ScrapHappy January 2023

The spark for this baby quilt came from a big tub of donated fabrics. There were four Mickey Mouse 6-inch squares, two Dr. Seuss 6-inch squares, and a whole lot of Dr. Seuss fabric that had been cut up into 2-inch squares.  The colors were bright and needed something to ground them.  An ad in an old magazine provided a solution* — put black frames around the showcase fabrics, and fill in around them with scraps.  I was happy to use up scraps that I first used 10 years ago, in my older grandson’s quilt!

Character quilt, laying on our outdoor coffee table. It is actually rectangular.

Close up of the fabrics.

The backing was not quite large enough, but just recently I had seen the tip that to extend fabric in both length and width, you can cut it diagonally and fill in with a strip of cloth.  I did that, and then added another black strip at the bottom.  I quilted with just wavy lines, about 4 inches apart.

Back of the quilt, with the diagonal strip extending the backing fabric.

This was a quick turn-around for me; I started it before Christmas and finished on January 9.

*The quilt that I saw was in the September/October 2014 Fons and Porter quilt magazine, showing Purrsnickitty fabrics by Terri Degenkolb, with a quilt made by Heidi Pridemore.  It had two more borders than I used — an outer scrappy border and one more dark border.

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.  Have you made a resolution to use up your scraps this year?  If so, take a look at the following bloggers and get some ideas.  And then join us!  🙂

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