ScrapHappy Zeppelins in October

When the new session of the F2F block swap started (details here), I decided to make a scrappy block every month in the colours each participant had chosen – partly so I’d have something to show on Scraphappy day if I’m honest – which I always try to be with you dear readers.    I made a couple of blocks with random scraps then changed my mind and decided to make the same paper pieced block for each person plus one for myself using the remains of the fabric used for them or similar colours from my scrap bin.   I confess the scraps are quite big scraps (more like small remnants ) as anything too small wouldn’t work for the design I’m using.   I’m still putting it forward for ScrapHappy day this month though because the fabric was all leftovers and because I haven’t had time to make anything with smaller scraps as I’ve been in a bit of a dressmaking frenzy which will be the subject of a future post.  I hope Kate and Gun will forgive me for using biggish scraps instead of littleish scraps.  (‘Littleish’ – now there’s a word you can really get your tongue around.  Is it even a word? If not, it should be.)

On a side note, if you think paper piecing is wasteful of fabric – what about dressmaking?  I can’t believe how much goes in the bin and most of it’s no good for scrappy stuff being too thick or thin or whatever.

Anyway, I have adopted a paper piecing pattern called Zeppelin which you can find on Craftsy here as a free downloadable PDF.  It doesn’t have too many pieces which is good when you have to make quite a few of them and I like the clean lines and contemporary look of it.

I started in July with Claire’s colours of turquoise, grey, black and white.

Then, in September, Nanette’s colour choices were blue and blush pink.

I parted with some of my precious ombre fabric for this one.

Moira chose browns and creams with duck egg blue as a highlight in October.

Earlier on in the swap, I was ‘Miss June’ and later made one in my own neutral(ish) palette of greys, creams, and vintage pink.

I still need to make one in Sue’s colours  – I missed making a ‘Sue Zeppelin’ in July.  Her choices were similar to Nanette’s but with white instead of blush pink to go with the blues but, eventually, once I have a Zeppelin in all nine participants’ colours, they will make a small quilt or throw which will be quite a nice souvenir of the 2018/2019 block swap.

The four scrappyish Zeppelin blocks so far flung against my  design wall.  I say, ‘design wall’ though it is just a flannelette sheet held in place by books on my bookshelf – but you get my drift.

Wondering what ScrapHappy is?  Have a look on Kate’s blog here and join us once a month – or less if you can’t come up with a duplicitous way round it like me – well, let’s call it a ‘compromise’.

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on October 15, 2018 - 09:56

    Neither duplicitous nor compromise, but an excellent use of scraps as you yourself define them. I’m not making any rules about it, way too many rules in the quilting world anyway! I think this is going to make an amazing quilt, but can I make a plea for sashing between the blocks, so that they each stand out clearly? Plus, it’d offer the perfect excuse/reason to do them QAYG…

    • #2 by tialys on October 15, 2018 - 11:11

      I was thinking of sashing due to them all being different colours and, as you say, I can QAYG. It will be a small throw or something I think although how many throws and blankets of the knitted, crocheted and quilted variety one woman needs I don’t know. Still, Christmas is coming up and I might raffle one at the old doggy fund raiser Christmas Fair coming up at the end of next month.

      • #3 by katechiconi on October 15, 2018 - 12:08

        It’d look good with black or charcoal sashing…

      • #4 by tialys on October 15, 2018 - 13:32

        I think you may well be right!

  2. #5 by nanacathy2 on October 15, 2018 - 10:20

    Course a remnant is a scrap! Lovely blocks. What a super way to remember all the people you made blocks for too.

    • #6 by tialys on October 15, 2018 - 11:13

      I know Claire’s doing the same thing with her favourite block – I think it will be a nice memento and not too large a project to put together – unlike the 27 plus blocks we will end up with from the actual swap.

  3. #7 by colorpencil2014 on October 15, 2018 - 13:19

    So intricate and perfect! Cheers, Johanna

    • #8 by tialys on October 15, 2018 - 13:33

      Well, I doubt they’re quite perfect – the quilt police would probably find something wrong – but I’m happy with them which is the main thing.

  4. #9 by dezertsuz on October 15, 2018 - 17:40

    Super blocks, and a great way to spend a short time figuring out colors. That’s where I always dither a bit on projects – either color or fabric, but you have that covered both ways!

    • #10 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:23

      Deciding on fabric and colours is my favourite bit – it’s joining them up where I sometimes have difficulty 😉

  5. #11 by thecontentedcrafter on October 15, 2018 - 19:58

    This is a really striking project Lynne – and I also like Kate’s idea of the sashing. You are very creative!

    • #12 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:21

      I would have sashed these blocks because the different colours need bringing together. It would also make a great quilt though if each block was made in the same colour and joined without sashing – maybe I’ll get round to that one day 🤔

  6. #13 by kathyreeves on October 15, 2018 - 20:16

    A great way to use up the scraps!

