Scrap Happy January

I mentioned in my previous post that a number of patchwork cushion covers were disintegrating and I wanted to replace them. When I thought about it I realised that I had made them when we were living in North Devon so that must have been the early 80’s. Most of the fabric I used was part of a large bale I bought when my daughter was a baby (she will be 45 in a couple of months!) which was ends, offcuts, pieces that had torn or been roughly joined during processing and printed peieces which had got folded going through the printing rollers so had white streaks down them. It was all very cheap because only someone happy to cut out and use the good bits would be able to make use of it. In those days patchwork was unfashionable and I had never heard of a fat quarter so I think the firm was just happy to get rid of it all.

Having done quite a bit of knitting recently I decided to have a change and do some patchwork instead and since it was for the evenings in front of the fire I opted for hand stitched hexagons. Looking for my templates which proved to be hidden in plain sight (memo to self – tidy the studio and stop wasting time hunting for things) I found this collection of hexies already cut and basted. The yellow broiderie anglais one bottom right is an offcut from the dresses my bridesmaids wore when I got married in 1971! The plaid is from an old work shirt and the plains were pieces of sheeting I picked up as remnants aeons ago.


In the same basket I found this piece which used to be on a cushion cover. Presumably the backing got stained or damaged and I salvaged the applique.


I have started to stitch some of the pieces together. The central printed blue is from that original bale – only a few small bits remain but it has done me proud. I never thought when I bought it that it would last me this long!


For some reason copying and pasting the links to the other happy scrappers isn’t working but you can find them all by going to Kate’s post They are all well worth a visit!

19 thoughts on “Scrap Happy January

  1. katechiconi January 15, 2020 / 12:24 pm

    You have some truly vintage scraps there, and I’m so happy to see them brought out and used. Would you like me to email you a Word document with the hyperlinks for everyone in it? A few others have had trouble copying and pasting, and this solution has worked for them.


  2. The Snail of Happiness January 15, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    I look forward to seeing them – next time I visit perhaps.I too have scraps of fabric left over from buying misprinted pieces back in the 1980s – obviously it was a thing then. Ours came, generally, from local mills… one of the joys of living in Yorkshire at the time was the abundance of mills still selling wool and fabric.


  3. tialys January 15, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    Lots of truly vintage scraps here and some must have brought back memories.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 16, 2020 / 11:25 am

      They did indeed! What is really scary is how many tiomes I have moved house – they are very well travelled!


  4. Laurie Graves January 15, 2020 / 2:33 pm

    I love how the scraps all have provenance, a history, which you will remember every time you look at your finished work. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.


    • Going Batty in Wales January 16, 2020 / 11:28 am

      I will try to remember to post a picture of them when I finish them. Part of what I love about using scraps is that they hold memories. My home would never feature in one of those glossy interiors magazines but almost everything in it has a story attached.

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      • Laurie Graves January 16, 2020 / 2:31 pm

        Sounds cozy to me, and to my way of thinking, cozy is best.


  5. tidalscribe January 15, 2020 / 9:29 pm

    At Jane Austen’s house in Chawton Hampshire you can see the patchwork coverlet she and the other ladies of the household made.
    We did learn hexagonal patchwork at primary teachers’ college and made a small sample – I imagined my older self making a whole quilt, but that has never happened!


    • Going Batty in Wales January 16, 2020 / 11:32 am

      There used to be a place in Lampeter where they mounted an exhibition of Old Welsh Quilts every year – all hand made. They were so beautiful. I did once, many years ago, make a large piece (out of quite big hexagons I hasten to add) but I used it and washed it repeatedly and eventually some of the patches disintegrated. I doubt if I will ever make a big piece by hand again. Cushion covers are fine!

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  6. anne54 January 15, 2020 / 9:46 pm

    And making the cushions will be something you can satisfyingly cross off you To Do List! Bonus to a scrappy project.


  7. teamwilsun January 17, 2020 / 4:38 am

    I love pieced hexagons — even if I don’t have the patience to do them myself. How marvelous to have such a collection of scraps that you can look at for the memories. These will be lovely!


    • Going Batty in Wales January 17, 2020 / 10:57 am

      I only do hand sewing, knitting and crochet when I am sitting by the fire in the evenings and lisyening to podcasts. I will post pictures of the finished cushions but you are quite right, piecing hexagons is slow work, so it may take some time! Some of my scraps are bits or old clothes that I have been given – when people know you can recycle fabric they tend to give you nice pieces – but even yhose remind me of the giver,


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