Scraphappy Day June 2019

Today, being the 15th of the month, is the day for showing off what you have done with your scraps.  You might remember this pattern I showed you at the end of last month’s Scraphappy post and it has driven me every bit as mad as you might imagine it would.

Having cut hundreds of 1.5 inch squares from scrap fabrics, I proceeded to lay them out in 5 x 5 blocks in the order shown in the pattern, like so.

Having joined the blocks up individually,  they must then be joined in rows which was much more interesting once the first row was completed and I could start adding coloured squares.  Here’s the first two rows joined together and hung out of the way.

I’m making this as a project for Wednesday afternoons when I sew along with a friend of mine and, for the first time when we’re doing a project together, neither of us has felt tempted to do any alone during the rest of the week.  I expect you might not be surprised to hear that.

I am not the most accurate piecer which is why I like to do foundation paper piecing as it enables me to achieve better results.   So, trying to join small squares together was never going to be a piece of cake for me.  I did try, originally, to place the squares on a grid made from fusible interfacing, fold along the lines and stitch then cut the seams open and iron out as I have done for individual ‘postage stamp’ blocks before but, although it made for  more accuracy, it made the fabric stiffer and, worse, took longer to do and I couldn’t face doing another twenty blocks.  So, I abandoned that method after the first row.

Almost worse than the piecing is the ironing.  Pressing all those tiny, close together seams open means burnt fingers and every time you press one seam, the ones only an inch away from it, risk getting ‘unpressed’ again.

I sometimes wonder why I decide on certain projects in the first place but what’s a (sewing) life without a bit of a challenge?

Now, I’ve done three rows and joined them up and can start to see the sewing machine shape emerge, I feel more encouraged.  Also, hung in my workroom window, there’s a nice stained glass effect going on.

Mr. Tialys says it looks like a  cow.  Ridiculous! Who ever saw a multi-coloured cow? Whereas there are plenty of multi-coloured sewing machines around of course 🙄

As it is the 15th of the month, and it’s June, it is also my birthday so I hope to be wining, dining, walking around admiring the scenery and generally enjoying a bit of a break over the border in Spain as you read this.

Just about here….



Hasta la vista, until next time.


If you like the idea of using your scraps (of anything, not just fabric) click on Kate or Gun(first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on June 15, 2019 - 08:37

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  2. #3 by DawnGillDesigns on June 15, 2019 - 10:05

    What you need for ironing those, is a soldering iron, with an attachment. We used them at bookbinding college –
    (like this perhaps

    – WE used them when backing / lifting papers that needed a little heat to undo the previous glue. Much less damage done than with a larger iron. You can get all sorts of different shaped tips, and a decent electric soldering iron will have a dial of sorts to adjust the temperature.

    • #4 by tialys on June 15, 2019 - 10:47

      Good idea, must see what attachments husband has on his soldering iron.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on June 15, 2019 - 10:16

    It’s official, M. Tialys is barking. I totally fail to see a cow in that rather gorgeous scrappy master work. I have a teeny weeny craft iron for doing seams like that, it’s basically a handle with a tiny iron-shaped flat pointy plate at the tip which gets hot. It does the job and avoids the burned fingers.
    Happy Birthday, Bonne Anniversaire or Feliz Cumpleaño, depending on which country you’re in when you read this!

    • #6 by tialys on June 15, 2019 - 10:46

      That will be Feliz Cumpleaño then, gracias.

  4. #7 by claire93 on June 15, 2019 - 10:26

    that pixelated piece would drive me mad too ^^
    Have a lovely birthday day out!

    • #8 by tialys on June 15, 2019 - 10:48

      Thanks Claire and it’s a whole weekend 😁

      • #9 by claire93 on June 15, 2019 - 12:25

        you’ll be speaking fluent Spanish by the end of the weekend lol

      • #10 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:21

        Seeing as I still wouldn’t call myself fluent in French after 14 years, I doubt it, especially as the little Spanish I do have isn’t Catalan. Still I can do all the important stuff like ordering food and drink 🤣

  5. #11 by thecontentedcrafter on June 15, 2019 - 11:09

    I was going to suggest one of those tiny irons – but it’s been done. It’s starting to look quite exciting – definitely not a cow! Happy Birthday and have a wondrous celebration!

    • #12 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:21

      Thank you Pauline and we did have a very pleasant weekend indeed.

  6. #13 by Sara Lawler on June 15, 2019 - 13:17

    Wishing you a very happy birthday … it looks like you’re somewhere very beautiful and fitting … have fun xx

    • #14 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:18

      Thanks Sara – had a great time and, even better, are now confident we can leave the house and menagerie in the charge of youngest daughter (at least for a weekend) without a problem and so will probably be doing it a bit more often in the future. x

      • #15 by Sara Lawler on June 17, 2019 - 10:39

        Fabulous! Xx

  7. #16 by nanacathy2 on June 15, 2019 - 13:36

    Happy Birthday Senora. I love the multi coloured cow but can’t see the udder.
    Seriously I am vey very impressed it is lovely.

  8. #18 by Laurie Graves on June 15, 2019 - 15:16

    Happy, happy birthday! What a beautiful place for a celebration. Holy cats, what a project! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

    • #19 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:16

      Thanks Laurie – it is a beautiful place and just the right distance away to drive to for a long weekend and still feel as though you’ve had a little holiday.
      I am also looking forward to seeing the finished piece but probably for a different reason 😉

  9. #20 by Moira on June 15, 2019 - 15:16

    Beautiful work! What a fun quilt to be working on.

