Monday, May 10, 2021

Mail Call Monday - Sew Preeti Style

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday!!  It's been a while since I've gotten any mail to report and suddenly I have TWO posts in a row.  Yesterday's post was one thing and today's is another.

Here's the story...

My friend Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts called to bounce an idea off me.  She had recently completed a quilt and had a thought.  The idea of hosting a Positivity QAL this summer hit her and she wondered if she had just lost her mind.  I assured her that it was a great idea!

Fast forward to the BIG reveal...

Preeti posted photos of  The Positivity Quilt, told about her hair brained scheme, and invited her readers to participate.  The quilts made would be going to Bernie @ Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics for her Mercyful Quilts program.  I told Preeti that I would be happy to participate, if I could make it fit into my quilting schedule.  I've contributed (to Mercyful Quilts) as part of the annual Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict and would happily donate, again.  (There's still time for YOU to chose one of this year's participating charities to support with a quilt, too!)

In her program reveal post, Preeti asked if any pattern writers or
shop owner would consider offering a prize.  I left the following comment:

Such a beautiful quilt, Preeti!! I have marked my calendar with the dates. I would be pleased to offer a prize for the QAL (even though I'm not a pattern designer nor a fabric shop owner!) Drop me an email or a phone call to discuss.

Preeti replied with this email...

Thank you Joy. I'd love for you to play along. And I am very curious about the prize you have to offer.

... And followed up with a phone call a few days later.  We discussed what I had in mind and for the first time since I've know her, Preeti was at a loss for words.


I'm amazed that I was able to (momentarily) render you speechless, Preeti.  :o))

To recap this afternoon's conversation, the winner of my prize for your Positivity QAL would...

Content hidden so as not to spoil the surprise.

Thanks for allowing me to help in this way!
Joy @
The Joyful Quilter on Blogger

This package came as a bit of a surprise:

Here is a portion of the note she sent:

You see, I had surprised her and she wanted to return the favor.  That bit about "shutting me up" was in her priceless reaction to my prize offering.  I'll let her tell you about that later, though.

I recall Preeti's mention of fabrics that she couldn't use, because of her Island Batik Ambassadorship, but take a look at what she sent...

These bluey-greeny beauties:

... Along with these pinky-purpley pretties:

TWELVE gorgeous batik fat quarters?!?!

Thank you, Preeti!!  I appreciate your generous gift.  I'm SEW hoping these will work for my version of your Positivity QAL quilt.

Let this be a reminder...

Good things can happen when you give from the heart!  I hope YOU will consider joining Preeti's Mercyful Positivity QAL.  Rumor has it she's got some amazing prizes.  (wink, wink)

Until next time...
SEW (seeds of) Positivity!!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sew Some Love Sunday - LWR {and More} - The Arrival of JCJ Community Quilts

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  I thought you might like to see what arrived in the mail this week.

Are you sitting down???

If not, you might want to, because have I got a surprise for you!!

Quilt tops.

Not just any quilt tops.  Quilt tops from the Community Quilts program sent along by Jo @ Jo's Country Junction:

Jo sent the following quilts for the Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Drive.  Unfortunately, some don't meet the qualifications of inclusion.  Specifics for contributions were shared in THIS POST.  Fortunately, Jo is happy for the quilt tops to be donated to any other charitable causes.  Those are destined to become quilts for this year's Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Drive hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Today is the 2nd check-in.  I will sort the quilt tops soon, but for now...

Would you like a better look at them???

I thought you might.  :o))

Quilt top Number ONE is made from scrappy Bow Tie blocks:

Quilt top TWO came compliments of Barb in Denver:

Quilt top THREE came with borders and binding:

Number FOUR seems to be one of a collection of String quilts:

Quilt top FIVE was another of the same setting:

Quilt top SIX seemed to be from the same collection, but used a different setting:

Quilt top SEVEN was this sweet pink scrap quilt:

Sending out a BIG shout out to Jo for offering these quilt tops from her generous readers for finishing.  Some of them need a little enhancement to bring them up to size, but I'm hoping that Maggie will be up to the task.  Thank you, Jo, for passing these along, as this project wouldn't even exist without you!!

If you aren't sure what I'm talking about...

Check out the opening post HERE.  All subsequent posts in the series can be found at the Donations tab in header at the top of the blog.

Until next time...
Send some LOVE!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 19

Welcome to Week 19 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week, my efforts were focused on sorting through this overflowing Quilted Scrap Basket and making some headway on my RED projects:

SUNDAY - This morning, I released a new Sew Some Love Sunday post and then...

I entertained myself with the following transition project for the RSC, as we move from April's light/bright blue to May's RED:

MONDAY - I was busy sewing binding on a quilt for Lutheran World Relief:

More about that in an upcoming LWR post.

Suffice it to say, when I finished stitching the binding down...

... The RED squirrels took over my sewing room:

TUESDAY - Those squirrels from yesterday wouldn't leave me alone until the scrap basket was empty.  Just kidding!  They just wanted to play with the pre-pieced bit they found and once it grew to mug rug size, they let me go about my business:

Today, that means a trip to the post office and a visit to my dentist for a cleaning.  Am I the only one who hates to eat after getting my teeth cleaned?  Just wondering.