    • #14 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:19

      Funny what you’re inspired to do when you know there’ll be a Scraphappy day coming up every month 🙂

  7. #15 by rrita on October 15, 2018 - 20:33

    I like this Zeppelin design, it’s very fresh and modern! You’ve done beautiful work!
    As to the scraps from dress making: In my hous almost notging goes to the bin because I take everything to my kids kindergarten. It’ll be used for crafting and they are always happy to receive my unwanted scraps!

    • #16 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:18

      I might ask around here to see if they could use scraps – I always feel guilty and wasteful putting fabric in the bin.
      How are you getting on with the new addition to your family by the way?

  8. #17 by craftycreeky on October 15, 2018 - 21:23

    I love the blue ombre, it makes a stunning block.

    • #18 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:16

      It’s a lovely fabric isn’t it? Once I’ve worked my way through this stack I’ll have to go on the hunt for more.

  9. #19 by claire93 on October 15, 2018 - 23:42

    I think this is an excellent block to use for all the different scraps/leftovers you’ll have from the swap. I’m going to sash all of my old fan blocks when the swap is over to make a 3×3 lap quilt, but will have to think long & hard about what colour will bring them all together.

    • #20 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:16

      It’s difficult isn’t it. I like the Kate’s suggestion of black or charcoal grey – especially as quite a few people on the swap have grey in their colours. I’ll think about it again when they’re all done but I also need to decide what I’m going to do with my own blocks from the swap – a much bigger project obviously. Have you started on putting yours together yet?

      • #21 by claire93 on October 16, 2018 - 15:21

        nope my blocks for August are all snug in a drawer.
        I’m allowing myself to be distracted with other stuff as usual, and probably already got too much on my plate – typical!

      • #22 by tialys on October 17, 2018 - 09:58

        I know the feeling.

  10. #23 by Nanette on October 15, 2018 - 23:42

    I love my zeppelin block, Lynn, and the depth the dark blue pieces at the back give the block. I’m very grateful you shared your beloved ombre with me too, sets the block off and gives lots of movement. I’ll be making a throw too from participants colours…..unintentionally as I always seem to have the odd block or two which hasn’t worked for some reason….Too small, points chopped off, bad colour combo…. you name it, I can do it 🙂

    • #24 by tialys on October 16, 2018 - 09:14

      I can do all that too – and more. 😉

  11. #25 by KerryCan on October 16, 2018 - 13:22

    These are fun–I love seeing how the different color combos play out in the same design.

    • #26 by tialys on October 17, 2018 - 09:59

      Should make for an interesting throw or whatever they end up being.

  12. #27 by mlmcspadden on October 16, 2018 - 13:35

    Your blocks are looking good!

  13. #29 by Joanne S on October 16, 2018 - 22:29

    What a very cool block. It looks so difficult and impressive 🙂 I might have to mosey over to Craftsy to check it out.

    • #30 by tialys on October 17, 2018 - 09:58

      As paper piecing goes, this is an easy one. Not many pieces and big ones at that! It looks more impressive than it has a right to really.

  14. #31 by Beads and Barnacles on October 17, 2018 - 21:27

    These look great.
    And yes there is normally a lot of waste from dressmaking. I have to admit it bugs me so I don’t bother liking at lay plans anymore. I always cut the patterns flat and fit them in as close to one another as possible.

    • #32 by tialys on October 19, 2018 - 09:08

      I’m often forced to do that if I haven’t got quite enough fabric for the pattern I want to make and, you’re right, it usually saves quite a bit of fabric although sometimes it just gives you bigger scraps to wonder what to do with 🤔

  15. #33 by sewchet on October 25, 2018 - 11:06

    You’re right about the waste from dressmaking, although I always choose my own layout rather than go by the pattern as it’s usually much more economical. Coincidentally, I went through my scrap bag and made some ‘new’ fabric the other day for a workshop I held. Very satisfying, not to mention cheaper than going out to buy some specially.

    • #34 by tialys on October 25, 2018 - 12:08

      I’ve started using my own layout more now – usually out of necessity so I can use up stash fabric. I keep saying I’ve got both yarn and fabric stashes ‘beyond life expectancy’ and mustn’t buy more but there’s so much temptation.

  16. #35 by magpiesue on November 11, 2018 - 20:58

    Brilliant on all fronts! Wish I’d thought of something similar actually (although I guess it’s not too late to go back and catch up). It won’t be paper piecing though – not my cup of tea. 🙂

    • #36 by tialys on November 14, 2018 - 13:56

      Funnily enough, I decided on it after I’d made your blocks so I still have one with your colours to make (although it will be quite similar to Nanette’s) and then the ones coming up next. The Zeppelin is quite a quick one to do and I’ve got used to it now so it’s not too much of a chore to make another one while I have all the colours to hand.

  17. #37 by kathyreeves on November 23, 2018 - 14:28

    I love your zeppelin blocks Lynn! I didn’t think about making a memory block until I saw Claire’s so maybe I can go back and do that. I did choose a block for everyone that is the same, which has been pretty fun. I think I did keep the little triangles from that block, maybe that’s the ticket!

    • #38 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 17:27

      Well, I started off doing scrappy blocks with the colours but, after the first two, I swapped to the Zeppelin block as I really enjoy making it and it shows off the colours so nicely.

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