ScrapHappy February

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.

Despite spending much of the first two weeks of this month 1400km away, I’ve managed to get my ScrapHappy project done!

You remember the pretty teal tablecloth I got for my porch table?  And that I wanted to make cushions for my bony porch chairs?  Well, ’tis done.

Big, squishy 16″ square cushions. No zip, just a pillowcase opening, to keep things simple.


I had a 20cm scrap of a really bold rose print in pink on pale yellow, both of which picked up colours from the tablecloth. I had some odd-shaped pieces of dark teal with a bird and leaf print on it left from my last Ovarian cancer quilt, and then of course, I have loads of teal scraps and a fair few pink ones. Each cushion has two big squares on one side and scrappy strips on the other, and I’ve rotated everything so no two cushions have the same layout or strip-set repeats. I’m pretty pleased with how they look.

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). The list below is the most current one I have, so if you’d like me to update something, let me know in the Comments.  This month, we’re welcoming Edith back after an absence to do other things, and Karrin, a new member.

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



56 thoughts on “ScrapHappy February

  1. Those colours are to die for. It goes well with the table cloth & how much does the greenery around make it pop even more !!! Utterly beautiful 😍
    I’m in the process of making another small quilt for my new bubs due soon & this will be given to her other Nana so she can have one to put baby on when she goes there.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a gorgeous combo, isn’t it? One reason why the tablecloth fabric attracted me so much. And yes, the greenery is spectacular at this time of year, especially when the turmeric is growing so tall and the bromeliads are flowering. Why am I not surprised about *another* baby quilt…? The other nana will be so pleased to be able to gift one as well.

  2. craftycreeky says:

    Love the cushions, they look so cheerful:)

  3. A lovely inviting space dressed up by happy scraps!

    • katechiconi says:

      It looks a lot better now than with the bare table and bony chairs! Also, the Husband’s brother and SIL gave me an orchid for my birthday which has miraculously survived the caravan ride home and is now being decorative and matchy-matchy on the table!

  4. You always make things with such gorgeous, cheery-uppy colours. 💜

    • katechiconi says:

      One of the funner things about living in the tropics is that you have total permission to go wild and bright with colour. Combinations that would have people going “whoah, pass the sunglasses” in the northern hemisphere are totally OK and work in our bright, hot light. It makes me very happy! Not that I don’t love neutrals – they make a great foil to the colour!

  5. Lovely lovely squishy pillows!

  6. mlmcspadden says:

    Great looking pillows. Love the colors in them.

  7. Susan Nixon says:

    They look fabulous, Kate! I wouldn’t even have thought they weren’t matching fabric. That should help comfort on the chairs. Lovely to sit and sip lemon spearmint tea and do some handwork. With a friend, of course! =)

  8. Another joyous creation. I hope the flowers in you garden are as flamboyant.

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Those fabrics just say Summer! Lovely!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Those cushions are just perfect, both in terms of comfort and appearance. I think you’ll spend many a happy hour there.

  11. Alissa Head says:

    I would like to join. I’ll shoot for a March 15 post and let you know.

  12. […] Joining with Kate and others for Scrap Happy here- […]

  13. claire93 says:

    all ready for tea & biccies ^^

  14. everyone has already said it – gorgeous! Now, can I invite myself for tea?

  15. Karrin Hurd says:

    Great gorgeous cushions!

  16. A lovely splash of color! Spectacular scraphappy! 👏👏👏

    • katechiconi says:

      They are nice and cheerful, aren’t they? Hot bright sunshine like ours needs strong colour, and I’m afraid these will fade in quite a short time, but that’s the nature of living in a tropical climate.

  17. Debbierose says:

    Nice bright cushions for your cute chairs

  18. rutigt says:

    Great looking pillows! You know I like bright colors and these are perfect! Now I must hurry back to my blog and update it. I forgot Edith 🙂

  19. Stephanie says:

    Perfect with your table cloth!

    It’s such a nice space, I don’t know how you get any sewing done, I would sit there with a book and never move.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d probably sit there longer if it wasn’t so hot! Early mornings are nice, and later in the year when it cools down, I’ll be using it more. And it’s a very good spot for hand sewing too!

  20. Perfect for that spot! I love the color combination. Nothing goes to waste around you. 🙂 Good work once again.

  21. Amo says:

    Lovely space and cushions. I hanker for a decent veranda.
    Please May I be put on the scraphappy list too?

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, and of course! I’ve emailed you some info; could you check and confirm I have your name and contact details right? If you don’t get an email (or you’ve updated since you set up your WP account), could you send me a message using the info on my Contact Me page and we’ll try again. Welcome to the group!

  22. […] is my first time participating in ScrapHappy. I’m really excited about this group, because I think it will help me use up materials I have […]

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