Scrap Happy: Portable Ironing Board

Minor annoyance here: the ironing board is permanently fixed to the hallway wall and I’m ‘le tired‘ of having to walk back and forth between the hallway and the sewing or cutting table. So, I decided to make a small portable ironing board. I’ve seen many tutorials on constructing one and materials have included using a TV tray table, old towels or Insul-Bright insulated batting for padding, foil to increase heat (is this even safe?), and so on…

I had scrap plywood from an earlier school green room project and left over batting and fabric scraps. Scrap Happy Heaven, twofold! 😀 The tutorial I liked the best (and had the supplies for) is posted by Sarah Lipoff for Popsugar. Materials called for:

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Scrap Happy May Camp Quilt Block

My quilt guild’s May lottery is the Scrappy Camp Quilt block. Perfect for a Scrap Happy project! The finished block is supposed to be 18.5″/47 cm square and my block finished up at 20″/5 cm. Of course it did. 🙂 I put together another block – just to be sure I was following the instructions correctly – and got the same results. I really like this block so I hope that the other participant’s blocks measure up like mine.

The block begins with a 6″/15 cm center square. Two 2″/5 cm same fabric strips are added to opposite sides of the center square; followed by a different set of two same fabric strips added to the other edges. (Kind of an updated Log Cabin block). After four rows of strips have been added to the edges of the center square, the block is then cut into fourths.

Two center strips are added (in a “plus” design) to put it all back together. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Well, I’ve yet to win a block lottery. But I am gaining new skills and learning new blocks. So a win-win, I think. 😀

Have a good week! — Joanne

Scrap Happy April Envelop Blocks

This April, the quilt guild I belong to is celebrating its 7th anniversary. I don’t always take part in the monthly block lottery (this month is a 6.5″ envelop block). But being that it will be a festive meeting and that I have many, many, many fabric scraps 😀 I decided to participate. I made two to double my gambling chances!

Alison Glass, Kaffe Fasset, Kona, Riley Blake . . . I save the tiniest scraps. Perfect sized scraps for this block’s measurements and a Scrap Happy project. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun.  Maybe I will win the lottery and get to sew a really nice quilt made from guild member blocks.

Wish me luck! – – Joanne

Scrap Happy: March Mug Rug

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One of my daughter’s and I packed the wheelchair, her Nana/my Mom aka Joan 😀 and took a train to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. This weekend trip was specifically planned to fit Joan’s schedule and mobility. We visited the National Zoo, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We all had a blast. Especially, when a luncheon waiter asked, “Is Diet Pepsi okay?” Welllll . . .  you know how we answered . . .  *snicker*.

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Scrap Happy: Upcycled Bottle Sling

A guild member had dozens of insulated metallic cold shipping pouches left over from the holidays and put forth an upcycle challenge.  Ha! I could do this! I found the 15-Minute Water Bottle Sling pouch pattern. It looked easy, quick, simple and would do nicely as a Scrap Happy project. The insulated shipping pouch would make the perfect liner. How smug I was.

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Scrap Happy Scrap Purging

This blew my mind: According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015, 10.5 million tons of textile waste (mostly discarded clothes) ended up in U.S. landfills. While I know it is a drop in the bucket; in a teensy way I am doing my part for recycling and reusing textiles. 

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