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Scrap Happy July

July 14, 2021

ta dah! – as promised

the quilt – “Small Blessings”

I like to repeat a colour, pattern or shape  (a hangover from my interior design days)

so – the narrow pale stripe on the border is the backing fabric

not exactly a scrap but it has been in the stash pile for more than 20 years

and there was enough to make the hanging pocket

I wanted to keep the shape of the hexies on the borders

not being a quilter I wasn’t sure how to do that so I appliqued the hexies to the plain fabric borders

the hexie on the label is one I made to test a smaller size (an orphan)

and the label is a pocket

to hold a written history and how the hexie flowers marked the passing of the weeks

during the pandemic

I hope it will be just be a history lesson for my great grandchildren

pockets are a great project for scrap happy people

a comment from Sue at “Going Batty in Wales” started me thinking about the lack of pockets in modern clothing  (it saves money for the manufacturer)

in days of old woman and men wore separate pockets tied around their waste

here is a fantastic collection from British museums

scroll down and click on “pockets at the V&A” for a bonus

a year ago I added this patch to my jeans

a pocket on the knee, the top is a cuff from a favorite shirt, complete with button and buttonhole

it has seen hours of hard work and gardening

I’d love to see more pockets in Scrap Happy August – I’ll have a new one!

I can’t seem to cut and paste the list of Scrap Happy blogs

(is WordPress playing games again??)

I’ll try again later – here it is

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, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose

32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2021 2:18 am

    I love that you’ve included the history within the pocket. Thanks for sharing.


  2. July 16, 2021 12:26 am

    I´m so glad you are following Scrap Happy Day again! Welcome ! Now I´ll have to figure out how to make a pocket on all of my skirts 🙂


    • July 16, 2021 12:31 am

      I reply to myself! Of course I know you been with us for a long while. I saw the name Debbierose and by mistake I thought that was you 🙂 I can only blame the heat we are having this summer and I´m glad you´re posting about scrapy projects/ Gun


      • July 16, 2021 9:15 am

        Gun – we are having unusually high heat too, and terrible wild fires. Together with Covid it is very unsettling. It is always nice to have a new scrappy person and even better when someone returns.

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    • July 16, 2021 9:17 am

      Gun – pockets can be quick and easy or works of art, plain or fancy and they are always useful. Have fun.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. July 15, 2021 5:51 pm

    I adore Hexis, this is lovely quilt. You patchwork jeans are with sashiko is a great idea.


    • July 15, 2021 10:12 pm

      Debbierose – thank you, I’m new to hexies – and quilting. The hexie flowers were made instead of hearts at the start of the pandemic to go in my front window once a week, 60 weeks later when I got my first vaccination I took them down and started stitching them together. The jeans are boro (Japanese for rags) definitely not sashiko which has set patterns and very precise stitching.


  4. July 15, 2021 7:43 am

    Love winnie the pooh on your pocket. Great idea.


    • July 15, 2021 10:23 am

      Cathy – I’ve written about the Pooh scraps before – they come from a dress I made for granddaughter Carrie when she was 3 (now 20).


  5. claire93 permalink
    July 15, 2021 5:00 am

    love the patchwork and how you added a strip of backing fabric to the front!


  6. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 15, 2021 3:41 am

    That is a lovely quilt and I LOVE the idea of writing the story behind it for later generations to read. I remember reading that the nursery rhyme ‘Lucy Locket lost her Pocket’ was written because in the 18th Century when privacy was almost unknown, ordinary women carried all their valuables in a pocket which was a garment in itself, tied around the waist in between layers of petticoat. Very like a bumbag or money pouch we might wear today when travelling.To lose one’s pocket was like losing one’s handbag with everything most precious inside it! I will certainly be thinking more about adding pockets to things.


    • July 15, 2021 10:31 am

      Sue – the history that is written with each pocket in the vads and V&A links is fascinating. Quite a number of them come from court records documenting small thiefs etc. One pocket is now owned by the granddaughter of the original owner who wore it as a child. Endless stories.

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  7. July 15, 2021 1:25 am

    I need to make some ‘portable pockets’ for clothes that don’t have them…. I was just thinking about this the other day, so maybe that’s a future scrap-happy. Now I’m making pretty much all my own clothes all of them have pockets… often bigger than the ones in the pattern and added if the pattern doesn’t include them.


  8. July 15, 2021 12:46 am

    the quilt looks like it’s a wild flower garden, just waiting to be explored. Tara Axford an Australian mixed media artist likes “the pocket idea as well” and recommended this book if you’ve interested “The Pocket: A Hidden History Of Women’s Lives, 1660-1900” by Barbara Burman


    • July 15, 2021 10:38 am

      Catherine – thank you, I’ll look for the book (maybe the library). The collections I gave in the blog links give detailed history/stories with individual pockets, I’ve been reading my way through them.

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      • July 15, 2021 4:19 pm

        ooops I didn’t see the “links” but now as I start to look, see that the author of the page is the same woman who wrote the book….


      • July 15, 2021 10:14 pm

        Catherine – if you click on individual pockets they each have a brief history which she wrote.

        Liked by 1 person

  9. July 14, 2021 7:43 pm

    The quilt is great – such memories and such an accomplishment! Great idea to put its story into an attached pocket (I enjoyed the V&A article about detached pockets – thanks! And your lovely pocket too, can’t wait to see your August pocket!


    • July 14, 2021 8:26 pm

      Kjerstin – thank you, the V&A have an exhibition on until January 2022 “Bags: Inside Out” which includes some of the pockets, wish it was closer. I’ll have to give some thought to the Aug. pocket but the patchwork ones in the collection are calling to me.


  10. July 14, 2021 1:36 pm

    Your wish is my command! See my own ScrapHappy post coming out later, including a *separate pocket* for precisely the reason stated! Love your pockets, love Small Blessings, and this is how quilters attach hexies to flat fabric edges too. Great post 🙂


    • July 14, 2021 1:49 pm

      Kate – oh! goodie. I love pockets, they can be as plain or fancy as you wish – and they’re useful. Can’t wait to see your pocket.


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