ScrapHappy November

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’ve finished the scrappy Days for Girls cushion cover!  Everything about this is scrappy: the hexie front, the batting (discarded spill kit pad*), the backing (leftover from the Anemone quilt) and binding (leftover from Gonna Teal your Heart Away) quilt.

Do you remember I wanted to tone down the pale yellow and pink hexagons in the centre?  What do you think of my Sharpie solution?  I think it helps them recede and fit in much better. By the way, the DfG table runner is still a work in progress, but maybe next month?

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. This month, we’ve been joined by a new member – welcome, Kym!

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

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

*A spill kit pad is a 16 inch square of thick (nearly ¼ inch), heavy cotton batting, designed to absorb spills of oil and engine fuel safely. They are 100% cotton to minimise fire risk. They also, incidentally, make perfect cushion batting! They are discarded when they start to get a bit battered, at which point I’m standing there with greedy clutching paws, scrounging… 😉

36 thoughts on “ScrapHappy November

  1. claire93 says:

    absolutely fabulous!

  2. Moira says:

    looks great!

  3. VERY nice indeed! But what is the Sharpie solution? What am I missing?

    • katechiconi says:

      There are two hexies in the layout which originally stood out too much, being very light and pale. I ‘decorated’ them with Sharpies to tone the effect down. Now that you know, guess which ones!

  4. tialys says:

    The Sharpie solution works well.. What happens when you wash it though?

  5. I can’t tell your colouring in from pattern either! High-five!

  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    A cunning solution! And a lovely prize for some lucky person.

  7. kymlucas says:

    Lovely and lively in the best possible way.

  8. Sharon says:

    Really fun and whimsical …can’t find the ‘sharpie’ shapes – great job 🙂

  9. Susan Nixon says:

    I never heard of a spill kit pad, but that sounds very useful for a scrounger! The cushion cover looks great, and nicely tamed.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Husband drives a B-double fuel tanker out to the mines, delivering 13,500 gallons of diesel a time. The hoses for pumping out the fuel are about 6 inches in diameter, and when unclipping them there is occasionally an overspill onto the concrete pad below which needs mopping up to avoid causing a slip- and fire-hazard. The pads are nearly a quarter inch thick of compressed cotton batting. Perfect for a firm cushion pad!

  10. bright and beautiful.

  11. rutigt says:

    I love it! Really scrappy and looking great!

  12. Until you described which ones you had “Sharpied” I really couldn’t tell, so I guess that says it all for their success. What a beautiful entirely scrappy creation – this is the inspiration the world needs.

    • katechiconi says:

      I wish there was a way of reusing or repurposing thread too. I get through kilometres of it a year, and often find myself with long tails of it that I’ve pulled out of basting. I reuse what I can, but I only have to look in the bird’s nest that is my thread pot to see what’s being wasted. Or, actually, used for stuffing small things…

  13. knitnkwilt says:

    I love the nonquilty things that we make quilty

  14. magpiesue says:

    Oh, your Sharpie solution worked beautifully! Well done!

  15. […] of the prize trio I’ve made from the Days for Girls scraps. You’ve seen the completed cushion cover (third prize), and more recently the completed Days Gone By hexie quilt (first prize), but […]

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