ScrapHappy May

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host  ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

I gave my caravan sewing set-up a test drive this month. Rather than take the hand-stitched Anemone scrappy quilt blocks away with me for this month’s ScrapHappy, I decided to give something new a try. I took two ziploc bags of scraps away with me, one purple and one pink. I’ve made a scrappy block out of each bag, and I think this’ll be an interesting new thing to continue with for future ScrapHappy posts. The photos are a bit grim, but it was the best I could do with the lighting at my disposal and the space I had. Something to think about for future trips…

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. Any-thing 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 shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commit-ment 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.

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):

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)
Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)
Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)
Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)
Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)
Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)
Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)
Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)
Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)
Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)
Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)
Tracy: https://itsatsweetsday.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jill: http://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Jan: http://thesnailofhappiness.com/ (in English only)
Karen: https://mewithptsd.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Moira: http://quiltedsnail.blogspot.com/ (in English only)
Sandra: https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Linda: http://kokaquilts.blogspot.co.nz (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

ScrapHappy June

A whole one block this month, but given everything that’s been happening, I’m quite pleased 🙂

Scrappy BlockI think I need about 4 more blocks and then I can start assembling this quilt. I’m going to need a whole bunch of prairie points, but that’s a piece of cake; it’s just 2½” strips cut into squares and ironed into triangles. The quilt itself won’t be a truly scrappy one: if I can find it, I want to use a dark grey shot cotton sashing in between the blocks, and that will be new fabric. Also, depending on how enthusiastic I’m feeling, the back may also be ‘big’ scrappy, or simply a big piece of generic wideback fabric.

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. 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 shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about 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.

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):

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Viv at https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

ScrapHappy April

That’s more like it!

AprilScrappy1 AprilScrappy2AprilScrappy3A lovely trio this time, and actually well in time, shock horror.

Once again, it’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host  ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. 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 shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commit-ment 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.

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):

Usually has a scrappy post:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Viv at https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)

See you again, same time next month!

 

ScrapHappy November

Hello again!

Despite world events, life goes on. It’s the 15th of the month again, the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

IMG_3348Look at this piece of scrappy loveliness! The block is called ‘October Sky’, a new pattern designed by Esther of ipatchandquilt, and should now be available in her Craftsy store, in 10 and 12 inch finished sizes. I was lucky enough to get to test it for her, and this is the result, made entirely from scrap fabric – there’s fabrics from at least 5 different quilts, assorted pouches, a recent top and a pair of patchwork curtains in there! There’s an alternate version too, with an economy block centre, perfect for fussy cutting a favourite piece of fabric.

Esther's 6 inch blockThe pattern comes with a bonus 6 inch block as well, and having had a good poke around in my smallest red and blue scraps, I’ve made one of these too! Once it was done, I added a 2 inch white border all round because it made the block a more useful size for me – I don’t use small blocks very much in my quilts. I have yet to decide what to do with it, but it’s so cute and pretty, isn’t it?

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps – no new fabrics. It can be a random or formal quilt block, a pillow or pincushion, a bag or hat, a collage or rag rug. 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 shown on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. You don’t have to worry about a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance whether you’ll have something to show.

Linking with

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Susan at https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Annett at https://knettycraft.wordpress.com (In German and English)

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com.au (in English)

If I learn of any other participants I will update this post as the information comes in!

 

The Bookcase Quilt: shelving begins

Isn’t it fun when you unpack books you haven’t seen for weeks or months after a move, and reacquaint yourself with old friends?

Shelf 1Shelving books is one of my favourite activities, and today, I ‘unpacked’ the first shelf of the Bookcase Quilt, and have begun the process with the second. I’ve also made the final fabric selections for most of the other shelves.

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Penguin Classics

 

 

 

Wonder of wonders, I’ve also found a simple orange print fabric which reads from a distance as Penguin Classic orange, and have retrieved from my stash a cream on cream print which will work with it. I’m still debating whether to make iron-on transfers of classic titles my niece has read to apply to the spines of the row of paperbacks. It will add another layer of detail and realism which I think is going to be needed if the spines are to look like books rather than a row of orange and cream strips, but I’m not going to attempt Penguin logos, quite apart from the copyright issue!

The next shelf is one where the books are both upright and tilted, which is going to make for slightly more complex piecing, but is going to look great. I’m also looking forward to doing the one after that, where there are big, thick books piled in a stack which will have something appliquéd on top as a sort of paperweight.

Finally, a reminder that this coming Saturday is ScrapHappy post day, and Gun and I will be posting this month’s scrap blocks. If anyone has a scrappy block they’d like to celebrate, do join us by emailing or commenting to either me or Gun, and we will add a link to your ScrapHappy post in ours.