ScrapHappy April

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. But first, a bit of news: the result of the raffle of the Days Gone By quilt, table runner and cushion cover which I made for the benefit of Days for Girls, is a now-confirmed total of AU$3,080, which is an amazing result for scraps of fabric rescued from potential landfill.

The next Days for Girls quilt, Hopscotch, is coming along. Last time I showed you the first block. Here’s where I’m up to now – Hopscotch blocks 2, 3, 4 and 5:

Note that these are not shown in the order they will eventually be placed, just as I’ve made them. I also have a load more squares cut. These blocks are 15 x 15 inches, and the quilt will be 5 x 5 blocks, or 75 inches square. I said it should come together a lot faster than the last one! I also have a bunch of other prize ideas for the next raffle, including a book bag/man’s tote, reversible laundry bag, totes, placemats, sets of pot holders, oven mitts tea cosy and coffee cup cosies. We’ll see how many of them I can crank out before the next cent sale/raffle next year.

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 are once again welcoming new members to the group: say hello to Edith and Preeti!

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, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.




59 thoughts on “ScrapHappy April

  1. Ohhhh those colours make me want to sing and frolic 🎶🤩 I’m in the process of making an all white rag quilt for my future daughter in law … she loves white and it’s been a long time coming…. hopefully will have it done by next week as we are not here this weekend… off on another jaunt on the white bike meeting the club members in a tiny town called Mortlake 🤩

    • katechiconi says:

      Gosh, an all-white quilt – the challenge of keeping it clean while you make it! Reminds me of the time when I used to make wedding dresses for people…

      • So far it’s been ok …. I’ve done free motion quilting on each peace and I’ve been worried there as sometimes I get a little black dust … but so far so good … I will post once completed 🤩

  2. I didn’t know how much I loved quilts til I found you, Kate. Thank you for bringing such cheer and beauty into my days, so often . x

  3. Just gorgeous. Kaffe Fassett could have learned a lot from you !

  4. […] opportunity to create something new using scraps of paper, cloth, yarn, really anything. Our host, Kate, of Tall Tales from Chiconia, turns out gorgeous projects month after month. If you would like to join us, please let Kate […]

  5. Marty K says:

    Over AU$3,000! That’s FANTASTIC!!! And your new blocks are so bright and cheery.

    Hope your creations are an indication of a quickly-mending ankle. 🙂

    My current foster mamadog and her 8 pups say “Hi” to Mouse (but not too close). 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      The new blocks are fun to make because they’re so quick! I have three more prepped to go, so this quilt is making really good progress. The ankle, not so much. It has been over 2 months and it’s still painful to walk, more painful to stand and I still can’t drive. I’m seeing my doctor again on Monday to ask what we can do, and get a referral to a physiotherapist.
      Mouse says hello back, and asks if Mama would care to have one of his beef jerky treats?

  6. […] The 15th is Scrap Happy Day. Visit Kate’s blog to see how much scraps can earn and links to some serious scrap usage. […]

  7. claire93 says:

    colourful, joyful, and nothing going to waste!

  8. Congratulations on raising so much money for such a good cause. It looks like Hopscotch is going to be done in double quick time and it sounds like you have some lovely smaller creations lined up, which I’m sure will be snapped up by eager buyers and raise loads more money.
    Are you intending to do any more ovarian cancer quilts? I’m missing the teal puns!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve heard nothing from the Trudy Crowley Foundation since they cancelled the Naked Lunch fundraiser last year. I’m happy to carry on, but getting the blocks in from overseas contributors is becoming so hard. It’ll probably have to be restricted to Australian contributors, sadly, which means I’ll be making a lot more of them! I have a list of 6 or 7 more punny titles to bring to the table, but I’ll have to wait for my chance 😉

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Congratulations on that amazing sum your raffle raised. I love these new blocks.

    • katechiconi says:

      I couldn’t believe it when they first told me. The ladies did a magnificent job of ticket selling! The new blocks are going a lot faster as the squares and blocks are larger. I’ll have time to make a lot more things to raffle 🙂

  10. tialys says:

    Fantastic news about the amount of money raised – it must have given you a very rosy glow,

  11. Big congratulations for the results on the Days for Girls pieces. That is such a great project. Good work, as always!

  12. Debbierose says:

    Stash buster, love the blocks, so vibrant

  13. Susan Nixon says:

    Thanks for an idea about what to do with all the three inch squares I’ve been cutting from scraps! Your blocks are looking good!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m making 15 inch squares and will join them with QAYG and narrow, possibly scrappy sashing. Should make a good sized quilt pretty fast! Plus I get a great variety of scraps from the DfG sessions – I tend to go home with gallon bags of scraps each time!

  14. Another festival of colours and scraps – lovely, lovely Kate! And well-done to you and all the people who bought tickets – what a great project!

  15. Bear says:

    What wonderful hopscotch blocks. I have tons of hexies and blocks cut, just can’t seem to find the time to stitch lately.This week, I delved into yarn scraps… who knows what I’ll do next week. Here’s my link:

    • katechiconi says:

      Stitch, hook, knit, whatever takes your fancy, so long as your hands are engaged 🙂

      • Bear says:

        True to that one. One of the philosophies I live by comes out of the quaker/shaker faith. That is, to say it short and sweet, Heart to God, Hands to Work. My hands are rarely ever idle unless I’m asleep. Even then, Hubby says they knit and crochet with invisible yarn. LOL!

      • katechiconi says:

        It sounds like your feet are on a good path.

  16. Fantastic project – and well done raising all that money!

  17. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That is going to be such a colourful quilt Kate and it will look good in any decor because something in it is bound to tone with whatever surrounds it. raising so much money with the raffle is amazing and as you say all from what many people would consign to the rubbish bin.

    • katechiconi says:

      And the good thing is that making quilts and similar items from the scraps to raise money can be an ongoing process, as there is a seemingly bottomless pit of people who want to win one!

  18. Nancy says:

    Such bright, happy fabrics. They are sure to bring a smile to everyone who sees them.

  19. love those wild and wonderful colours, impossible not to be happy while snuggled up. The raffle money is wonderful as are you for your donations.

  20. mlmcspadden says:

    Those blocks are looking wonderful!

  21. Congratulations on your fundraiser! Brava!

  22. magpiesue says:

    This is going to be a fun, fun quilt!

  23. Emmely says:

    What a great result! And yes, this new design looks a whole lot quicker. 😉

  24. rutigt says:

    Your new project is sparkling with colors!!! Great!! I´m trying to figure out what an Aussi dollar is in Swedish krona, but it´s a great result!!! Well done!

  25. Sharon says:

    This is certainly stitching up beautifully but I was sorry to read in one of the comments your foot is not 😦 hope the Dr. can get this figured out and get you back up on your feet without pain soon.

  26. These are turning out so fun and fabulous. You will have no stash left after this.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.