ScrapHappy September: Days Gone By – border progress

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 just begun creating the border blocks to go around the hexie centre.

Cutting, arranging and stitching these 12 inch blocks gets addictive. Cutting and arranging I can do at my Saturday morning Days for Girls sewing group, and it’s an opportunity to collect yet more DfG scraps to be incorporated (as if I needed any more, what with the 80L (20 gallon) storage tub of them I already have).


I got a bit carried away with the stitching bit the past few weeks, and here’s where I am now:

Two sides of the border completed, another under way, and you can see now how I intend to use it against the hexies. I need to finish the right hand side, and start the bottom border. The zig zag edge of the hexie panel will be hand stitched down onto the border squares and I’ll finally be able to release the last papers from the hexie edge. As always, you can click to enlarge the image.

Mouse has also been the delighted recipient of a scrappy project this week. On a recent fabric shopping trip, I picked up a very long skinny remainder of polar fleece, about 60cm wide by 2 metres long (24×80 inches). I had been trying to find him a Cuddlepillar, but without success. Due to the obsession greyhounds have with these plush toys, it’s virtually impossible to buy one. So I decided I’d make him some-thing he could play with in the same way. Success!  He spends hours ‘killing’ it, shaking it, dragging it about, and when he has finally vanquished it, lying on it! It’s just the long piece of polar fleece sewn into a tube and stuffed with two tragic flat old bed pillows which had been on the point of going in the dustbin, rolled into sausages. The fact that the fleece is printed with cats is purely incidental….

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 two new members this month, Del and Nanette – Welcome, ladies!

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.

72 thoughts on “ScrapHappy September: Days Gone By – border progress

  1. love how these are fitting together – must pay attention so I can do something similar with my window hexies. The colours are wonderful.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like that they seem to blend together quite seamlessly, and I’m lucky that the plan I rather threw together has worked surprisingly well – hardly any calculating involved 😉

  2. That border is coming along very nicely and those colours make my heart sing 🎶
    One day I will definitely do something as beautiful as that 😍
    Mouse must be ecstatic with his new toy ♥️I love how he’s sitting on it 🤩

  3. Dayphoto says:

    You made me laugh with the “The fact that the fleece is printed with cats is purely incidental….” statement!

  4. anne54 says:

    This works so well, Kate. I must admit to not being able to quite get it when you spoke about your plans. Now I see! I love how the hexies merge into the rectangular blocks.
    I had a big smile when I watched the Cuddlepillar video. And now Mouse has one of his own. What a happy dog he must be!
    I saw Pauline’s lovely smile on your blog roll, and so I clicked onto her blog. That post is so full of her generosity, her thoughtfulness, her whimsy and her beautiful soul. We will miss her.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it’s hard to describe, but easy to understand when you see it. I love the blending effect too, very easy to achieve when you’re using so much colour and pattern.
      I wish I could have bought Mouse a proper Cuddlepillar, they’re much softer and plushier, but they can’t be had for love or money, mainly due to besotted greyhound parents buying the up. And yes, I miss Pauline already…

  5. Emma says:

    The quilt top looks beautiful 😍 it’s amazing how well all your “scraps” go together, perks of having a big tub full of them 😉

  6. Marty K says:

    Your quilt is awash in the pure joy of color! Love it! Also love so much that Mouse’s newest enrichment has kitties on it. Somehow that just cracks me up. 😂 I have a couple of pillows that are ready for the dustbin; thanks for an idea as to what to do with them.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love that he loves it. He’ll go trotting in there all by himself and spend a good 20 minutes trying to disembowel it, followed by shaking and dragging. The fleece was a good choice, it’s stretchy and robust enough to withstand his teeth – so far, anyway!
      The quilt is looking good. I have a whole load more squares cut, waiting to be assembled into blocks. Next time I’ll be showing you the stitching down part, I think.

  7. magpiesue says:

    Yes, in this case a picture is worth a thousand words. Love the scrappy goodness of your Days Gone By quilt. 🙂 I hope Mouse isn’t able to disembowel his new toy/pillow too soon. Plushies never lasted long with my dogs. Miss Luna is the exception, she doesn’t seem to be interested in them at all. (So you have a dog named Mouse who has a pillow covered in cats. Hmm…)

  8. It’s like looking through a kaleidoscope, quite wonderful. And Mouse – always makes me laugh 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is a clown, a born entertainer. At this exact moment he is lying on the floor waving his legs in the air. I defy you not to laugh…
      I’m really happy with how the quilt is evolving. I hoped the two different formats would work together, and they do, really well!

    • Steph says:

      A kaleidoscope – exactly!

      And how have I not heard of cuddlepillars?! Maybe because Shinee is disinterested in toys, much to my disappointment.

      • katechiconi says:

        Isn’t it funny how we long to give our companions all the lovely toys and clothes and blankies we see, but the dear things are mainly interested in only a few things: being a “good doggo!”, food, cuddles and walkies… I’d love to make Mouse some cosy garments, but quite honestly, the climate doesn’t really warrant it – exept perhaps a raincoat, and plans for that are already afoot. He hates rain…

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  10. cedar51 says:

    now I too, can understand what/how the bordered tiny squares would like around the hexies…

    as for the cat patterned object that is so funny…for a dog named Mouse.

  11. rutigt says:

    What a great idea! And you have really done a lot! I smile when I read about Mouse and his plush toys. Our Greyhound had a toy called “Ugliest” (Fulingen) which he loved more than anything else and yes, it was ugly 🙂
    BTW I have a new email address:
    if you wonder why I don´t seam to read your emails!

