ScrapHappy August

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 are Blocks 11 and 12 of the Hopscotch quilt for Days for Girls.

I have another 10 layouts stacked up waiting to be assembled…

…and three more sets rolled up in bags waiting to be laid out.

That’s 25 blocks in total, which would give me a 75×75 inch square quilt. I originally thought of making it 90 inches long, but this is plenty big enough. Future squares will go towards the other project ideas I have in mind, such as table runners, heat pads, place mats, bags, cushion covers, etc.

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).

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

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

 

44 thoughts on “ScrapHappy August

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    They look very bright and cheerful.

  2. Very scrappy! I like the wee heffalumps!

  3. All things bright & beautiful 🤗

  4. Susan Nixon says:

    That will be a great size. You’ve stayed so steady on this.

    • katechiconi says:

      It helps to have a regular Saturday sewing group where I can cut the squares, receive new scraps and contribute something to the Days for Girls cause. After the quilt, I’ll probably make table mats, then a couple of bags, and so on. All will be raffled at the end to raise funds.

  5. anne54 says:

    You have a great mixture of bold and subtle colours, Kate. It is going to be such a cheerful quilt. Have you made decisions about the binding?

    • katechiconi says:

      You really need to combine bold and subtle, bright and pale, light and dark, or the whole thing starts to blend, which kind of defeats the object. I’d originally thought of doing a scrappy sashing and binding, but am now thinking that will not have the effect I want, which is showcasing each block. It’s going to be black sashing and binding, or dark grey, green or navy, for maximum ‘stained glass’ effect.

  6. Such pretty blocks Kate. Sounds like the sashing and binding will have that stained glass effect perfectly. 😉

  7. […] you like to see what others are doing with scraps, check out Kate’s blog (here) for a list of people who often work with scraps and post near the 15th of the […]

  8. knitnkwilt says:

    I like your sashing plan. And one can never have too many precut squares. Are you familiar with Deanna Treadway’s blog and her tutorials for scraps? ( (https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/tutorial-fading-charms-quilt/ )

    • katechiconi says:

      To be honest, I tend not to keep a lot of precut pieces, since I find the cutting process somewhat tedious (which is why I do it at the sewing group – the conversation distracts me from how much I want to stop!) 😉

      • knitnkwilt says:

        I hear ya. I love having them precut but I too find the process boring. So I don’t do it regularly. (Once tried 15 min per day. Lasted less than a week.

  9. You are so productive and wonderfully organized!

  10. […] Joining in with Kate and her Happy Scrappers for Scrap Happy Day. […]

  11. Bright, cheerful and so organised! Here’s my Scrap Happy offering for August. https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2021/08/15/inspired-by-japanese-boro/

  12. You are so organised, I find it quite intimidating! xx

  13. Debbierose says:

    Nice and bright, plus love the prep organization.

    • katechiconi says:

      The most enjoyable part of this project has been selecting what fabrics to use and where. There are SO many different ones, and the trick is to make the blocks harmonious across the whole quilt. The prep helps me keep things under control and in the right order.

  14. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That quilt is going to be stunning!

  15. claire93 says:

    lovely organised scrappy patchwork ^^

  16. tialys says:

    I think 75 x 75 inches is quite big enough for anybody – your work here is done. Well, at least the first part.

    • katechiconi says:

      Once I have the blocks all assembled, I’ll need to sort out some backing. I’ve had some batting donated – it’s polyester, not my favourite, but as it’s a donation I need to use it up.

  17. Looking good… someone will be delighted to own it.

  18. What a fun picnic quilt that will be for someone. I love it. You are making good progress. I miss my groups. No one is meeting with anyone here now. Very uninspiring to quilt without connection. But the sewing room is getting a good dust up and will be back at work in short order.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re having a bit of a surge of C-19 due to delta infections spreading like crazy. NSW is uncontrolled and has gone into full lockdown for a yet to be established period of time. QLD is Ok for now, with no new cases in the last 24 hours. So far, we’re still OK to meet, but I can foresee a time when there may be no Saturday morning sessions for a while…

  19. well done, so bright and cheerful. You are really making progress.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d make better progress if it was a bit more interesting – or even challenging! Never mind, if I just keep at it steadily I’ll get there. I do want to finish the Twilight quilt first, to clear the decks a bit.

  20. rutigt says:

    Now you really got me wanna start sewing small squares together! Your blocks are looking so great! if it wasn´t for all my quilting of UFO:s I would go right down to my sewing room ans start piecing all the 1.5″ squares I have been cutting 🙂 So inspired!

  21. Far Side says:

    Such happy quilts! I came over from Linda’s to say Hi! Thank your husband for being a truck driver!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! I make these scrappy blocks for Days for Girls, using the scrap they generate from making their hygiene kits. Saves the fabric from landfill, and generates income for them to buy more supplies. My husband says “you’re welcome!”

  22. Bear says:

    Hey, everyone, I’m still alive. I had some WP issues this last week that ended with deleting and rebuilding a site from scratch in this new “block” format from ****. Anyway, I finally got my page to working. I missed Scrapping this month due to the chaos. Sorry. The link to my new page is: http://centerforchaosexplorations.com . All that’s up at the moment is my weekend coffeeshare, and a test post. Kate, love the little squares…always do. I’ve been frantically sewing a dress and apron lately so it’s not a scrappy project. I’ve gotten the sew machine set up, and my scrap bin beside it, so I should have something soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sorry WP issues made you miss the date, but I expect people will still come and find you, as I’ve put the new link in already on my post. Well done on bouncing back from disaster so quickly. We’ll see you next time, when you’ve had time to generate some scraps!

      • Bear says:

        I’ve added a tag cloud so people can click on Scrap happy and find the post easier. In the meantime, there’s a scrap of my writing… a prologue to the book I’m working one. Kinda long, though.

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