Saturday, September 23, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 38

Welcome to Week 38 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week I thought that I might try be focused on getting into the sewing room more often.

Here's how that focus worked...

SUNDAY - I spent the majority of my time last night sulking about not linking up with Cynthia's Quilty Orphan Adoption over on Quilting is more fun than Housework.  I had intended to choose a project (or 2 or 3!) to adopt out to some unsuspecting... er... enthusiastic quilter, but each time I went in the studio, some other task caught my attention.  I even had a blog post partially prepared!  :o((

Today, I was more productive.  My Quilt Bee met for a Charity Sew Day to benefit hurricane victims.  We decided to participate in the MSQC Pillowcase Drive.  Between the five of us, we made 16 cases:

You can read more about our Pillowcase-a-thon in today's Sew Some Love Sunday post.

MONDAY - Knit Group met today and tonight was Quilt Guild. Quilt judging was the topic of the evening's talk.  This shot is for the RSC Quilters reading along:

There's ORANGE in that quilt!!  :o))

TUESDAY - Sew Day at D's house.  I brought my (BIG) bag of tricks, but concentrated on some trimming:

Some cutting... in ORANGE...

... And I'm ready to begin work on my SJS blocks:

 Maybe NEXT week!!

I also worked on finishing up the two pillowcase kits that I brought home after Sunday's Pillowcase-A-Thon:

Mistakes were made, but the recipients will never know.
I switched the accent strips on these two!  :o((

WEDNESDAY - The Asheville Trip (postponed from last week) went well.  The Author and I visited a lovely shop called Friends and Fiberworks:

The purpose of the trip was a Book Signing event for The Author:

You can get your copy of
Malice In Wonderland: A Knitting Game Mystery
at this Amazon LINK or the following links will take you to Ravelry for the shawl pattern
or for a signed copy of the book.

For me, it was a Wine and Cheese Party with a side of knitting... er... yarn buying:

PHOTO CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE!!!  (Shh!  DH is wandering around near where I'm typing!)

THURSDAY - My weekly Quilt Group took a field trip to Pineapple Fabrics.  I didn't NEED to buy more fabric, but...

I was "the winner" by about $5.00, but if I had put that last FQ back, it would nearly have been a 3-way tie!!

FRIDAY - Coffee Club meeting today.  Strange day with only three in attendance, down to two after only a very short time.  That's OK!  Look what a difference a week made on my Wolkig by Martina Behm:

I had some shopping to do in the afternoon, but in the early evening I did something new-to-me and entered The Blogger's Quilt Festival... TWICE!!  You can follow these links to entry one and entry two.

SATURDAY - Oh, PLEASE!!!  Let me just sit and veg on the couch today!!!  Well... AFTER finishing this post and joining Angela's LINK PARTY over on the So Scrappy blog.  :o))

ORANGE is September's Color of the Month and if that's one of your favorite colors (like it is mine!), you are sure to enjoy having a look around all the participating blogs.

I leave you with some ORANGE goodness out in the wild...

... And from my closet:


An unexpected rainbow:

Found at THIS POST at Mary and Patch blog.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival:: Fall 2017 Edition - Entry #2

Welcome back to The Joyful Quilter!!!  (I don't normally release more than one post in a day, but this is a special occasion.)  After YEARS of enjoying Amy's virtual quilt show, I'm entering not one, but TWO of my quilts in the Fall 2017 Edition.

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Think Spring is my 2nd entry:

This quilt was a LONG time in the making!!  You can read more about that HERE.  Suffice it to say that the purple print was the back of DS1's Teacher Quilt from kindergarten and the green was the border for his 3rd grade Teacher Quilt.  For a point of reference... he's a senior in college now!

The quilt was started more than 10 years ago as a Mystery by one of my bee mates.  It's amazing what can be done with a traditional block and a planned arrangement!!  (The color choices were pulled from my scraps.)  Thanks for a GREAT design, Tif, pictured below at Quilt Camp:

... And thanks to Cath of High Country Quilts for offering the Mountain Quilt Camp, BYO Project Edition:

Without those two, Think Spring would more than likely STILL be sitting in pieces in the basket shown on the table below:

I have to say, it would have been MUCH easier to assemble, if that basket contained ALL of the clues for putting the quilt together!! 

The end result, after 3 days of sewing, is not too bad for starting Quilt Camp with only a basket of HSTs and the first 2 steps of instructions:

With a bit of (necessary) rearranging after camp and quilting...

... And binding...

... The quilt was finished:

Check out the other entries over at the Blogger's Quilt Festival:: Fall 2017 Edition Link-up:

Until next time...
Quilting makes me SEW happy!!!

Blogger's Quilt Festival:: Fall 2017 Edition

Welcome to The Joyful Quilter!!  I just got a wild hair and decided to do something different (for me.)  While enjoying some of the entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival:: 2017 Edition over on Amy's Creative Side, I decided to join in the fun by going out on a limb and writing up a post.

HERE is my scrappy entry, Rainbow Strings:

This quilt started out as a project for the 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at the So Scrappy blog.  It continued during RSC16 and was completed in June of 2017.