WEDNESDAY - This morning, Linda stopped by to drop off a quilt for me to quilt:

This afternoon...

I started quilting Carol's quilt while waiting to Zoom with LeeAnna...

Unfortunately, our internet went out, so Zoom was postponed.  :o((  We enjoyed a lovely phone conversation instead.  :o))

I finished Carol's quilt before dinner:

After dinner, I loaded AND finished this quilt made by Ruth B.:


After the meeting, I was off to do a grocery pick-up:

Once the groceries were put away...

I pulled a selection of threads for Linda's quilt:

Next, I trimmed up Ruth B's other LWR while waiting for...

... Zoom time with LeeAnna:

FRIDAY - ZoomKNIT attendees enjoyed a visit from a long lost friend:

Then, I was off to buy a card to include with the Salt and Sand Hop Prize (which I need to get out in the mail.)  While at the store, I ran into my friend Ann from my Monthly Evening Bee:

My day continued with some RED scrap play:

This is what DH brought home from work today:

Aren't they pretty?  I guess he missed the RED memo!  :P

SATURDAY - It's Link Party day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I hope you will join me in visiting Angela @ So Scrappy to see what the RSC Quilters have been up to this week.  (OK, so I'm a little early to the party!  I'll join in once the link goes live.)

Wanna see my favorite project of the week???

The National Quilt Museum is currently showing the "Modern Quilt Guild Retrospective" exhibit.  Christine Perrigo's quilt "Northern Obsession" is among the quilts being shown.  I saw RED and the sleek modern design of her quilt and the next thing I knew, scraps were flying all over the studio!

Here is the layout (much like Christine's) that came to be when the dust was clear.  I knew it would be the perfect addition to my Kitchen Quilt Series or possibly this month's entry for the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

** Don't you worry!  There's no need to call the Quilt Police.  I have Christine's permission to share.

A few days ago, Angela released her paper pieced Exclamation Point tutorial for the Full Stop QAL.  The traditional pieced version was released last week.

Until next time...

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Sew Some Love Sunday - LWR - Quilt Number Fourteen

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  I'm happy to be back with a new report on the Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Drive here at The Joyful Quilter. 

The front of this quilt was made by Libby @ Life on the Hill using the Ginger Belle pattern from Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts.

The sweet floral backing was also provided by Libby, but the binding fabric will be used in another quilt:

The top and bottom borders were added by Maggie.  She was the one who was tasked with reconfiguring the quilt just a bit, in order to conform to the LWR size requirements.  Those can be seen in THIS post.

Suzanne in Alaska provided the batting for this quilt.  It appears that there is STILL enough to fill one or two more quilts.  Britt quilted it using her brand new feather pantograph:

I'm pleased to present LWR Quilt Number Fourteen:

The binding for this lovely quilt was provided by Maggie.  That binding was applied and sewn down by Britt.

Thanks for the excellent teamwork, quilters!!

Until next time...
Sew some LOVE!!!

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 18

Welcome to Week 18 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week the RSC Quilters are finishing up with their Bright and/or Light BLUE scrappy projects.  What comes next??  I'm wondering that, too.

Keep reading...

SUNDAY - This week's edition of Sew Some Love Sunday can be found HERE.  I had a different sort of donation quilt to share.

This afternoon, I quilted my next donation, details in an upcoming LWR post.  Please note the Light and Bright BLUE for the April Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

I also squared up a few more blocks for my H2H donation, only 6 more and I can start the layout process:

MONDAY - I spent the morning doing paperwork and then I spent some time with Karen @ Just Get It Done Quilts.  In yesterday's episode of Karen's Quilt Circle the interview guest was Valerie Goodwin, author of Art Quilt Maps:

TUESDAY - I loaded Maggie's next quilt on the longarm:

... And enjoyed some time with these quilting friends:

Apologies to the two members who left the meeting before I remembered to take a group photo!

WEDNESDAY - A new Wonderful Wednesday post went live today.  Lots of fun stuff to see, if you haven't already ventured by.

Zoom with LeeAnna:

While I was waiting, I finally sorted through this stack of fabrics that my friend Ella gave me a few weeks ago:

There's even a bit of Light BLUE in celebration of April's Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Thanks, Ella!  :o))

THURSDAY - ZoomBEE... LIVE!!!  We were able to visit in-person this week.  Instead of Cheryl's yard or my driveway, Maggie volunteered her lovely porch and surprised us with an airing of the quilts:

Here I am... Taking the group photo from too far away and neglecting to use the camera zoom feature:

News flash!!!

Tonight, I released a new Guest Blogger post.  Don't miss it.  Here's the LINK to Connie's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry.

FRIDAYA new edition of Design Floor Friday was released during the night.  Here's a preview:

This morning, the following friends met for ZoomKNIT:


Kat has posted the May/June Block Drive for Covered in Love.  It's an easy one and I thought YOU might like contribute a block or two (or ten.)  Find the information in this LINK.

SATURDAY - It's Link Party day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I hope you will join me in visiting Angela @ So Scrappy to see what the RSC Quilters have been up to this week, as we wrapped up our Light/Bright BLUE scrap projects.

Today's BIG announcement...

Angela did the post on Thursday and the Color of the Month for May is:


Here's what I have to work with:

Until next time...