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.
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.)
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.
And I made another, in cream and black. This one is a mix of scraps and new material.
Here are all three:
I like the way the white trees look against the dark backgrounds too.
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, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Claire,Jan, Moira,Sandra, Chris, Alys, Jule,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon,Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen (me!),Bekki,Sue L,Sunny,Kjerstin,
Vera,Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2,Noreen,
Bear,Preeti, Edith, and Viv
How cute! Isn’t it great to finish up those projects we’ve been saving for? On to the next!
Thanks, Wendy. I am always in awe of how many projects you finish, and how many deadlines you have!
that looks like a lot of work but they are really pretty. It is always nice to finish a project that has been in the works for awhile.
Yes, whenever I finish, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. 🙂 I started as a weaver so I was used to finishing, so I could put a new warp on the loom, but with quilting it is too easy to set projects aside.
I think I like your simplified version better than the original! Well done to get so many completed! Merry Christmas!
Thanks, I think it is a very easy block to adapt! It would be fun to have a row of presents under the tree, or stars in the dark sky… Merry Christmas to you too!
I LOVE these! Will send them to friends. so simple but so effective!
Thanks, Susan, I love that design too. Very crisp and clean and a big change from my usual haphazard melange of scraps. 🙂
Wow, that is one long-running project! I love the trees–didn’t even see the white ones until you showed the upside-down picture. Nice!
Yes, you should know that I drag lots of projects out. While I was looking for that one perfect piece of cream colored fabric that I knew I had somewhere, I found Plaid-ish! Remember that? How long ago was that? Still in pieces! 🙂
Plaidish was one of those that’s harder than it looks
I was “zipping” along on it but I think someone came to stay and I had to remove it from the “design bed” and it went into a box. Someday I will get back to it!
I think I like the inverted blue one best of the upside down ones, as the ‘sky’ looks as if it’s filled with stars – perfect for Christmas.
Thanks, Kate! I noticed that too, and I really liked that effect. Those stars happened by accident, but if I ever make another, I will follow up on that idea and plan for more stars in the background.
I really like your green simplified block. It is very elegant.
Thank you! It was fun to choose the fabrics for it!
I love how you see the color trees, but then your eyes find the hidden white trees! Lovely use of scraps!
Thank you! I am so happy that I saw that video on YouTube, because I really like that aspect of the pattern too. They said it was meant so that whichever side of the table you sat on, you had something to look at. 🙂
Definitely the blue one is really effective upside down. Just put a few ornaments on the white tips and no one will know that wasn’t your original intent.
I did think about adding stars at the tops, especially on any trees whose points did not come out perfectly, but it is a table runner, so it is probably best if it is flat so things set on it stay stable. But if I ever make it for a wall hanging, I will definitely do that.
These are so cute and festive!
I love the blue trees! They look great! God Jul och Gott Nytt År!
I like them all, but the blue one particularly. I think the door decorations sound like a wonderful good work to do for others. Thanks for the idea.
Oooooh I love the tree farm table runners, I want to make one too! Thanks for sharing the video 🙂