katechiconi says:

      For this particular quilt, I’m using the scraps generated by Days for Girls, of which there is an 80L tub full… I won’t be running out in a hurry, no matter how fast I make quilts for them to raffle 🙂

  6. There’s something about random squares sewn together that my brain finds enormously appealing! I love yours 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I do too, which is why I keep coming back to it for scrappy quilts! I’m actually living dangerously here and piecing them without the gridded interfacing I used to use to keep things lined up. So far, I’m doing OK!

  7. […] with Kate  for Scrap Happy Day, do pop over for lots of other ideas of what to do with your scraps, […]

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I love these blocks, so much colour, this is going to be wonderful.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s going to be a decent sized lap quilt when it’s done, and really, such a perfect way to ensure that every little bit of the fabric donated for DfG is not wasted.

  9. Love the bright colours, this really made me smile this morning 😊🥰🌈

  10. tialys says:

    What an explosion of colour this will be.
    Sorry, nothing from me this month – my mind is elsewhere.

  11. rutigt says:

    Now this is what I´d call a Scrappy quilt!!! Well done!

  12. knitnkwilt says:

    Those are fun blocks indeed. I remember a time in the distant past when I didn’t have enough variety of scraps and actually bought bags of cut-away fabric. I still come across bits of it in my scrap bins. Yes. That’s plural.

    • katechiconi says:

      My 80 litre bin is just the Days for Girls scraps…. But there are some really interesting ones among them: fabrics from Africa, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, etc.

  13. magpiesue says:

    All those scraps are going to make for a lively, cheerful quilt. I love it!

  14. That is going to be one colourful quilt when it’s finished.

  15. […] For once I’m working with scraps and remembering to get something posted. Am joining up with Kate, Cathy, and other scrap-happy […]

  16. I keep getting sidetracked. Left this page open to write a comment and went flitting away to something else. This is the one you had to start from scratch after the other vanished, right? You have done well and it will be stunning and colorful. Looking forward to the finished project and see where it ends up. I would have a tough time to work on something for so long, with so much love, then let it go. But of course, that is it’s purpose. Bringing joy to someone else.

    • katechiconi says:

      This is that very one. I decided enough was enough with the hexies, and it was time to move a bit faster. The border will consist of blocks like this joined together, all round the outside of the hexie piece. I started this knowing it was a donation piece, so I’m fine with giving it away 🙂

  17. mlmcspadden says:

    Lots of beautiful scraps there. Looking forward to seeing how the border comes together.

  18. claire93 says:

    love your scrappy squares ^^
    Sorry, but I didn’t play with scraps this month . . . hope to do better in September.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll look forward to that 🙂
      I have almost a whole row of the scrappy blocks done now (an afternoon of sewing and listening to audio books, such luxury), so next time I might be in a position to show how the borders will work.

  19. Eva Johansen says:

    What a beautiful scrap quilt.I look forward to see how the border turns out😊

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! The hexie centre has taken a long time, being all sewn by hand, but the borders will take shape much more quickly. I’ll show more next ScrapHappy Day 🙂

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