ScrapHappy March

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. The raffle for the Days Gone By quilt is in 5 days, so I’ll be excited to let you know what it raised next time. This month, I’m starting a new scrappy quilt for Days for Girls. It’s going to be called Hopscotch. I can’t tell you why, the quilt just told me that’s what it wanted to be called!

This is the first block, and I have 6 more blocks’ worth of squares cut, so things should move quite fast.  As you can see, it’s a simple 25-patch, machine-pieced, and I’ll assemble it using the QAYG method so I can quilt it myself. Should come together a lot faster than the last one! I’m thinking I might also use scrappy sashing between the blocks. I still have rolls and rolls of thermal till receipt paper for foundation piecing skinny scrappy strips, and it’s a great way of using the scraps which are just too narrow for the 3½ inch squares I’m using for this quilt.

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, Nancy is returning to the group, and we have two more new participants: welcome, Carol and Bear!

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, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear and Carol

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.



50 thoughts on “ScrapHappy March

  1. Love the colours 🤩
    I just posted mine as well … ☺️

  2. Another gorgeous arrangement of scraps…it positively glows!

  3. Bear says:

    Wonderful. I love that block. I spent some time this week cutting 2.5 x 2.5 in squares for use in a future project. I’ve also thought about doing a 16×16 square…with little squares. I want to have a 1 inch finished square, so I need to do the math and make myself a tracing template before I tackle that one. LOL! I did post this week. Trying to figure out how to link without the inlinz frog though. Anyway, it’s there if anyone wants to see it.

  4. kymlucas says:

    Perfect name. Joyful and scrap happy!

  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Oh, no! So sorry to hear about your other ankle. 😱 But glad to see it hasn’t dented your crafting too much. Try to stay outta trouble, please? 💕

  6. rutigt says:

    Yes! We like scrappy quilts, don´t we! Knowing you, this is gonna be a wonderful quilt! I have to confess, we have a third new member, which I totally forgot till today. Her name is Preeti and her blog is Sewpreetiquilts. The funny thing about her is that she is mentioned in our quilters magazine (Rikstäcket) this month and we are gonna sew her “International Sisters” as a swap this year. I didn´t know it was her until I visit her blog today! Sometimes it´s a smal world after all! Now I must help my sick Husband. No, it´s not Covid 19! Take care!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh! I follow Preeti’s blog already, and left a comment there recently. I’ll add her details to the next blog post, but do you have her email address so I can send her an email reminder? She does know ScrapHappy Day is all about scraps, right, not new material? I hope the DH will be feeling better very soon 🙂

      • rutigt says:

        DH is much better. It was an infection in his inner ear, so he could not stand up or walk. He had to crawl to the toilet and because our toilet is downstairs from our bedroom, I had him sleeping in the long hall just outside the toilet door 🙂 I have Preeti´s email here; I hope she understands what Scrap Happy Day stands for! Kram Gun

      • katechiconi says:

        So, she hasn’t actually asked to join us? OK, I’ll invite her, but if she doesn’t want to, or doesn’t reply I won’t put her on the list. I’ll tell her you’re taking part in the scrappy challenge.

  7. tialys says:

    Very bright and cheerful. I hope the earlier quilt earns lots of money in the raffle for ‘Days for Girls’.

    • katechiconi says:

      Me too! They’ve asked me to do the draw on Saturday, and have arranged for me to be collected and brought home afterwards on account of not be allowed to drive yet… I’m taking *full* advantage, as otherwise it’d have to be a taxi.

  8. claire93 says:

    your scraps are always so joyfully cheerful – am going to love seeing Hopscotch grow!

  9. That’s a wonderfully mad mix of colours and patterns – and it just shouts joyful things to me.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not a mix you’d normally combine at all, is it? But as they’re all bona fide DfG scraps, they go into the mix, and the only design I apply is whether there’s enough contrast between any piece and its neighbours or whether there’s too much of any particular colour. Joyful is the perfect word!

  10. I love the way that block looks completely random as if you drew the pieces out of a tombola thingy and stitched them as they came , when I know very well you placed them very carefully so everything balanced. It is lovely.

    • katechiconi says:

      It wasn’t totally random but I tried to make it as spontaneous as possible because I think you get a fresher result. It was most dark / light / dull / bright, and not too many of the same colour. There will always be a few blocks which are darker or lighter overall, and they too have to be managed in the context of the whole quilt. Not quite the lucky dip, but then again, not totally managed!

  11. It’s such a happy Springtime colorway! And, I hope that your ankle is getting better and will heal asap! Take good care!

  12. the quilt is going to be bright and beautiful, love the colours and patterns. Hope you are healing quickly, take care.

  13. Nancy says:

    This is such a bright, happy block with beautiful prints. Looking forward to its mates that will come along.
    So sorry to read about your fall. How awful, and such pain. It’s too bad they couldn’t give you one of those little knee carts, or maybe a wheel chair? I hope you heal quickly.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you so much! I’m afraid the knee cart wouldn’t have worked because I have a broken bone in the opposite foot as well as the damaged knee on that side! Creeping around on crutches is probably the best and at least I get *some* exercise!

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  15. Moira says:

    Love the block! Simple but so good at showing the fabric prints and so cheerful.

  16. That looks like a fun and relaxing one to make. I’m hoping to head in the sewing room shortly.

  17. magpiesue says:

    Are you even able to do any piecing with your current injuries? This is going to be just as cheerful a quilt as ever could be – and so much easier to assemble!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, I can use the foot with the broken bone, which is gradually becoming less painful! I have already got two more blocks pieced, so clearly the sewing isn’t too taxing 🙂

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