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.

Despite my doubts last time, it appears I did have enough paler scraps to make the blocks I needed for a 4 x 4 pale rainbow quilt… In addition to the 9 you saw last time, I’ve made another 7 blocks, and we are up to the necessary 16! The eagle-eyed among you will notice that the black/white/grey number has been removed. I found another old block in the cupboard, a brown one which was too pale for the previous quilt, so I’m going with two browns instead. In any case, the grey one told me it wanted to be part of another quilt at some stage, made with all monochromes and some brightly-coloured sashing. I still have to spend some quality time squinting at the blocks before the layout is final. I suspect it won’t be on point, because I’d need to make more blocks.

I also managed to score some shot cotton in a pretty colour that I feel really works with all those pale blocks. What would you call it? Blackberry and cream? Mulberry and cream? Not quite the $11 I paid for the dark blue in the previous quilt, but still, it’s a remnant, the ragtag tail-end of a bolt, and I did get a 50% discount so it’s honorary scrap, don’t you agree? Not sure what I’m going to do about the backing this time. I used my most unloved bits and pieces last time, so I might have to start using actual fabric (gasp!), but probably the ‘What Was I Thinking?’ pieces, assuming I still have enough of those, as well as ‘I Love It, But…‘ fabrics. And of course, I’m still thinking of a name for this quilt.

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 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). If you’ve contacted me recently to join ScrapHappy but don’t see your name there, it’s probably because I need your email address and a link to your blog, so make sure I have them for next time and you’ll be there 🙂

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

See you next month 🙂

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Bee, Myself and I #29

It’s the end of the month, so it must be time for BM&I

And here we have block 20 quilted. A rush job, a last minute job, but I like it nonetheless. The small flowers in the hydrangea heads really puff up nicely, something that doesn’t show up too well in the photo. This one has a real vintage feel, don’t you think? Proper hatbox fabric!

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

Till next time.

ScrapHappy July

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 welcoming more new members to the ScrapHappy group. Last month, Jon joined us with a scrappy electronics project, and now, Joanne, Johanna and Dawn – who is bringing us some jewellery she’s made from scrap silver from other projects. I’m loving that the scope and range of scrappiness is growing beyond the fabric/ yarn format!

This month is our ScrapHappyversary. The first ever ScrapHappy post went up in July 2015, and since then, there has been a scrappy post from Gun and myself on the 15th of every month come rain or shine, with more and more people joining us as time went on. Go scraps!

Here’s my offering this month. You may recall that when I was making the original $11 Rainbow scrappy quilt I had a number of much paler blocks, pastel shades that didn’t work with the strong brights I ended up using. I’ve pulled the paler red, blue, pink, teal and green blocks out of the cupboard, and added pale yellow, grey, beige/brown and lilac to join them. You guessed it. There’s another rainbow quilt on the way…

That’s a dapple of sunlight making the pale patch on the design wall, not a really strange effect of the colours I used!

At this stage, I’m not at all sure I’ll have enough of the pale scraps to complete a pastel rainbow quilt the same size as the other one. I have a whole range of colour ideas for the sashing, but whether I can find any of them in a shade I like and a price I can afford (I have a nasty habit of falling in love with expensive shot colours…) is the question. For now, I’m thinking a cool grey instead of dark blue, and scrappy joining strips as before, but I’ll wait till the quilt decides and lets me know. Or how about a very low value, small scale print that unifies all the colours? That might look a bit busy, but it could work… If I don’t make more blocks, this version might also end up with much wider sashing to compensate for the lack of another row in each direction, or I could set them on point, then I just have to do triangular setting blocks? Tell me what you think 🙂

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 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, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley and Dawn

See you again, same time next month!

Bee, Myself and I #28

And the next one. This is Block 19.

The small scale of the pattern on the floral didn’t allow me to to pick out the elements with the quilting, as I normally do. So I decided to do a simple grid and I love the ‘quilty’ effect. This is one of the earliest blocks I made, and it’s interesting to observe how my ideas and tastes moved on as I built the fabric collection for this project. I love the fabric, but I wouldn’t use it for this quilt a second time round. Also interesting to see how my appliqué skills improved; later blocks are not quite so wonky 🙂 And in case you’re wondering, the blocks are numbered according to when I quilted them and their position in the quilt, not the date I completed the assembly of each individual block.

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column.

Till next time.

ScrappHappy June: Raw?

My word, time goes fast when you’re having fun busy…

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps, and although I couldn’t wait till now to show you the finish of the $11 Rainbow quilt, I do have something else to show you.

