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I’ve got something to tell you.
Make it quick Short Stuff I need my sleep.
Well, today is the 15th of June so not only is it Scraphappy Day – hence the basket of felt scraps –
but it’s also The Servant’s birthday.
She’s how old? I don’t believe you.
It’s true, she remembers The Clangers * and she was even a bit too old for them then.
I’ve got her this flower. What have you got her?
Let me think…..
Hmmm. I’ve given her plenty of mice before but she doesn’t seem to like them. She looks cross and calls me disgusting so I think you’re off the hook.
I’ll have to think of something else. Maybe a lizard.
What are you doing done up like a
cat’s dog’s dinner anyway?
She made me this little waistcoat out of scrap felt.
It even has a little vent to accommodate my tail.
I think the embroidery and the gold button from the vintage button jar make me look as if I’m wearing a Mayoral chain of office.
My whiskers are made from real horse hair taken from The Servant’s friend’s horse – does that count as scrap?
I’ve no idea, now shift over and let me get some shut eye, I think The Servant has spun this tale of a very small scrap project out for long enough now.
* For my non-British readers. The Clangers (1969-1974) was a series that chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the Clangers, a flutey-voiced family of woolen, knitted aliens living below the surface of a knobbly little planet far out in space. Their misadventures brought them into contact with such unlikely creatures as the Soup Dragon, the Froglets, the Iron Chicken and the Glow Buzzers. (IMDb)
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.
Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin
Again, my Scraphappy project this month comes out of looking for ideas for my sewing sessions on a Wednesday afternoon with my friend, Sandra. Having finished our coats (well, I have) I wanted something a bit less ‘major’ to do round at her house – lugging coat fabric, lining, my machine and all the other coat making paraphernalia round to her’s was a bit of a nightmare – so I bought a pattern I’d had my eye on for some time.
Patchwork Pottery’s teacup (or coffee/hot chocolate mugs) pattern.
When I’ve made make up and wash bags in the past I’ve generally used some linen/canvas type fabric for the outer and kept all the scraps as it tends to be a bit more expensive than cottons.
I thought they’d be perfect for this pattern not least because one of the fabrics actually has cups on it.
Of course, the teacup is my favourite.
But I made a coffee mug too.
The teacup is just the right size for bits and pieces for sewing – or even to keep tea bags in when travelling. A pair of reading glasses even fits inside.
The coffee cup is large enough for a pair of sunglasses or even a crochet hook and some yarn for a small project.
Apart from wool, fabric is my scrap of choice (in other words I have loads of it) but I know Kate welcomes all scrap projects. She reminded me recently, when blogging about her kitchen renovations and having shelves made from the same wood as her worktops, that Mr. Tialys had made a knife rack out of an offcut of our wooden worktops and a magnetic strip so, for the sake of variety, here it is.
If you want to turn scraps into something useful – doesn’t have to be fabric and doesn’t have to be every month – pop over to Kate’s blog and let her know. Have a look at what everybody else has been getting up to this month. – here’s a list of people who often participate if you want some inspiration.
Kate , Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki and Pauline
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.
Confused? Join the club.
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.
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,Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon