Big Scraps, Little Scraps And Some In Between

Can a person get addicted to a crochet pattern?  If so, I’m on my way to rehab.  Remember these two Little River Blankets? (pattern designed by Emma Varnam )

The one on the right is made with Scheepjes yarn from the original kit and, to be honest, is still my favourite due to the softer feel of the cotton/acrylic mix and the more carefully planned out colour scheme which the pattern provides.  The one on the left is made with 100% cotton yarn and I made the colours up as I went along.

All the yarn came in cute little 10g balls and, in the original, only one row is crocheted with each ball.  Even so, I still had some leftovers from both projects

Perfect for yet another version using the scraps and enabling me to participate in ScrapHappy day this month.

I am breaking the rules with this one due to the limitations of using scraps and am having to change colour part way through a lot of the rows.  I’m just trying to keep some sort of blending going.

This is it so far,  unwoven in ends and all.  The blue I’m using to create the unifying ripple every 7th row and the eventual edging is the only new yarn I bought for this version.  The 7th row should have been the 5th row but I forgot and didn’t want to frog it so decided to keep it at every 7th – who will know?  Or care?

I think the reason I’m addicted is the pattern is easy, though not totally mindless, so perfect for getting something useful done when I’m Netflix bingeing in the evening. It also keeps me from having a glass of wine or falling asleep – the two usually go together.

A double whammy from the scrap department this month.  I made these two blocks for Kate’s newest quilt project for Ovarian Cancer Australia.  Their colours are teal and cream and Kate likes to indulge her love of puns when naming the quilts.  We’ve had ‘Tealed With A Kiss’, ‘Signed, Tealed, Delivered’ amongst others in the past and this one will be called ‘Go Teal It On The Mountains’.  So, Kate and some of her readers of the patchwork persuasion are making blocks with a mountain theme.  For some time now I’ve had a stash of of teal blues (and similar) kept specially for these projects.  The blocks are assembled, quilted and finished by Kate and then auctioned to raise funds. You can read a bit more about it on Kate’s blog here.

This first block of mine was just a case of joining strips really.

I found the original idea online here

My second block was foundation paper pieced, a method I have come to love.

Free pattern found on Craftsy here 

Kate asks for 12 inch finished blocks and this one was only 7 inches but I found this useful guide on how to enlarge and reduce paper pieced patterns here

Here’s another little scrap

Yuki hunting grass

Joining in this month with Kate and Gun’s Scraphappy Day for some inventive uses of scraps and interesting blogs. If you want to use up some scraps and show what you’ve done with them – could be paper, yarn, fabric, leather, wood, whatever, just let Kate know here and she can add you to the list of participants even if you don’t want to do something every month.   Find more details on Kate’s blog here


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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on September 15, 2018 - 09:26

    That blanket, oh my, who would ever guess it was made from scraps. Love the quilt blocks too, and by sheer coincidence the bear mountain was the design I found too, not that I have got beyone finding a design, please tell me it is easy for a total beginner.

    • #2 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:35

      I’m sure you’ll manage Cathy – don’t attach them to the batting as she has done, although I’m sure you realised that.
      I started with a smallish triangle and then just added strips downwards for the mountain until I reached something approaching 13 inches. Then I added the sides, taking care to remember the block will be trimmed to 12.5 inches and you don’t want to be left with any teeny tiny strips of fabric on the edges of the block. What animals will you have traipsing across the base of the mountain?

  2. #3 by claire93 on September 15, 2018 - 09:35

    you are getting so much fun out of those 10g balls . . . !
    And the patchwork blocks are gorgeous. Especially the second one.

    • #4 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:36

      I’m easily pleased Claire 😉

  3. #5 by katechiconi on September 15, 2018 - 09:45

    Those teeny balls of colour just keep on giving, and it keeps on being beautiful 🙂 I love version #3 of the blankie just as much as the earlier two. The mountain blocks are gorgeous, as your blocks always are, and will be an asset to the quilt when it’s done; thank you so much! Now that my cutting table is no longer festooned with pink, I’ll be able to get on and make a start on my own blocks for the GTOM quilt. About time….

    • #6 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:38

      I think some teal will be a bit of a rest for your eyes after all those brights. Will you be FPPing, appliquéing or rotary cutting?

      • #7 by katechiconi on September 15, 2018 - 23:48

        Wouldn’t surprise me if there was a bit of everything! Perhaps not all in one block, though… I definitely feel a bit of FPP coming on, and there’s a couple of ideas that would be easiest to execute as appliqué.

  4. #8 by thecontentedcrafter on September 15, 2018 - 10:12

    That’s a great scrappy blanket – the joy of scrappy blankets is they are all over the show with bits and pieces and different weights of yarn – it’s all eyeball and textural pleasure! 🙂

    • #9 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:39

      Thanks Pauline, there are rather a lot of ends to weave in but I’m used to that after the Eastern Jewels blanket so I’ll cope.

  5. #10 by CurlsnSkirls on September 15, 2018 - 13:51

    Love your blankets, Lynn, and admire the quilt blocks. Yuki looks a treasure.
    (Can you tell I’m a cat person?)

    • #11 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:41

      I’m so proud of little Yuki who had such a bad start in life and, although she’s mute and has only half a tail, really is a little treasure.

      • #12 by CurlsnSkirls on September 15, 2018 - 20:27

        Love & gratitude have their own voice. 😻

  6. #13 by Lynda on September 15, 2018 - 17:38

    Everything in this post is beautiful and fun, Lynn! And, great minds thinking alike, I do recognize that ombre in your paper pieced block. 😉 I find myself wishing I had ordered more of it, though I am not sure what I would do with it but look at it. Lovely work all round!

    • #14 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:44

      Do you remember me buying it? I can’t remember the name of that American company that had ‘offers’ and shipped all over for a fairly reasonable price. I had to unsubscribe in the end as I was spending too much money with them. My big stack of ombré fabric – which I only stared at and stroked for a while – have actually come in very useful so no regrets.

      • #15 by Lynda on September 16, 2018 - 01:55

        No, I don’t recall it, but maybe that is why I ended up ordering a bit of it for myself when I saw it a week ago. The seed was planted? 😉

  7. #16 by Connie Butner on September 15, 2018 - 19:18

    I love how you are using up every scrap of yarn in a new blanket! The pattern is lovely. Your quilt blocks are pretty as well!

    • #17 by tialys on September 15, 2018 - 19:45

      Thanks you Connie – what will you make with your long scrappy strips?

  8. #18 by kathyreeves on September 15, 2018 - 20:25

    I love the. Blanket you are making,mans how wonderful to be able to use up all those odds and ends! Those are great blocks, too, I have just begun to look at blocks. 😊

  9. #19 by KerryCan on September 16, 2018 - 11:19

    Oh, sweet Yuki–don’t let that grass get away! You are getting all kinds of mileage out of that pretty yarn and that pattern! You seem to be so productive . . . and I can’t even manage a regular blog post!

    • #20 by tialys on September 17, 2018 - 10:53

      I’m not very regular with my posts either – I don’t know how people do one every day. I usually do a few in a rush and then nothing for a couple of weeks. If I know I’m going to write a post about something it makes me put a spurt on with it so my blog is like a little cheerleader in the background, egging me on when I’m slacking.

  10. #21 by Emma on September 17, 2018 - 01:36

    I’m impressed you’ve already finished your blocks for Kate! I love them both! And this third crochet blanket is looking great already, you’ve sure been super productive using scraps!