It is square, really. I just can’t seem to take a decent photo today…

I’ve tested an idea I had a while ago. You know those ‘confetti’ quilts, where people scatter tiny snippets of coloured fabric on a background, then cover it with very fine black tulle netting and quilt all over it? I didn’t have any tulle, but I did want to try the idea of raw edges held down with lots of quilting. I’d like to make a scrappy rug for the bathroom using this technique, but rather than make the whole thing and discover it disintegrates the first time I put it in the washing machine, I thought I’d make a test piece. This cheerful little square will get used as a mug rug for a while, and when it’s received a few brown rings, I shall put it in the washing machine and see what happens. If it works, we’re good to go. If not, well, it’s very little time and effort wasted. (Oh, and the binding’s a scrappy remnant too, leftover from the Bonnard quilt.)

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 scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful 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). We have two new members today!

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon
and Hayley

See you again, same time next month!

 

 

 

$11R: Completed and bound

I debated whether to wait for ScrapHappy day with this…

But I wanted to share this finish, and I’ll still have a week to come up with a new scrappy project for 15th June. You haven’t seen the back yet, so here it is. It isn’t very harmonious or designed-looking, but it is a scrappy quilt backing in the best tradition 🙂

The binding consists of 6 inch lengths of the blue batiks I used for the sashing on the back, alternating with triples of 2 inch scrappy squares. Because they’re broken up with multi-colour strips, the blues don’t look too repetitive, and doing it this way has enabled me to use up even more scraps without too many thick seams to negotiate.

I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out. It makes me smile just to look at it. There will probably be others of the same sort in my future, because it’s such a good way to use scraps (and I still have those paler blocks to use!), but I’ll try different permutations so I don’t end up with an endless variation on the same theme. What I like about this one is how my $11 dark blue fabric frames the colours and makes each panel seem to be floating on a multicoloured back-lit field. As a previous commenter said: it looks like stained glass.

Now, back to the drawing board. I have a new ScrapHappy project to devise!

$11R, and catching up with myself

I’ve been off the radar a lot, haven’t I?

Plenty of excellent reasons for that, but first, here’s the latest on the $11 Rainbow quilt. I have the last, and largest, seam still to go, and then the top is fully assembled.

I’ve been poking through my scraps, and I will be doing a scrappy binding, but nowhere near as fiddly as the scrappy strip I’ve done for the sashing. For one thing, it’d make the binding very lumpy, and for another, it would take forever. I need at least 270 inches of binding, and that is a very great deal of sewing together tiny snippets. Instead, I’ll still go scrappy but with much larger pieces in random colours, interspersed with 6 inch sections of the blue batiks I used for sashing on the reverse. 6 inches of batik, 6 inches of random. That’ll go a lot quicker. I’ve also taken the decision not to put this quilt into the Mackay Show, for reasons which will become apparent in a moment.

So, the catching up bit. The Husband and I took on the job of organising our motorbike club’s Annual National Rally here in Mackay in August this year: 50-80 riders and their partners, for a three day weekend, organising accommodation, meals, the rally dinner, rides and route maps, catering and entertainment. The hope was that we’d get volunteer help from other members, and plenty of advice and assistance from higher up the club food chain. Neither of these has materialised. Add to this the fact that the Husband works shifts of tremendously long hours, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out who gets to do a lot of the organising.

I’ve also been summoned for jury service in the very week when the Mackay Show is on, and if I can’t go to the show I don’t see the point of submitting a quilt. It’s not as if I’m expecting to win anything with this quilt, so I’ll just finish it as time allows, and take some pressure off myself. What’s chiefly annoying me about jury service is that it’s the 4th time I’ve been summoned in as many years, while the Husband has served only once in his life 😦

And finally, more health fun. Half a year ago I had my coeliac disease diagnosis reversed after 10 years. Well fine, but what was causing the symptoms? Much testing-misery later, I’ve been told to see an Accredited Dietitian and adopt a low-FODMAP diet, as I may have an unusual form of IBS. Eating gluten-free as a coeliac was challenging enough, but this is a whole new ballgame. Thank heavens for the app developed by Monash University, who conducted the original research and have extensively tested the resulting IBS-resolving diet over the past 20 years. I’m slowly working my way through all the nasties that may be causing the problem. It’s dull, but at least I’m not feeling permanently unwell any more. And one day, I’m promised that I’ll be able to eat more normally and things will have settled down for good.

So that’s me all caught up, and hopefully explains why it’s been so quiet in Chiconia recently.