Sunday, September 15, 2019

Scrap Happy in September

Regular readers will be aware that I have supported Covered in Love in the past with contributions to block drives and even a quilt or two. I meant to contribute to the summer block drive of stars but it didn't happen. Thus it makes me very happy to have made four blocks for the current drive, a split 9 Patch design that utilizes scrap patches.

I made these in two sets of two on separate days. I have to tell you, it doesn't do me any good to try to sew after about 5 p.m. most days. I must have made the final block two times over one evening because I kept turning the half-square triangle patch the wrong way or sewed the wrong patch in the wrong place. It looks like such a simple block but there are SO many ways to screw it up! Still, it was a fun way (most of the time) to put my scraps to good use. Because that's what Scrap Happy Day is all about you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I finally put the bindings on two very scrappy quilts I built earlier in the year too. I called this first one Syncopated Strings. It was inspired by Sarah's scrap busting efforts over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

75.5" high x 58.5" wide
Just random strips of varying widths but all 8.5" long to make the columns. I didn't buy the border or binding fabric for this one, they were already in my stash, but I did purchase yardage for the back.

Confetti used up old yardage from my stash for the back as well as the front. It began as a Disappearing 9 Patch made entirely out of scrap patches. I had fun fussy cutting old prints to feature in the corners of the original 9 patch blocks.

Here's the end product:
70" high x 57" wide

And here's a portion of the back:

That white corner is a patch I add with the binding for labelling the quilt.

Scrap Happy Day is hosted by Kate and Gun on the 15th of each month. To see what they've been working on and what others have done just click on the links below. ๐Ÿ˜‹

KateGun, TittiHelรฉneEva, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.


  1. So colourful! It's great to use scraps for quilts as nature intended ๐Ÿ˜‰ however I do find it much more labour intensive and, therefore, don't often do it. I know, I'm lazy.
    I'm actually considering doing something similar to your 'syncopated strings' - only using wider strips, to go round my circular panels quilt. I'm thinking blocks might complicate matters and overpower the centre. We'll see.

  2. I can well believe that block took several tries if you were tired or unwell. Days when my back is bad, I have to put work down firmly and walk away, no matter how much I want to get it done. But you've achieved great things here – I must say, my favourite bit is the fabric with the image of the turkey and the caption 'Serve with whipped cream'!

  3. the back is just as much fun as the front ^^

  4. This might sound odd, but I mean it. Thanks so much for telling us of the problems yo had with the first block, it makes me feel a whole lot better as a newbie quilter with the trouble I had with my first solo binding. Having said that your block is very impressive and I really like both the scrappy quilts.

  5. All bright and beautiful!
    I especially love those fussy-cut confetti squares!

  6. Oh I love how those four blocks come together - very cool! Must try that one day :) xx


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