Scrap Happy Comfy Cocoa Quilt III

The sunshine and water beckons – I can’t refuse. So, I’ve made just a little progress on the Comfy Cocoa Quilt. Some of my blocks haven’t squared up nicely, so I must be more observant when sewing and trimming. This QAYG process is actually easier than I thought. Thank you to all for the tips and suggestions!

I need to add the backing to more than half the blocks. Twelve blocks will make a comfy TV binge-worthy quilt. I’ll have a few blocks left over. Not sure if I’ll add them to make a larger quilt, use them as part of the backing, or stow them away for another project.

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the Scrap Happy projects by others:

KateGun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

Have a good week and stay well! โ€” Joanne

Scrap Happy Face Covers

So, how are you doing? I hope you are well and hanging in there. I hope you have a fair share of food, drink, and paper products. I hope you are getting enough exercise, fresh air, and emotional support. But mostly, I hope this cray-cray time ends as quickly as possible. Weeks into this mess, I now realize the need to step outside for little breaks to rejuvenate. I read somewhere that when “…planning for distance learning, teachers need to cut their plans in half; then in half again.” Thankfully, I have a great Admin who understands and promotes this.

I decided to QAYG (first timer) my Scrap Happy quilt. So far I’ve sewn twelve 18″ (45cm) blocks. I’ve made a few mistakes and I wish I used a softer color backing; but, it’s all good. However, this project is side-lined as I construct face covers.

I am making face covers for my at risk family members. Something is better than nothing, right? My nieces requested “kitties.” My sister asked if she should order fabric and I replied, “Nooo! Scraps I have!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I used a never-worn T-shirt as “elastic.” I had to laugh when my mom asked, “Isn’t that the shirt I gave you?” Why, yes it is. ๐Ÿ˜€

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have create for Scrap Happy:

KateGun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

Have a good week and stay well! โ€” Joanne

Scrap Happy Comfy Cocoa Quilt

A while back, I gathered and cut fabric scraps into usable squares and rectangles. My goal is to start using up these scraps. I’ve started on a “scrap happy” TV-binge-worthy, comfy, cold night for cocoa scrap quilt using 5″ square scraps. I haven’t gotten very far; but am enjoying working with the fabric and color choices.

I’ve got to get crack-a-lackin’ if I want to use it this winter, LOL! Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have created.

Have a good week! — Joanne

Challenge Quilt Swap – Meh

The challenge was to sew nine identical 12″ blocks from one yard of the challenge fabric. Quilters were allowed to use any design and any coordinating fabrics to create the blocks. Each participant would keep one and give away eight blocks, resulting in a quilt made of nine different blocks. The resulting quilt tops were displayed at our guild’s annual retreat.

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While I appreciate the work and thought process behind this challenge, I wasn’t overly excited by the product – mine included. Besides uninterrupted sewing bliss that this retreat afforded us; there were plenty of coolers with libations, snacks, meals, banter, and my favorite: door prizes! Why is it so exciting to win a prize? I received a fat quarter bundle and I don’t even want to open the packet; let alone cut into it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wasn’t sure I wanted to pay the retreat fee, but I am glad I did. I learned new techniques and got to play with the newest gizmos. And the quilts! So many to share, but here are just a few of my favorites. 

(clockwise) a very detailed Village, Alison Glass pattern, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab, Tula Pink Sugar Skull

Well, It’s back to reality. Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy Roundabout 3

Pulled out my Scrap Happy WIP ‘Roundabout.’ Made with 1-3″ wide scrappy strips and a fuchsia background fabric. Not sure – the background may disqualify this project. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I must say, all those seams are rather bumpy. Hope it doesn’t interfere with the quilting part.

A lot of thunder and heat lightening yesterday. Worried about a power failure and my aging desktop. . . My ScrapHappy is a day late. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Quilted Seat Cover

Upon close examination it appears to be a vintage manufactured quilt in major disrepair. I liked it enough to purchase it for $15 (USD). This unusable quilt sat folded in the cupboard for a few years. As a matter of fact it was sooo unusable, that I decided to repair the tears with zigzag stitches and cut it up to repurpose it as a chair cover.

I cut out the traced seat shape, adding four inches for turn under, and marking where the armrest and seat back bars were located. Then, I added a wide binding/casing for a drawstring.

I slipped a drawstring through the new casing, looping under the arm and back seat bars and pulled tight. I had enough left over to sew up a back rest pillow.

The drawstring makes the cover quite snug. Now what to do with the rest of this “unusable” quilt? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a good week! — Joanne