ScrapHappy November

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.

This month, we’re back to Hopscotch!  I’ve neglected it for long enough, putting off the moment when I had to start the tedious process of sandwiching and quilting the blocks. I don’t much like dealing with large rolls of batting and big pieces of fabric…

So, as of this morning I have just over half of the blocks sandwiched. There’s only so much batting marking and cutting I can take, and cutting backing fabric isn’t much better, as I’ve bought a piece of wide-back in the recent Spotlight sale for the purpose… So I’ve decided to work on what I have already prepped. The tally so far is: 12 sets of batting and backing fabric cut; 8 assembled sets sandwiched and 2 of those quilted. You can’t see it too well in the photo above, but the top two blocks are quilted.

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).

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

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

40 thoughts on “ScrapHappy November

  1. Susan Nixon says:

    These look good! I agree on alternating tasks. It’s too boring to do the same thing over and over, one after the other. The blocks are bright and happy, though!

  2. cedar51 says:

    looks “happy” and it will have memories, even if they are new fabric – you never know what people “see” when they look at fabric designs…

    • katechiconi says:

      Only the backing is new, since in all honesty I couldn’t face piecing the equivalent of a whole other quilt top to make a back. And anyway, I’m glad to donate the fabric for that. All the ladies who work for Days for Girls in this area have memories of all these fabrics, since they are remnants from the kits made, so it’s really pleasing for them to see the last scraps used up in this way.

  3. Hello my friend!! Your scrappy quilt brings a smile to my face. Every now and then I think we all need to spice it up with a bit of new fabric and colors or even a new project. Isn’t it nice that a little piece of fabric can bring such joy? Lol! I am sorry haven’t had a post together for a while, I am going to mark my calendar and get back to those scrappy projects in my sewing room. There are lots of them!❤️❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, nice to hear from you! It’s really pleasing that these fabrics are being used up, as some of them are far too nice to throw a useful-sized scrap out. I hope we’ll see something scrappy from you when you find the time.

  4. Debbierose says:

    Bright and cheery, love these blocks

  5. tialys says:

    I don’t look forward to the sandwiching and quilting bit either which is probably why I haven’t produced a quilt in a whlle – that and I don’t have room any more,
    Looking good though.

    • katechiconi says:

      Normally, I’m quite keen to get to that part as it means the job’s nearly done, but mainly that’s because I’m making a quilt for someone I know and I want to give it to them. With this, the end user is anonymous and I do lack motivation a bit…

  6. Looking great! Alternating tasks is very important – I’d go crazy (or at least more than I already am) if I had to do the same thing for 8 or 10 hours at a time.

  7. Looking good and, knowing you, it will soon be finished.

  8. claire93 says:

    a labour of love ^^

  9. […] Meantime I am linking with Kate for lots of scrappy happy posts here- […]

  10. It’ll be cheerful and charming, and all the better for having been done a bit at a time I expect. Fewer curses and tooth-grindings are a good thing in a project going out for a positive purpose!

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    Love all those bright colours.

  12. Lynda says:

    This is pretty! I get you on the repetitive tasks. I’m making blocks for “inchies” which is very similar to what you are doing here. Now it remains to see if I will be able to let go and just be able not to fiddle it to death with color and pattern placement. Following your Tag back to see more on the Hopscotch Quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      This has been a fairly laborious quilt top to produce, and the sandwiching/quilting process is no better, so the sooner I get past it the happier I’ll be. Still, it’s for an extremely good cause, so I’ll persist until it’s done.

  13. Bear says:

    I keep putting off the sandwich part of a king size quilt I have (that I bought the vintage quilt top at the antique store). I don’t have a large space to lay it out, so I’ll have to see if I can “borrow” a floor at church for that. Love your hopscotch quilt!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m emailing you links for two tutorials that show options for basting that don’t involve crawling on the floor. You do need a big table, or perhaps two side by side… Hope they’re helpful!

  14. bright and happy,it’s sure to warm some lucky person. Soon be finished and then you can move on to the next project.

  15. rutigt says:

    Looking great! Finding fabrics for the backing isn´t the easiest thing to do. Many of my fabrics are meant to be in the top and not on the back, so when I find a fabric I can use I´m almost jumping for joy 🙂

  16. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That is going to be such a cosy quilt – not just because of the physical warmth but because of the brightness of the colours and the pleasure of visually exploring the different fabrics. A bit of boring work and then some fun is a good way to go.

  17. Thackeroy says:

    If the two of you are still doing this in the new year, I may join in depending on how I’m feeling and what I have going on. Regardless I’ll still be using my scraps as always weather I join in or not.

    • katechiconi says:

      Then you may as well join us! There’s no obligation to post at all, but for many people the monthly posting of your scrappy output is impetus to keep using the scraps up. Let me know… you’ll need to give me an email address so I can add you to the email reminder, which goes out 3 days before.

  18. Getting back to unfinished projects always feels so good. Are you hand quilting this? I can’t see the stitching, so I expect it is.

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