Scrappy July

Two more scrappy blocks to show you this month.

I’ve decided to make them – or at least nine of them – using scraps left over from making the F2F blocks so, each month I’ll make three 12 inch blocks for that month’s participant and, with the scraps, make a block for my eventual scrappy quilt.  That’s the plan anyway.

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I was ‘Miss June’ and chose neutrals for my F2F colour palette so this is the scrappy block I made after making my own three blocks (well, I’m still part way through the third one but you get my drift).

Sue, from Washington, is ‘Miss July’ and her colour choices were different shades of blue with white.  Some of these scraps don’t appear in the blocks I made for her – the butterflies wouldn’t have been right for instance – but it’s predominantly blue and white so will serve as a reminder of the blocks I made for her.

I have loads of yarn scraps left over from my Little River Blanket  – remnants ranging from 3g to 5g – and I’m wondering what to make with those.  Anybody got any experience using up such things?  I’d be grateful for any ideas.  As I’m making another of these blankets, I’ll have another 48 so the possibilities are endless – aren’t they?

If you want to make use of your own scraps – can be anything, fabric, yarn, paper, whatever – just contact Kate or Gun who organise ScrapHappy Day on the 15th of every month and, if you have something, Kate will link to your blog, if not, nobody will mind.

Here’s a link to Kate’s post this month where you will see a link to the other participants.

 

 

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on July 15, 2018 - 09:10

    I think those little leftovers are perfect for making yourself a lovely Sophie Digard ripoff scarf – have a look here:

    • #2 by tialys on July 15, 2018 - 09:25

      I was looking at her work only the other day as a few of us from the sewing group I occasionally grace with my presence (usually when I have come across a problem I need advice on) went to see a local woman’s thread and yarn dyeing operation. She has beautiful threads dyed with all natural products – there were vats of stuff everywhere and she even has a special garden where she grows plants to use in the dyeing process. I was blinded by the science but the colours were just gorgeous. Anyway, she had some crocheted items there which my friend said reminded me of Sophie Digard so I looked her up. Such beautiful work but I think she uses very fine, laceweight yarns in her work which would probably be the sort of thing to put me in an institution

      • #3 by katechiconi on July 15, 2018 - 09:29

        A lot of her stuff is linen, but there are woollen items as well. I saw one scarf in black wool with beautiful stars of soft colour just like your leftovers, which is what made me think of it. For me, the concepts are what inspire, rather than duplicating them exactly. About the only thing that truly tempts me to learn to crochet properly…

    • #4 by rosejasm on July 20, 2018 - 00:05

      Reading the comments to see the ideas people where sharing… I love this designer – I had forgotten about her work!

      • #5 by katechiconi on July 20, 2018 - 00:37

        I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to her work, I just love the colours and designs.

  2. #6 by katechiconi on July 15, 2018 - 09:12

    Oh, and great idea to make a block from each F2F month’s leftovers 🙂

    • #7 by tialys on July 15, 2018 - 13:05

      I figured I may as well do something with them straight away while they are sitting there in front of me.

      • #8 by katechiconi on July 15, 2018 - 13:24

        Sure saves putting them away!

  3. #9 by thecontentedcrafter on July 15, 2018 - 10:10

    I’m amazed at how you can create a block from those disparate bits of fabric – and they look really lovely!

    • #10 by tialys on July 15, 2018 - 13:01

      Well, if I can make all the disparate blocks into a lovely quilt at the end of it, maybe I’ll amaze you even more – and probably myself into the bargain.

  4. #11 by nanacathy2 on July 15, 2018 - 11:11

    What a clever idea to make a block from the scraps of the F2F blocks, you will have a memory quilt in no time.

    • #12 by tialys on July 15, 2018 - 13:04

      It occurred to me that, as the scraps are laying about on my cutting table at the end of making the blocks, I might as well do something with them straight away as, if they go into the scrap bin, they might never see the light of day again.

  5. #13 by claire93 on July 15, 2018 - 13:13

    lovely blocks ^^
    I’ve had the same idea to make souvenir blocks from all the F2F fabrics, but, as you’ll see, I’ll be making the same pattern each time.
    Hmmmm those little scraps of yarn are definitely in need of a scrap project to use them all up.

  6. #14 by kathyreeves on July 15, 2018 - 15:12

    A cool way to remember F2F3! As for those tiny bits of yarn, how about making a granny square throw? Not one with individual squares but one that makes a giant square or rectangle? It would be kind of like a yarny “trip around the world” quilt.

    • #15 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:54

      Yes, good idea, I’ll have to have a tour around Pinterest and have a look at some examples.

  7. #16 by Emmely on July 15, 2018 - 21:55

    Perhaps you could you use the yarn to make super colourful scrappy dogs?

  8. #18 by Lynda on July 16, 2018 - 08:59

    This idea to use your scraps as you go will certainly keep them from piling up and the blocks are gorgeous! As for the yarn bits, well, there is always this trick! https://tinyurl.com/y96ew886 Yours would be smaller perhaps, but equally colorful.

    • #19 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:53

      Thanks for the link Lynda.

  9. #20 by KerryCan on July 16, 2018 - 12:10

    I just like looking at the little bits of yarn in the box! I think I’d find a pretty basket and plunk them all in it . . . You are SO smart to be making the scrappy quilt blocks right away–some of us (ahem) would have good intentions but . . .

    • #21 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:52

      Plonking them all in a pretty basket might well be what happens – at least in the short term 😉

  10. #22 by nettyg on July 17, 2018 - 14:04

    Your memory scrap quilt will be fabulous. I make little Christmas stockings with my leftover yarn scraps, they go to a charity I support, who then distribute them to a number of community groups who provide a little bit of cheer to anyone who needs it. Or stripy rainbow baby and kids beanies, hand size comfort teddies or nests and pouches for wildlife carers, which all go to the same collector. I *try* to knit up the end of a ball when I finish larger items, before the left overs get put away. You could do coats for your favourite doggy rescue group.

    • #23 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:52

      Some good ideas there! If all else fails I do have a friend – the organiser of our local fund raising team – who is always after spare yarn for dog blankets, although these particular yarn ends might not be quite chunky enough for those.

  11. #24 by dezertsuz on July 19, 2018 - 20:58

    Fabulous scrap block idea, and these two definitely look great. As for the yarns, you could go traditional with Grandmother’s Squares, but why not just start out with one color and switch to another when it ends until you’ve used them all? If you want more order, you could sort of group them by color families and have a rainbow quilt, or balance use throughout.

    I looked at your blanket, and you could actually use that same pattern! Or, a very easy, but lovely finish is to chain an odd number, then alternate single and double crochet across, turn and go back putting single in double and double in single. Back and forth until you finish, and it sort of looks like a popcorn stitch – great in baby blankets and variegated yarn, too. I think it would be super with all these scraps of yarn!

    • #25 by tialys on July 24, 2018 - 09:50

      Thanks for those ideas Susan – I might give the alternate single and double method a try. Of course, there will be lots of ends to weave in but I’ve become used to that with my last couple of blankets.

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