    • #22 by tialys on September 17, 2018 - 10:50

      I wanted to get them done and sent off so that I’m freed up – patchwork wise – for next month’s F2F blocks. I’ve had fun using the scraps for the blanket even though there are loads of ends to sew in 😱

      • #23 by Emma on September 17, 2018 - 10:52

        That’s fair I forgot that you were also doing the F2F, that’s a lot of patchwork 😊 and I feel you for the ends, there are always too many of them 😅

  11. #24 by dezertsuz on September 17, 2018 - 02:10

    Fabulous crochet pieces. I think I’d like that pattern, too. I really like the way the scrappy one looks, and the unifying blue was a good idea. The Kate blocks look wonderful, too. She has a great sense of pun.

    • #25 by tialys on September 18, 2018 - 09:17

      Lots of people like that pattern but it seems to only be available as a kit from a particular U.K. shop. The designer might have done a year long deal with the shop or something and the pattern might be on general release after that – I’ll keep an eye out for you. I don’t know how Kate keeps coming up with those puns – it must be a skill.

  12. #26 by Joanne S on September 18, 2018 - 01:15

    I love the ombre effect with the yarn/thread colors. It is just very soothing and pleasing to the eye. Nice job!

    • #27 by tialys on September 18, 2018 - 09:12

      Thank you – it’s a bit more of a challenge to blend the colours when only using scraps but I feel very virtuous for making something out of them rather than throwing them away or letting them sit around for ages taking up space before chucking them out anyway.

  13. #28 by colorpencil2014 on September 22, 2018 - 11:38

    Good heavens, everything is so beautiful and colorful. Imagine snuggling under such a blanket on a bleak winter’s day! The quiltwork is so artful, just beautiful!

    • #29 by tialys on September 22, 2018 - 16:55

      Thank you. I’ve just finished the third one – it’s on the blocking mat as we speak – and I’m trying to resist the urge to do another as I’ve got a shawl I need to start.

  14. #30 by KelsiVianna on September 23, 2018 - 07:03

    That blanket is gorgeous! I have one like it that I found at an antique store – would love to create my own!!

    • #31 by tialys on September 23, 2018 - 09:25

      Thank you. I see on your blog that you sew – do you knit or crochet too or is that in your future perhaps?

      • #32 by KelsiVianna on September 23, 2018 - 14:09

        I have crocheted a little bit but I’m still beginner definitely. I need to get my hooks out again and learn more. I’ve always wanted to pick it up as something to do while I watch tv at night.

      • #33 by tialys on September 23, 2018 - 16:51

        I was a knitter only – in terms of yarn – until a couple of years ago and then I saw so many lovely crochet projects online that I became determined to pick it up again. Now I’m hooked, as they say. I usually sew in daylight hours and knit or crochet in the evenings in front of Netflix unless it’s a complicated pattern that needs concentrating on – I’m not that good yet!

      • #34 by KelsiVianna on September 24, 2018 - 01:59

        That was exactly my plan! I just need to get around to learning!

  15. #35 by Born To Organize on September 30, 2018 - 18:56

    From a distance, your blanket looks like little tiles. I love all those colors together and I always appreciate these scrappy posts. Your teal squares are fabulous. I’m intrigued by paper piecing quilt squares.

    Yuki is a beauty and what a terrific photo you’ve captured there in the grass. What a love.

    • #36 by tialys on October 1, 2018 - 14:39

      Foundation paper piecing is certainly intriguing – not to say maddeningly frustrating when you first start – but I love it. I must get more adventurous and make blocks with lots more teeny pieces because then I would use up more scraps rather than create more.

      • #37 by Born To Organize on October 17, 2018 - 00:37

        I love the idea of using tiny scraps to make a better whole. Time to quilt some fairy garden blankets before it gets too cold?

      • #38 by tialys on October 17, 2018 - 09:56

        I do try not to be wasteful but I must confess I’m a bit impatient with the very tiny scraps that others use so imaginatively.

      • #39 by Born To Organize on October 24, 2018 - 01:52

        Small, all-cotton scraps can be added to your compost bin. No more guilt!

      • #40 by tialys on October 24, 2018 - 09:30

        Ooh, good idea.

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