Could This Be The Start Of Something Big?

Here are some of my cotton scraps.    I say ‘some’ because there are quite a few more.  I was industrious at some stage – can’t remember when – and cut some scraps into squares and strips so there’s a box of those somewhere and also a box totally dedicated to scraps of Liberty of London tana lawn which I get out and stroke now and again.

Anyway, I think it’s time something was done with all these bits of pretty floating around and, inspired by the beautiful quilt Kate has made entirely from scraps,  which is so lovely she’s entering it into her local Quilt Show, and by the fact Kate and Gun host a Scraphappy Day once a month, I thought I’d throw design and colour coordination to the wind and make a scrappy quilt myself.

I’ll be making them all with a 12 inch finished size and using the QAYG (quilt as you go) method to join them all up.

I know I’m already starting on the F2F Block Swap that Kate organises but those blocks will be more complex and I’ll be strictly sticking to the chosen colours of the other participants whereas these ones will be put together in a vaguely random fashion – let’s call it ‘organic’.

My first block was put together on a whim and, if I’d had my head on, I would perhaps have chopped those large pieces up a bit more but, hey, it’s an organic process, remember.

The next one’s better and even has some yellow in it which I don’t usually countenance but I must have used it in something in order to have the scraps.

They probably won’t end up next to each other but, as I only have two at the moment, there is no option.  I’ll think about sashing etc. further down the road.

If you want to see what can become of joining scraps together, you can see Kate’s beauty here – but don’t expect mine to be ‘show worthy’ necessarily.  Although I might be able to show you a much emptier scrap box by the end of it.

Here are the others who take part in ScrapHappy Day every month or every now and again.  If you fancy joining in – you can use any scraps you want to – fabric, yarn, paper, etc. – just contact Kate or Gun.


Kate Gun,TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn(me),  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean, Jon
and Hayley

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on June 15, 2018 - 06:52

    Oooh! It Has Begun…. Love the two you’ve started with. Like you, I’m not a huge yellow fan, so my yellow blocks were much more down the orange end of the scale, but I have to say I really like that acid yellow fabric with the hot pink print on it! Maybe not en masse, but as an accent, it’s brilliant. You may also find that going forward you prefer the effect of using small pieces. My own technique is to start in the middle with fairly little pieces, and work out to larger sections and strips around the edge. Quite apart from the visual effect, it gives you a more stable edge to work with when you’re joining things up.
    Oh, and by the way, we have two new members if you feel like updating your links. One of them is Mr Snail, and he’ll be giving us something *completely* different 🙂

    • #2 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 08:10

      The yellow with pink birds was a failed hatbox at one time if you remember – still is actually, just never made it into the finished wall hanging. I will go with smaller bits next time but, unlike more authentic scrappers, I don’t save many really tiny bits – nothing smaller than an inch square anyway.

      • #3 by katechiconi on June 15, 2018 - 09:33

        An inch square is plenty. After seam allowances you end up with a half inch bit, just enough for a tiny pop of colour. And I think that hatbox is too good to be buried somewhere. A cushion, maybe, or would that be a soft furnishing too far for M. Tialys?

      • #4 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 09:45

        Probably – plus it has yellow in it. Although I do have a goldy, mustard cushion on our beat up brown leather sofa but it’s a different type of thing altogether.

      • #5 by katechiconi on June 15, 2018 - 10:44


  2. #6 by anne54 on June 15, 2018 - 08:33

    I love your second one. Despite being ‘scrappy’ it has enough repetition of pattern and colour to hold it all together. And how virtuous you must be feeling!

    • #7 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 09:29

      I think I’ll save feeling virtuous until I’ve made 20 odd, joined them all together and quilted them. Or maybe I’ll allow myself to feel a little bit virtuous now as the finish might be a bit too far in the future.

  3. #8 by Kim on June 15, 2018 - 09:10

    I love this idea – and although I said ‘never again’ after getting going on The Managements quilt I might just be converted now. I need to know about QAYG, and also the scrap from the odd shapes I cut on this quilt is offending me.
    I think I like the small pieces best but a few ‘accent’ squares with larger pieces might be just what’s needed.
    BTW – you are allowed to say you told me so!

    • #9 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 09:24

      Haha! I was trying not to.

      I use this tutorial for QAYG but I don’t like seeing an extra line of machine stitching (mine isn’t always accurate enough to be unobtrusive) so I sew the strips down on the back with a slip stitch. I usually machine quilt the individual blocks but, next time, I’m going to try to hand quilt them as I think a 12.5 inch block will be manageable enough.

