ScrapHappy Adjacent, December 2022

These items are not made totally from scraps, but they could be!  And in case you still need ideas for the up-coming holidays, I wanted to share them.

Three years ago, I saw this video from Shabby Fabrics for a project called Tree Farm, and I immediately wanted to make it for my neighbors — we all live surrounded by pine trees.  I started gathering scraps in colorways that would match their decorating schemes, but I ran out of time that year.

This year, I had the time.  First, for my neighbor with a very traditional color palette in her house, I made one very similar to the one in the video, except with 2 red trees instead of one.  This one is made mostly from scraps and donated fabrics.

Table runner, Tree Farm pattern from Moda and Shabby Fabrics.

I really liked the way it turned out, but I wondered what it would look like to simplify the block, with just one strip of color at each level, instead of splitting each row into two fabrics as in the original pattern, and with using fewer rows. (I wanted to speed things up to make little door decorations for people at my parents’ retirement home.)

Simplified block. I plan to embellish this with buttons and beads.

Then I wondered if I could use long rows of scraps, as in the quilt top I started back in March. The blue trees are made of all scraps, but the white background is all new material.

Detail of the blue runner.

And I made another, in cream and black.  This one is a mix of scraps and new material.

Black and cream runner.

Here are all three:

Three versions of the runner.

I like the way the white trees look against the dark backgrounds too.

Light tree silhouettes against colorful skies.

I am very glad to have these finished.  The best part is that I have been collecting scraps for them for three years!  And now I know which fabrics were not needed, and can find their way into other projects.

ScrapHappy Day is the 15th of each month, when various artists and craftspeople celebrate scraps. It is hosted by Kate and Gun, the first two names listed below. It looks like all these scrapsters have been busy with holiday projects, so take a look at what they have come up with!  🙂

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