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, you’ve all seen that the quilt now known as Delft has taken off. So I’m no longer even slightly pretending it’s a scrappy project, since several new and gorgeous bits of fabric were purchased to bring it more beautifully to life.
But that doesn’t mean I have nothing scrappy in the pipeline. This is me, after all. I have made a start on cutting pieces of Days for Girls scrap into useful 2½ inch strips of various lengths. This is going to be a strippy quilt for their next fundraising raffle. The size is carefully chosen to make good use of the pieces I couldn’t use on previous quilts because I’d selected a square size that was too large. No waste, see? It’ll be a simple square lap quilt, with the strip direction in each quadrant running alternately horizontally and vertically. Basketweave, in other words. It’ll be quick and colourful. Exactly what’s needed, and cutting the strips is equally quick and easy, so a nice stress-free project. I don’t entirely rule out some embellishment once the main thing is done, but don’t hold me to it!
Also in the pipeline is a second repair to my friend Sally’s favourite shirt. It’s old, it’s gorgeous, it’s gently and gradually falling apart, and I’m doing my best to mend it without disrespecting its original beauty. This is a scrappy job because the spot fabric I’m pinning to the front yoke to hide the fraying shoulder seam is a scrap from the Delft quilt, and it also matches the original back yoke repair I did in the same fabric some time ago. Sally is thrilled she’ll get a little more life out of it. I hope she’ll let me have whatever remains once it finally gives up the ghost for my scrap collection…
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). This is an updated list, so ScrapHappy members, please check it against the one you post.
Kate, Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy,
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, Nóilin and Viv