      • #10 by Kim on June 15, 2018 - 16:17

        You must have been predicting this outcome. The ability to quilt small blocks as you go seems very appealing at the moment….

      • #11 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 18:46

        It’s certainly better than wrestling a large quilt under a domestic machine and more manageable to hand quilt but, of course, it wouldn’t suit every type of quilt design.

  4. #12 by nanacathy2 on June 15, 2018 - 09:41

    Oh, oh, oh goody gum drops. I love these scrappy quilts. My favourite of your scraps is that teapot with the clock.

    • #13 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 09:47

      It’s lovely fabric which I’ve used to make lots of craft type things in the past and eked out the remaining bits. I’ll probably rummage about to find some more of it and you can play ‘spot the tea-time fabric’ in future scrappy blocks.

  5. #14 by Catherine on June 15, 2018 - 10:33

    What a wonderful idea! You will have so much fun exploring your stash and creating something beautiful!

    • #15 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 11:57

      Hopefully – there are some long forgotten bits and pieces in there that a bit of deep delving has uncovered.

  6. #16 by KerryCan on June 15, 2018 - 12:20

    Let’s call it organic! Love that–so useful. And I think the yellow adds a just the right sparkle to the block it’s in. This is going to be fun to watch!

    • #17 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 12:46

      I do love a useful word 😉

  7. #18 by The Snail of Happiness on June 15, 2018 - 12:36

    Well, it looks good so far. I wish I could get enthusiastic about using up fabric scraps, but sewing is such a chore to me that mine tend to languish forever… yarn, however, is a completely different matter!

    • #19 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 12:50

      Kate shamed me into it with her constant use of fabric scraps to make lovely things. I do generate a lot of scraps and I do keep them so it makes sense to go the whole hog and actually make something out of them. How long it will take is another matter but there’s no particular rush. Yarn, on the other hand, I tend to donate to the good ladies in the dog rescue team I’m involved with to knit into blankets for the oldies (dogs that is).

  8. #20 by claire93 on June 15, 2018 - 12:46

    I love both blocks, and think it doesn’t matter whether some pièces are big or small. As you make up more, they will all fit in. Nice thing about scraps is remembering what the real projects were you made from them, and I recognised a strip of Mr T’s shirt!

    • #21 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 18:49

      You are a super sleuth!

  9. #22 by Emma on June 15, 2018 - 13:17

    It’s looking great already, this is going to be such a nice project and you won’t have to spend a cent on it!

    • #23 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 18:49

      Well, that will make a nice change for me. I might even be able to dig out a vintage sheet from my stash to back it with and then it will only cost me the batting.

  10. #24 by kathyreeves on June 15, 2018 - 16:10

    I have just reached the end of scrappiness with a necessary color! 😳 I am finally to the point that I don’t have enough of one fabric to make even one little block….aqua gingham is in my future I think! Of course, that is not the case with any other color! 😂 . I think organic will become quite addictive for you!

    • #25 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 18:47

      Another craft addiction – oh dear.

      • #26 by kathyreeves on June 16, 2018 - 00:26

        At least if I die young, I’ll be happy!😆

  11. #27 by Lynda on June 15, 2018 - 16:31

    Bravo, you’ve begun it! Now we wait to see where it will take you! Favorite fabrics are the music notes and the silhouette flowered piece below it.

    • #28 by tialys on June 15, 2018 - 18:45

      I’m being pretty random with the fabrics in the blocks – I wonder whether I’ll be able to allow myself to be quite so random when it comes to joining them together. We’ll see!

  12. #29 by magpiesue on June 16, 2018 - 02:42

    There have been times when I could sew “organically,” without measuring and cutting before sewing. I’m finding that virtually impossible these days. There is a degree of comfort in the knowledge that everything will fit and come out as expected I suppose. As someone else said, once you have more blocks made and put them all together those larger pieces in your first block may not look so out of place. In the meantime, I love those little hits of yellow. 😉

    • #30 by tialys on June 16, 2018 - 08:39

      I’m never 100% sure that my piecing will come out as expected whether I’ve sewn organically or not :/ A ‘degree of comfort’ will be my goal.

  13. #31 by Born To Organize on June 18, 2018 - 00:13

    Oh you make me smile…and laugh (stroking your tana lawn). I’m so glad you’re putting your scraps into a quilt.

    • #32 by tialys on June 19, 2018 - 10:50

      It’s going to be a bit random – I tried to stick to blue and white on the one I made over the weekend, using up scraps left over from making the blocks from one of the participants of the F2F swap. However, a few weird ones crept in including one covered in daleks.

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