You can read more about the making of Rainbow Strings in THIS POST and the finishing in THIS POST, but I thought I might add a few tidbits here...

I thought that I might continue to make String blocks for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but suddenly ran out of steam:

In the future, I will remove the paper once the rows are complete:

Removing paper from a completed quilt top is NO FUN:

Quilting on my APQS Millennium is TONS of FUN:

Using my Circle Lord giant template boards from Loricle makes quilting MUCH less stressful (once squishy shelf liner is in place):

Matching binding colors around the edge of the quilt is not quite as easy as one might think, but perfection is overrated:

While the quilt started out to be for me...

... My knitting mentor fell in love with Rainbow Strings:

Check out the other entries over at the Blogger's Quilt Festival:: Fall 2017 Edition Link-up:

Until next time...
Friends don't leave friends quiltless!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sew Some Love Sunday - Pillowcase Edition

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  Yes. I realize that it's been a while.  Sorry about that, but I sort of fell out of the habit.  Focus has been on a variety of other projects.

Anyway, I'm here now.

Why now, Joyful???

Well, my Quilt Bee held a Pillowcase-a-thon today.  I thought you might like the highlights.

Candy sent along some donation fabric to be paired up:

People also brought fabric from home.  Here are my contributions:

Gayle showed us the method she learned from Missouri Star:

Here I am getting ready to begin:

Sewing my first pillowcase of the day:

Ta da...

Oops!!  Mistakes were made:

Let's try that again!  Longer this time:

Maybe?!  Maybe NOT:

The magic of the tube:

Ahh!!  That's better, Joyful:

Oh!  Fraternal twins:

Only THREE kits remained at the end of the day:

These came in the mail (or were dropped off) to add to our MSQC Pillowcase Drive collection:

Our productive quilters made these today:

Here's the tally:

16 made today
6 dropped off
2 mailed
3 kits remaining

For a total of 28 pillowcases (and counting!!)

THIS is what they look like all stacked up:

Linking up with Kat

Until next time...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 37

Welcome to Week 37 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Where did this week go?!?!  I started with a grand plan on Sunday and all of a sudden...

WHOOSH!!!  The week was gone and the weekend was upon us. Here is the play by play...

SUNDAY - I thought about quilting and caught up on all of my quilty blog friends.  That's where the quilting ended.  :o((

MONDAY - Knit Group met.  I started the first repeat of the Horseshoe lace pattern of my Traveling Woman Shawl.  I didn't get very far before it was time for me to head back to Hillsborough.

Why, Joyful???

Today was my first meeting of Lunch Bunch.  I've been unavailable to join in this sorority function in the past and was pleased that my schedule (and the weather) cooperated for the Montrose Garden Tour.  Read more about it on Wednesday's entry, but here's a peek:

TUESDAY - I don't recall WHAT was on the agenda.  (Now, you know why I normally write an entry per day!)

Oh, wait!!  I remember.  I had a hair appointment and relaxed at the coffee shop for a little while afterwards.  (No need to spoil a day out by rushing right home.)  LOL!

WEDNESDAY - I posted my Wonderful Wednesday post.  YOU can read it HERE.  That evening, I did another batch of "Crumb Starters."  I'm not quite sure why I'm building MORE Crumb Blocks, but for some reason, it seemed like a good way to clean up my sewing table:

For all of you RSCQuilters, please note there's ORANGE in there!!

While blog hopping in the afternoon, I saw a new knitting pattern that would be great for group knitting events.  Wolkig by Martina Behm.  I started hand-winding the yarn while talking with DS1 on the phone...

 and finished it while catching up with Knittingsuek:

It's a lovely shade of rusty ORANGE called Sweet Tea from The Copper Corgi that has been in my stash since SAFF 2015.

THURSDAY - Quilty alert!!  I attended my weekly Quilt Group...

... And then remembered I hadn't been to Greensboro to pick up my winning raffle basket from the Piedmont Quilters Guild Show which was a couple of weeks ago.  Sew...  Off I went:

Thank you, Piedmont Quilters Guild!!  Now I'm ready for Autumn.


A bit of ORANGE fabric came home with me.  A half yard cut on the bottom of the stack and two FQs which were on SALE:

FRIDAY - It was late when I finally remembered that I had yet to begin this week's post. Can you believe it?!?!

Found an error in BOTH of my current knitting projects!  That's what happens when I neglect it for the love of quilting.  Today was Friday Knitting, so Threebagsfulled was able to help me with each of my mistakes and now I'm back on track.  Thanks, Hilary!!

ORANGE nails for a mid-month refresh:

SEW... perhaps you think I'm a bit confused???

No!  I had broken  several nails and decided on a transitional color combination.  Hot/neon PINK with an accent nail sporting two shades of ORANGE polka dots:


SATURDAY - Hooray!!  It's a quilty day!!  Angela hosts her weekly LINK PARTY for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Go check it out, if you have a moment.  Especially if you like ORANGE!!!

I was triple booked today, but helping out a friend moved to the top of the list.  That left the morning to finish up this post and join in the RSC fun.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!