ScrapHappy February

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.

And here it is, the third and final piece 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 I’ve finally got the table runner finished as well, the second prize. This piece uses up the very last flower, the absolutely last hexagon made for the fundraiser. Metres and yards of perfectly usable and useful fabric saved from landfill.

The backing for this table runner is made from offcuts of the backing I made for the quilt, itself made from leftovers in my stash. The binding is made from the spotted spacer fabric I used for my Anemone quilt. It’s truly scrappy. Even the batting is offcuts.

Raffle tickets are now printed and ready to go. If you’re interested in buying one, go to the Days for Girls Mackay FaceBook page to see how. Just AU$5 a ticket for a chance to win the quilt, table runner or cushion cover, or 3 tickets for AU$10. However, at present, payment options are only available to Australian residents.

I know that several of you have expressed interest in buying tickets. Anyone not in Australia who’d like a chance to win, please get in touch with me/leave a comment so we can discuss options. For any of my readers outside Australia, we will have to ask you to pay for postage and packing if you win any of the prizes; for readers within Australia I will donate postage to a destination further than 50km outside the Mackay area. The draw is on 20th March.

And now, I’m ready for some squares. Or rectangles. Or triangles. Anything other than, you know, hexies… Onwards. I have lots of ideas for more fundraiser items, and bags and bags of scraps await!

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). This month, we have two new participants: say hello to Dawn 2 (sorry, I don’t know your surname initial!) and Noreen.

Kate (me!)Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2 and Noreen

Please note As I have not heard from anyone who has not posted for a year but who still wants to stay on the list, I have now removed those names. If you’d like to be reinstated, let me know, but it would be good to see you posting again!

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.





and Dawn

58 thoughts on “ScrapHappy February

  1. That’s quite the collection to be raffled off and the last is just as wonderful as the first. You put your all into each and every one. You did such a good thing there.

  2. gorgeous, love the progression of colours. You are amazing to do all this work for a charitable cause, well done.

    • katechiconi says:

      I feel it’s important to give what you can. There’s not a lot of free cash, but I can give the work of my hands, and I’m always careful not to get too attached to things I’m going to give away! Having said that, I wouldn’t mind winning that table runner back!

  3. anne54 says:

    What a great job, and I can understand why you don’t want to see another hexie for a while. i will be buying some raffle tickets.

  4. anne54 says:

    Reblogged this on Anne Lawson Art and commented:
    Some people are such generous souls, and my friend Kate is one of these. She has created a quilt, a table runner and a cushion as prizes for a raffle. The money raised goes to Days for Girls, an organisation that gives menstrual health solutions to girls around the world so that they are able to attend school. The information to buy the tickets is on her blog. Head over there to find out how to win a beautiful quilt for a worthy cause.

  5. anne54 says:

    Just reblogged this, Kate. The more who know the better!

  6. Hi Kate. Great prizes that you’ve made for a wonderful cause. I’d like to join Scrap Happy if I can. I love using my scraps.

  7. knitnkwilt says:

    I love it that even batting was made from scraps.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a large bag full of batting edges that have been cut off when the quilt was trimmed out. From time to time, I’ll open it up and make larger pieces using batting tape, piecing it together so the seams wander around a bit to prevent weak spots.

  8. Bear says:

    Your scrappy blog has really been a wonderful inspiration. I’m pretty low on literal scraps as I’ve cut and stored a bunch of hexies this year. I’m building again as I am making new clothing and quilts.

  9. Susan Nixon says:

    What a wonderful project, both the materials used, and also the purpose of the money. Congratulations on the finish of the third items, and happy quilting on other shapes!

  10. Gorgeous (of course!) table runner from your hands and heart. I liked piecing diamonds the one time I tried it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, I’m so glad you like it. I have a set of clamshell papers which have been waiting for me for a couple of years. I really want to try that, I love how the scrappy effect looks with them… But it needs much larger pieces than most of the ones I get from the DfG group.

  11. Moira says:

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for next year.

  12. magpiesue says:

    I absolutely love that spotty binding on this table runner! This might be my favorite of the three projects/prizes. 😀

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    Not only very pretty indeed but made from scraps of scraps of scraps!

  14. rutigt says:

    Wow was my first word when I saw your table runner!!! It´s absolutely gorgeous! You have really done a great work on that piece!!!!

  15. tialys says:

    Love this – probably my favourite too and I love the spotty binding.

  16. What an amazing amount of work you have put into these gorgeous prizes… the materials may have been scraps, but that’s complete, brand new time you have donated to this great cause – you are a star.

  17. claire93 says:

    hope raffle tickets sell out and that you make a bomb for this good cause!

  18. Your quilt is a delight and to me, it looks like Springtime…. perhaps just because I am longing for Spring here amongst the ice and snow! I am sure that the lucky winner of the quilt is going to be thrilled!

  19. Debbierose says:

    I’m a Hexaholic, so this Kate is a favourite of all the quilts I have viewed online recently.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, thank you! Hexies were an excellent way of munching up the smaller scraps. I’m now working on cutting somewhat larger squares to turn into a different quilt which will be faster to make, but I definitely foresee a return to hexies in the future for the DfG scraps… 🙂

  20. Nancy says:

    Such a beautiful quilt, Kate, and for such a good cause. I hope your raffle is very successful.
    I’d like to be reinstated in ScrapHappy Day, please. I know I didn’t regularly post on the 15ht of each month. I’ll try to do better. I put a post up today (I know it’s already the 16th where you are, but it’s still the 15th here.) Thanks so much for hosting.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Nancy, I have reinstated you on my list as of next month. So you know it wasn’t just an arbitrary decision, with everyone who was removed from the list I went back to 2018 and searched under ‘Scraphappy’ to see how often they had posted, and when… It will be great to have you back if you think you’ll be able to participate a little more regularly 🙂 Kate

  21. Thanks Kate. I might buy a ticket or two and nominate my Aussie pals instead 😉 I’ll check out the FB page, you don’t need to think about it. Hugs.

  22. Going Batty in Wales says:

    When the Quilt Center in Lampeter was open with its exhibitions of old Welsh Quilts there was a case with a piece of one they had found which had old socks as batting! The socks were, of course, hand knitted wool and must have been darned until the woman was sick of them and knitted new but saved them and eventually had enough to fill a quilt. Now that really is scrappy! I think we are following an honourable tradition of thrift. I love your hexies and I know you will make more when you have recovered – but not yet.

  23. Bear says:

    Hey, Kat, if I’m not too late… I did manage a scraphappy post for this month.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s too late for February’s, because all the contributors need to feature the link, but anyone who comes visiting will be able to see your link here in the comments. Next month, I’ll put your details up and ask the others to include your link. You just need to make sure that your scraphappy post is the one that’s up on the 15th, so your *home link* goes straight to it, if that makes sense? Meanwhile, I’ll nip over and take a look now 🙂

      • Bear says:

        I don’t know how to make it so only that post comes up on my home page. My home page has 2 columns so there’s always 2 posts at the top. When I do on inlinks it goes straight to post though. Does that make sense.

      • katechiconi says:

        It does, but in a separate email, I’ve covered the issue so it doesn’t matter.

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