ScrapHappy July

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.

No progress on the coat I mentioned last month, as I’ve been busy with the Ovarian Cancer quilt I need to have ready by the end of July. However, I did manage to make something scrappy!

I needed another bench mat to alternate with the grey and white one I made earlier. That one’s now liberally stained with tea, coffee, pasta sauce, sriracha, orange juice…. well, you get the idea. It still works well, but it’s also good to have a replacement to alternate with.

I cut strings off the edges of most of the fabrics I use. It’s rare that I don’t have at least an inch of waste fabric at the end once I’ve finished cutting. I collect these strings in a bucket with my other scraps, and today, it was time to do something with them! I have a stack of batting scrap too, so I made up a piece with batting tape, and some random scraps of black and white fabric I pieced for the backing. The binding is leftover bits of jelly roll strips from earlier quilts.

So now, I have a bench mat and an empty strings bucket! Result.

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, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
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 Viv

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

32 thoughts on “ScrapHappy July

  1. Wonderful that you have created something both pleasing to the eye and useful out of scraps. I love the rows of hearts ♡

  2. Moira says:

    Great looking bench mat!

  3. Brilliant… 🤩
    I so love the colours too 😍

  4. I don’t think you will notice coffee or tea stains on this one quite as well. I like it.

  5. […] Joining Kate for Scrap Happy July […]

  6. What a cheerful bench mat!

  7. nanacathy2 says:

    Clever idea to cut the fabric into suitable sized pieces as you go, so when the need or impulse arises you are good to go. It also looks practical and pretty.

  8. Going Batty in Wales says:

    It is wonderfully colourful and stains should be able to hide in the patterns. Perfect!

  9. Debbierose says:

    That’s a super idea, and I need a bench mat or two. Another item to add to my to do list

  10. it is always nice to have an empty bucket (so you can start filling it up) and something useful too.

    • katechiconi says:

      This is one bucket that is rarely empty and I think in a day or so will have another batch of strips in it. All the better; creation is a continuous process.

  11. claire93 says:

    lovely use of strips ^^

  12. What lovely bright colours

  13. kymlucas says:

    This is my favorite kind of quilting!

  14. rutigt says:

    Well, this is what I call Scrappy! Great way to use scrappy stripes!

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