    And Happy birthday!

    • #21 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:14

      ‘Fun’ might be a bit of a stretch but I think it will be worth it in the end – although I’m glad we decided on the wall hanging size, rather than the throw quilt size. Having said that, the squares for the throw are 2.5 inches rather than 1.5 inches so it might actually have been less fiddly.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes.

  10. #22 by nottaholiday on June 15, 2019 - 15:18

    ola, and a very happy birthday to you, If I wasn’t undertaking a “dry” winter (the third annual with a break for last year) I would raise a glass to you, so you’ll have to do it for me, Cheers x

    • #23 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:12

      ‘Dry Winter’ – 😱
      I usually do ‘dry January’ and that’s enough for me. How long does your winter last?
      Anyway, I did raise a glass to myself, from you, on more than one occasion, thank you.

      • #24 by nottaholiday on June 17, 2019 - 09:18

        excellent!! three months for winter and it’s only three weeks in. gahh
        and yes the emoji is pretty accurate.

      • #25 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 10:06

        Eek! As you’re in Australia (I think), I’d argue you don’t really have winter anyway but then I can come up with all sorts of excuses. I once did ‘Firsty February’ – something I made up myself – as February is a shorter month.
        Good luck with it anyway.

  11. #26 by Lynda on June 15, 2019 - 16:07

    This is going to be so lovely once you’ve finished and what fun to be working with a friend as well. Happy Birthday! Your chosen location in Spain looks wonderful!

    • #27 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:10

      Thanks Lynda – my friend is French so I can improve my language skills while we sew too. That is a lovely part of the Costa Brava – but we probably won’t go again until September now as the busy season is about to start and the roads will be blocked, the restaurants will be full, the hotels will be more expensive and the beaches will be a sea of bodies – you get the picture.

  12. #28 by CurlsnSkirls on June 15, 2019 - 17:23

    Happy, happy birthday Lynn!!!
    Hope you have a lovely time and thoroughly enjoy yourself!
    Might be Mr. T is a bit pixilated himself if he’s seeing a cow…
    🍷 🎂 🥂

    • #29 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:08

      Thanks Del – we did have a lovely time and my daughter managed to keep herself, the dogs, cats and house in fairly good order while we were gone so perhaps we can do it a little more often now.

      • #30 by CurlsnSkirls on June 17, 2019 - 16:02

        🤞🤞 Hope you can as there are so many lovely places for you to visit!

  13. #31 by Kim on June 15, 2019 - 18:07

    Have a wonderful birthday!
    I think the sewing machine piece looks amazing – but squares that small? Yikes!!!

    • #32 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:06

      Thanks Kim.
      I know, it looks as if we’re going to have some squares left over between us but I don’t think either of us will be tempted to make another.

  14. #33 by The Snail of Happiness on June 15, 2019 - 22:47

    Happy birthday.
    Your tenacity with that design leaves me in awe… I would have given up before I even started!

    • #34 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:05

      Thank you.
      I nearly did give up to be honest but, once it started taking shape, I was encouraged.

  15. #35 by kathyreeves on June 15, 2019 - 23:32

    Happy birthday! That is no cow, not even close! The rainbow sewing machine is not going to win, you’ve got this!

    • #36 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:04

      Thank you. Only one more row to add now and it’s definitely looking more ‘sewing machine like’.

  16. #37 by knitnkwilt on June 16, 2019 - 00:11

    It will be worth the trouble when finished!

    • #38 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:03

      I think (hope) it will – especially viewed from a distance!

  17. #39 by sew2pro on June 16, 2019 - 00:12

    Happy birthday! What a lovely scene!, enjoy!!
    (and no cow, not even

    • #40 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:03

      Ooh yes, Elmer would look great on a child’s bed or bedroom wall wouldn’t it?

  18. #41 by KerryCan on June 16, 2019 - 12:22

    Happy day, Lynn! Wine and dine and enjoy! I am not a very accurate piecer either and have never even attempted something this finicky. But think how sweet it’ll be when finished!

    • #42 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 09:00

      Thanks Kerry – I definitely took your advice.🍷😎

  19. #43 by Susan on June 17, 2019 - 00:27

    Happy birthday, a day late! I hope you are having a marvelous time! This is going to be a great wall-hanging when you are finished, and you will, but I probably would have cut the squares larger and had a throw quilt. LOL

    • #44 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 08:58

      Thank you! Yes, the option to make a quilt by cutting 2.5 inch squares and adding a couple of rows top and bottom for a throw has started to look more attractive 🙄

  20. #45 by Dartmoor Yarns on June 18, 2019 - 17:16

    Belated Happy Birthday m’dear! Hope you had a fab time.
    12 million 1.5″ squares – didn’t you say you hadn’t got any patience?

  21. #48 by Nanette on June 20, 2019 - 11:07

    Belated birthday wishes, Spain for the weekend? Definitely! Love your sewing machine shaped cow 😅

    • #49 by tialys on June 25, 2019 - 16:55

      Thanks Nanette. Just about to add the last row to put on and, hopefully it will no longer bear any resemblance to a cow.

  22. #50 by Born To Organize on June 27, 2019 - 06:37

    Happy belated birthday! I hope you’re having a fabulous time in Spain. All those tiny squares make my hands twitch. Wow, that’s a lot of work. I’m glad you enjoy the challenge though. That’s what makes it fun.

    • #51 by tialys on June 27, 2019 - 09:30

      It makes your hands itch but it’s made my back and neck ache. Never mind, it’s nearly done.

      We had a lovely long weekend in Spain thank you.

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