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Scrap Happy May

May 14, 2021

the idea came at the last minute

when posting a short explanation of how I make the scrappy hexies

an example and photos were needed


because of all the overlapping fabric in seams they are thick enough to protect a surface

although a little hard on the fingers when stitching

the sample one is at the top

my first idea was to finish the back with felt

but that wouldn’t do for scrap happy

so I used the fabric from the outside strip of the hexie and then stitched around the outside

it was fun to play with colours

 inspired by all the garden blooms

irises are a favorite, frequently used in Japanese design

Mt. Saint Helen’s azalea is an explosion of colour

rhododendrons are splendid this year

they’ll make nice gifts

to visit other happy scrappers click on the links below

Kate Gun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean (me), Jon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, NancyDawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, Preeti and Edith

28 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2021 2:53 am

    This is a great idea!


  2. May 15, 2021 11:50 pm

    These are lovely and a house can never have enough coasters so are always appreciated.


    • May 16, 2021 11:27 am

      Lynn – personally, I’m not a big user of coasters but I know people like them and they would make good gifts.


  3. May 15, 2021 7:41 am

    Coasters – lovely! And your St Helen’s Azalea is blooming just in time for the 41st anniversary! What a lovely lava-coloured bloom…and I love the irises too. Such a colourful inspiring blog – thanks!


    • May 15, 2021 10:31 am

      Kjerstin – we lived on Salt Spring Is. when the mountain blew up – there was ash on the island. Aren’t the gardens lovely now?


  4. May 15, 2021 5:41 am

    Clever use of scraps. I really like these…. Thinks Christmas gifts.


  5. May 15, 2021 4:31 am

    I love these – such a pretty and useful use of scraps


  6. May 15, 2021 2:57 am

    Those are brilliant! And the idea of turning them into coasters is perfect. As you say a lovely small gift.


  7. May 15, 2021 1:23 am

    brilliant use, and I really, really love this method of quilting (to look at, obvs coz I don’t do sewing!!)


    • May 15, 2021 10:41 am

      Dawn – I have used this technique to work with handwoven scraps and also handmade paper. Would it be possible to overlay silver scraps?

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      • May 16, 2021 12:33 am

        you KNOW I’ve been thinking about doing that ever since you showed them to us! Texturing offcuts and then soldering them together. There are lots of limitations….but you know what? I might give it a go for next month 🙂


      • May 16, 2021 11:25 am

        Dawn – after I wrote that I thought it was very impertinent! I apologize. I have worn a piece by a local jeweller for more than 40 years, it is an overlapping of scraps and I love it, almost like a worry stone as I rub it between my fingers. Good luck with your attempts, if the energy is there I’m sure you will make something beautiful.

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      • May 16, 2021 11:33 am

        It most definitely was not impertinent, it was lovely of you to point it out… I’ll share how I get on. This month’s ring challenge is ‘childhood memories’ and texturing and piecing together scraps is perfect thank you for the idea


      • May 16, 2021 11:52 am

        Dawn – for years I have worn and enjoyed locally made silver. It is through your detailed photos and explanations that I have come to appreciate the work even more. Thank you.

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  8. claire93 permalink
    May 15, 2021 12:29 am

    I do love a fabric coaster and these are very original


    • May 15, 2021 10:44 am

      Claire – weavers call coasters “mug rugs” but I was never interested in weaving any, this just seemed like a fun way to explore colour and use materials that I had on hand..

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  9. May 14, 2021 4:26 pm

    They’re quite lovely, and clever, and look amazingly complicated (although your earlier explanation shows they really aren’t). A perfect ScrapHappy offering!


    • May 14, 2021 4:38 pm

      Kate – thank you, they just take time but aren’t difficult. the coasters are bigger than the originals and you could just keep going and make a cushion top – but you’d need larger amounts of fabric.


      • May 14, 2021 8:10 pm

        And I imagine the end result might be quite firm in texture.


      • May 15, 2021 10:46 am

        Kate – all the seams, mostly on the bias, makes the piece very flexible.


      • May 15, 2021 2:08 pm

        Yes, I guess that makes sense… I was thinking mainly of the sheer volume of fabric!


      • May 15, 2021 4:16 pm

        Kate – as I work from the center out I trim each seam all. so that the layers don’t build up to the point that I can’t get a needle through them ( I know you understand that!) This reduces the amount of seam weight on the back but does produce more scraps – too tiny to use for anything (thank goodness).

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