  12. tialys says:

    Wow, all those colours , a feast for the eyes.
    So, when you say Mouse ‘vanquishes’ his pillow, does he do it without ripping out the stuffing? My dogs would always manage to do that.

    • katechiconi says:

      He hasn’t managed to make a hole in it yet, but not for lack of trying. Vanquishing is mainly when he gets tired of worrying it with his teeth and lies on it to squash it into submission!

  13. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Lucky Mouse! Orchid would shred it then pee on it! Love he hexies and their border – very colourful.

    • katechiconi says:

      He keeps trying to shred it, and not succeeding, so it must be quite tough stuff. The peeing, thank goodness, is not a trick he’s adopted (yet?). The quilt’s looking good, I think, and yes, extremely colourful!

  14. nanacathy2 says:

    Now I understand how the hexies will fit on the blocks, and wow what a wonderful riot of colours. I love Mouse’s new cushion toy. He is a lucky boyfor sure.

    • katechiconi says:

      It blends together pretty well, doesn’t it? He drags that toy around like a pair of sausages, but only seems to worry the ends, as if he understands that’s where the weak points are! He’s making me laugh so much!

  15. claire93 says:

    I didn’t quite understand how your scrappy square blocks were going to meet with your hexie flowers, but now I see it: WOW!!!!!

  16. Spectacular – I do like how the different shapes blend together.

  17. Sharon says:

    Wow wow wow … your scrap happy quilt is scraptacular! Couldn’t have picked a better fleece pattered for Mouse if you had tried 🙂

  18. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    What you can do with a few pieces of fabric !! Just awesome ! Big hug for Mr Mouse.

  19. The DfG quilt is coming along amazingly… love the intensity of it. Mouse’s new buddy is awesome… has similar purpose I think as the Deez’s bear, it gets shaken, thrown, dropped, dragged around and used as a handy pillow. But catz print… priceless 🐱

    • katechiconi says:

      Considering how much time I’ve invested in it, I’m surprisingly detached from it, and will happily wave it goodbye when the time comes. I am pleased with how it looks, and hope it’ll raise loads for such a good cause.
      I don’t think we’ll be able to take Mouse’s toy with us on holiday…. I might have to make something a bit more portable.

  20. I am impressed at how the two sections blend together. I couldn’t imagine it. Turned out spectacular. The video made me laugh and it looks like Mr. Mouse is having a grand time with his toy. I’ve never heard of such a thing. What fun though. 🙂

  21. Lucky mouse… I hope he doesn’t destroy it too soon and gets plenty of play out of it.

  22. Amazing! I love all the colours 😁

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you like it! I couldn’t bear to see all the scraps go to waste from the Days for Girls project, and when it’s finished this quilt will be raffled to raise money for them, so it’s a real labour of love. And when it’s done, it’ll be time to start the next one 😮

  23. kymlucas says:

    Think we all could use a cuddlepillar or something similar around now. 🙂 And I do love that quilt!

    • katechiconi says:

      Perhaps we’d be nicer to our Cuddlepillars than Mr Mouse is to his Katzenfurter (my new name for his sausage toy)…

      • kymlucas says:

        Mouse plays rough with his Katzenfurter/Cuddlepillar, does he?
        BTW, I’m reading a book called “In the City of Bikes: The story of the Amsterdam Cyclist,” by Peter Jordan. It had a chapter on the Starvation Winter, which reminded me of you telling me your mother had survived it. Very grim, but a well-written and interesting book if you have any interest at all in Amsterdam and/or bikes.

  24. Susan Nixon says:

    I’m way behind and didn’t get anything posted, either. =P Your progress is amazing!

    • katechiconi says:

      Only 5 more blocks to go and I’ll have the parts for the front finished, apart from joining all the border pieces together and stitching the hexie section to the border. I’ve had some batting donated, I just need to see what I can do about a backing…

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  26. mlmcspadden says:

    I love how the border is coming out! this is such a happy, scrappy quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      The nice thing about the border is how quick and easy it is once you have the squares cut. It makes finishing it a breeze rather than a slog. So weird to have the end in sight, at last!

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  28. bearmkwa says:

    I just happened upon this post as I was surfing the reader. I love hand sewing and am working on a hexagon project at the moment myself. Kind of a cross with crazy quilting/ art quilting and what’s called “slow stitching” (from a facebook group I was in before FB went apes. I love how you’ve incorporated basic squares alongside… it gives a unique effect that is pleasing to see. 🙂 ❤ Thanks for sharing.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks for visiting! I’m so glad you like it. The quilt has been a labour of love using scraps generated by my Days for Girls sewing group. I like how the scrappiness of the whole effect blends the hexagons into the squares without an obvious hard edge. Using leftover hexies, I’ll be making a cushion cover and table runner too, as second and third prizes in the fundraising raffle, with the quilt as first prize.

      • bearmkwa says:

        Back 25 or so years ago, I had a whole bin of hexies that were a wedding gift…”for those long winter nights” as my Auntie put it. I got maybe 4 or 5 sewn together before we had a housefire and they were lost. Just since lockdown, I’ve decided to revisit them. Got myself a template with many sizes and am watching the hexies pile up quicker than I can sew them. LOL!

      • katechiconi says:

        As someone with many years of hexie experience, I have one recommendation: don’t leave it too long before you start stitching them together. It’s not as easy as making the hexies, and is the hurdle where many people stumble, having invested many hours already. Make a point of regularly assembling as well as creating hexies. And I’d also say that for me, assembling into square blocks rather than attaching long strips is by far easier and is a more controllable project if you want to use hexies for travel handwork. Enjoy!

      • bearmkwa says:

        Thanks for the advice. I will do squares

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