ScrapHappy March

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.

Well, this month it was something both pretty and useful. VanEssa, the new caravan, has a door with a window in the top half. Great for letting in light, not so great at night when anyone can see in. It needed a curtain, or blind, or something.

So I made a Something. A quilty Something, of course. Very simple piecing, and very simple cross-hatch quilting. It’s all about the colour and the scrappiness.

All scraps. The oldest one there (a scrap of green Katie Jump Rope fabric by Denyse Schmidt) is 15 years old, from my early days in Melbourne when I first arrived in Australia. You can still get it, but they’re calling it a ‘legacy print’, available in special short runs only. That doesn’t make me feel old at all… Some of the others may look more familiar from recent projects.

The backing is from the remnant bin and is from the end of a bolt. I had to cut around holes, ink stamps and pen marks. The batting was a very thin wadding used as packing material on something I bought ages ago. The binding is all scrap. It’s fixed in place with recycled hook & loop tape, and when rolled up, is held up with a hook & loop tie I rescued from somewhere. So, very scrappy indeed, then. Also, cheerful, colourful and a nice antidote to all the extremely pristine black and white caravan interior.

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 Amo and Alissa, two new members. Be sure to drop by and say hello!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, Edith
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
DebbieroseNóilinViv, Karrin,
Amo and Alissa

52 thoughts on “ScrapHappy March

  1. Bright & beautiful 😍
    Amazing how a splash of colour can bring happiness ♥️

  2. Door curtain is essential… how interesting there wasn’t one, but your creation cheerily fits the brief, and I like the roll up design.

    • katechiconi says:

      There clearly has never been one. No hooks, tabs, sticky strips or anything. How strangely exposed evening life must have been, especially taking and exiting showers!

  3. Marty K says:

    Love it in all its scrappy, colorful fineness! 💜

  4. Caroline says:

    cheerful privacy !!

  5. Perfect solution for the window and the scraps. Love it.

  6. Debbierose says:

    Perfect window dressing, bright and cheery. Amazing the memories of projects that come to mind as we delve into our scrap boxes. Well done Kate

  7. Emmely says:

    A true scrappy project! Lovely colourful addition to the caravan!

  8. Amo says:

    Your very own stained glass, lovely.

  9. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I am bemused by the starkness of caravan interiors. Are they so they can be customised? If so I doubt if many people bother! I love the way van Essa is going to be cheerful, colourful and unique. That curtain is a brilliant beginning.

    • katechiconi says:

      Personally, I think it’s a reaction to the rather hectic caravan interior colour palettes of the 70s and 80s. It looks clean and fresh, but very dull to my colour-saturated eyes!

  10. Karrin Hurd says:

    Great cheerful curtain!

  11. that’s so #CheeryUppy. And PROPERLY scrappy, unlike me this month 😉

  12. […] If you would like to read about more scrappy projects, which can be about leftover anything, then the link is this one- […]

  13. I really think you are magic – from here it appears that you wave your hands and a pile of scraps turns into a glorious “or something”. What an excellent beginning, it really softens the edges and sparkles things up!

    • katechiconi says:

      What actually happens is that I realise a need, wander aimlessly into the sewing room, have a thorough rootle around and gather large handfuls of scraps and start cutting. Only later does the thing organise itself. But I’ve found that having a whole reel of scrappy binding on hand and keeping odds and ends of batting scraps really accelerates the process.

  14. Moira says:

    Love all the scrappy colors curtain, and the roll-up idea so you can still get the daylight in without flashing all at night.

  15. Alissa Head says:

    Adorable! What a great idea to use patchwork for a curtain.

  16. claire93 says:

    lovely ^^

  17. a bright and cheerful privacy curtain – the caravan is looking very posh.

  18. Susan Nixon says:

    A wonderfully cheerful solution to the peek in problem. Congratulations on having a wonderful caravan.

  19. Your scraps look like stained glass! Magic scraps!

  20. I love pretty and practical. This is a nice antidote to the blahs. Thanks for hosting and sharing, Kate.

    • katechiconi says:

      Always a pleasure. And this caravan could indeed be very blah and bland without a colour injection.

      • I guess in some ways, starting with the neutral black and white means you don’t have to work around some garrish color. I rented a room many years ago with orange shag carpet. Ugh!

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, I’ve lived in rentals like that. And orange counter tops and brown, yellow and white swirly wallpaper. Yes, black and white is certainly calmer than that and easier to dress up.

  21. rutigt says:

    A great way to use up scraps and a very good looking one!

  22. nanacathy2 says:

    Love the quilty curtain, pretty and practical.

  23. craftycreeky says:

    Lovely and cheerful, I keep wondering about making some patchwork curtains for my sewing room 🙂

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