ScrapHappy January

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.

Here’s to a much happier and more hopeful and creative year for all of us. With that in mind, I gave my creative urge a swift boot up the backside, and took out the scrappy table runner I’ve been making forever for a while for Days for Girls to raffle at their fund raiser, together with the quilt (now at the long arm quilter!) and the cushion cover previously shown. I’m just over a third of the way through. Here’s where I’ve got to:

And here’s the next batch, waiting for the black separator hexies and then assembly.

(Sorry about the rather garish background, but I had to find a place where I could get enough light on the subject, and the kitchen floor mat had the best lighting.)

After that there will be a smaller section at the end. To finish the whole thing I think I’ll appliqué it to a rectangular background before sandwiching, quilting and binding. I have a bit of time; this is going in the raffle in mid March, but is needed for photography end of February.

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, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette and Ann

Please note that I will be going through this list shortly, removing the names of anyone who hasn’t posted for a year or more. If you know that’s you but you’d still like to be left on the list because you have something coming up, just email me and I’ll leave you in.

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

39 thoughts on “ScrapHappy January

  1. Beautiful as always and I’m looking at the hexies and now looking at my hexie quilt I’ve started and left as I had a whole lot of presents to be made… I’m determined to finish this soonish (hands & fingers permitting) as I really want it on my bed 🥰

    • katechiconi says:

      Good plan! Hexie projects are all too easy to put down and forget because they are made a little at a time and are easy to set aside. I’ll look forward to seeing it, hands and fingers permitting.

  2. The Black in between really makes the colours pop 😍

  3. thehutts says: This is a face mask made of old scraps of clothes. I am learning to use Vivinfrance aka Mum’s Bernina sewing machine that I inherited! Sally

  4. Moira says:

    It’s looking good! so tempting to buy some papers and try my hand…..but no time at this point.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like them because you can carry a few to work to make up during a lunch break, or if you’re travelling by train or plane, or waiting for a doctor’s appointment. But I know you’re flat out on your commission work. Maybe some time in the future…

  5. Susan Nixon says:

    For once, I’m not the one who hasn’t posted in forever. LOL Your pieces look great together. I’m going to like the table runner a lot. Another thing I’d like to get back to doing. I think I either need 30 hour days, to quit sleeping, or to give up everything else I do except quilting!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh gosh, 30 hour days would be great – if only I didn’t get tired so quickly! No, I won’t be knocking you off the list any time soon; there are some who haven’t shown anything since 2018, I think…

  6. Can you sign me up for the scraphappy? I seem to gravitate to making scrappy quilts. Funny how the best light in the house falls in the strangest of places. Your “Garish” mat comment made me smile.

    • katechiconi says:

      Of course! Would you please send me an email, using the address on the Contact Me page? That way, I’ll be able to send you the reminder all contributors get a few days before, to give you a chance to prepare 🙂

  7. Lovely, and I like your kitchen mat, too. Garish often works for me!

  8. rutigt says:

    Looking so good! With over a third part done you are almost at the end! The end of February is somewhere in the future 🙂 You´ll make it!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I hope so; we are going away for a while in February/March so I won’t be able to do actual quilting at that point. That means it needs to be ready before I go…

  9. tialys says:

    It’s coming on isn’t it. These are slightly ‘gentler’ colours than your previous days for girls quilts aren’t they – or is it just my memory playing tricks?

    • katechiconi says:

      They are, which is why they didn’t feature in the main quilt; they stood out like pale patches. There were enough of them to make this runner, which will be raffled as second prize after the quilt. The continuity of the three prizes comes from using the black dividers, and from the way the hexies are arranged.

  10. What a difference the black filler hexies make – probably more obvious on that particular background, but interesting nonetheless.
    Perhaps you could send the revamped list of participants with the next e-mail so that we all remember to use it!

  11. claire93 says:

    such happy colours ^^
    I don’t have a ScrapHappy post this month – maybe next time.

  12. […] Please pop over to Kate to see other scrap happy projects- link here- […]

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    A hexie table runner, now there’s a thought. Yours is just lovely and sure to raise lots of dosh.

  14. Looks good to me! I like the fact that it is beautiful as well as “happy, hopeful and creative”.

  15. magpiesue says:

    Sounds like a short deadline to get that table runner done for photography but I have no doubt you’ll pull it off. Deadlines have an amazing power to produce results – at least they do for me! Looking forward to seeing the completed table runner on a less busy background. 😉

  16. looking great – Feb. is still a few weeks away!

  17. I’m sure you will get it done because that’s what you do. Adding a table runner to the mix is popping on more challenge for you. It’s quite lovely.

    • katechiconi says:

      I had a big burst of activity the last couple of days, and have only 3 more rows to add to the front. Next stop, the border, then sandwiching, quilting and binding. It’ll definitely be done in time! Look out for next month’s ScrapHappy 🙂

  18. I do love your hexies.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m *almost* at the point where I’ve had enough of them for a while. After a lap quilt, table runner and cushion cover, it’s time for something different for a while. But I’ll always love how pretty they look and what fun they are 🙂

      • They are very pretty. I want to make a 70s style quilt for our camper and am considering hexies, but they do look very fiddly.

      • katechiconi says:

        A handmade hexies quilt is quite an undertaking, and many people find they run out of steam before it’s done. However, if you use very large hexies, it can be both beautiful and much quicker. If you take a look at this hexie quilt (, it looks quite small in the photo, but the hexies are 4 inches across. Have you worked with them before? If not, I have a simple, and I hope non-intimidating tutorial for putting a hexie quilt together. Let me know if you’d like the link – and good luck!

      • Thanks for the thought. I think that’s definitely part of my worry that I’ll run out of steam. I also want to have a look at other ideas too. I had settled on a rather geometric pineapple quilt, but then I changed my mind about the curtain fabric and don’t think that will work with it 😦 Will give you a shout if I need the link. Thanks again.

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