Monday, January 18, 2021

Mini Monday - SAHRR - Center Block

Welcome to the latest edition of Mini Monday!  I'm here to reveal my center block for the SAHRR.

What's THAT, Joyful?!?!

SAHRR is the Stay At Home Round Robin hosted by Gail @ Quilting Gail blog.  My center is a (partial) Feathered Star block left over from a 2016 class with Nancy Mahoney.  (If you EVER get a chance to take a class with her, don't pass up the opportunity.  She is DEFINITELY on my 5 BEST quilt teachers list!!)

It's not quite SEW mini as you might expect from me (AND I'm late to the party), but here you have it:

I debated and debated with myself about participating and chose two other potential center blocks, but finally caved when I remembered that block waiting in my Project Center.  It must be sad sitting on the shelf for this long.  I had always planned on finishing it.  Hasn't happened yet!

I'm going to try to complete it in a new way with this quilt along.  My SAHRR may not progress the same as others might.  The quilt will tell me how to proceed.  Pacing will be the challenge, as it was always the reason I never participated in the making of a "real" Round Robin quilt.

Week 2 instructions went live today with Chris @ Chrisknits.  Head over to see what she wants us to add to our center blocks.  I will say this... She gave us permission to use the rounds as we see fit!  I intend to do just that.  :o))

Until next time...
QUILT a Round (robin)!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sew Some Love Sunday - LWR - A Baker's Dozen is Tops {Lucky #13}

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  I'm happy to report that the first LWR package of 2021 arrived in the mail on January 2nd.  Congratulations to Louise @ Quilt Odyssey on claiming that spot with this mailer:

There were already posts scheduled between then and now, but today you finally get peek inside Louise's mailer:

She sent a quilt back this time:

Along with some treats for the minions my quilting friends:

I've claimed the Steam-a-Seam Lite2, but my local helpers will have a chance at this fun pirate print fabric...

... And this amazing dragonfly to incorporate into a project:

She also sent this beautiful quilt top made from Hawaiian fabrics...

... With a note that the back side is the RIGHT side of the quilt top:

This stamp fabric proves it:

Thank you, Louise!  This lovely top will get slotted into the queue for quilting.  I appreciate your contribution to the Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Drive here at The Joyful Quilter.

It's not too late for YOU to join the list of contributors!!!

The quilt tops are still rolling in. Please leave a comment if you have a UFO (or would like to make a new quilt top) that measures approximately 60 x 80 inches that you would like for me to finish and donate to the cause.

Until next time...
Sew Some Love!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!!  What a week it's been.  Quilting, quilting, and MORE quilting with a side of knitting.  Just the way I like it!  :o))

SUNDAY - In the wee hours of the morning, I released a new edition of Sew Some Love Sunday and in the midday, I posted my first entry for Season 12 of Project QUILTING.  Here's a preview, as I was testing the quilting stitches (on PINK scrap fabric, of course) after installing a new bobbin:

MONDAY - Today was a quilting day:

Here's a better look at the cute backing fabric Carol chose for her quilt... including letters, numbers, and these sweet PINK glasses:

Tonight, I put on my best smile in preparation for ZoomGUILD:

Our speaker...

She presented her lecture/slide show called Japan 2.0 and shared the culture of quilting (and its future) in the island nation:

TUESDAY - Another quilt swap with Carol this morning:

Later, I worked January's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge runner:

Before dinner, I began thinking about loading Carol's quilt on the longarm.  Thread has been selected, but I need to decide on a quilting design.  Here are the two choices and I'm hoping YOU have an opinion about which one works best for this whimsical quilt:

WEDNESDAY - This morning's grocery processing went well. We even managed to squeeze everything into an already FULL fridge!

After lunch, Nancy brought a quilt for me to longarm:

Later this afternoon was my regularly scheduled Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

(Sorry for not waiting to see which design board you thought I should use, but...) Tonight was spent making progress on Carol's quilt and you'll just have to tell me if you think I chose wisely:

THURSDAY - ZoomBEE met this morning.  These twelve quilting friends (plus two more not pictured) joined in our colorful chat:

What did you do once Carol's quilt was done, Joyful???

I loaded the next Lutheran World Relief Quilt on the longarm, before changing the design board for Nancy's quilt, of course:

FRIDAY - I overslept this morning and missed the first half-hour of today's ZoomKNIT.  These knitting friends were waiting for me:

This afternoon, I prepared to start sewing on January's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  I had planned on doing a runner this month and opted for Quilt-As-You-Go.  Here is the center strip with separate stacks for the left and right of center:

Before bed, I released THIS Design Floor Friday post.

SATURDAY - LINK PARTY day at Angela's So Scrappy blog.  The RSC Quilters will be there sharing this week's PINK projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Let's go see who has arrived!

Until next time...

Friday, January 15, 2021

Design Floor Friday - January's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge

Welcome to a new edition of Design Floor Friday!!  This week's post is all about PINK.  It's January's Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over on Angela's So Scrappy blog.

You KNOW what that means, don't you???

It means that my runner for this month's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge is oh SEW pretty in PINK!  I sorted through my scraps and cut them to 13" strips. Here's the start of it:


You are only getting a teaser today (as it's not done yet.)  Come back on Friday, January 29th for the TABLE SCRAPS Linky Party.  

Hopefully, I'll have it done by then!

Sharing with Alycia

Until next time...
Think PINK!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Project QUILTING - Season 12 - Challenge 1

Illuminating + Ultimate Gray

Welcome to The Joyful Quilter!!  And... Welcome to the wonderful world of Project QUILTING hosted by Kim Lapacek @ Persimon Dreams!!  This is my 2nd year of participation in the Challenge.  Trish Frankland @ QuiltChicken is the creator of the crazy challenges that participants will face during the next 12 weeks.

Sassy @ Farm Quilter got me started at the beginning of Season 11 by inviting her readers to join in the fun.  Will you come alongside me in this creative journey?  It's a wild ride, but oh SEW rewarding!  I may be am dragging along my friend LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color this season.  Yay!!

Challenges are given and start to finish you have ONE WEEK to complete your project.  PQ 12.1 can be found at this LINK.

Step One...

Read the instructions to see what is required of the first challenge.  Here's what Trish had to say:

... our first challenge this year will be based on Pantone’s Color of the Year 2021 – which is actually two colors: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

As we all look forward to a better year ahead, these colors offer a solid, dependable base (gray) accompanied by a hopeful and sunny outlook (yellow).


Step Two...

Tear out your hair thinking of what to do.  (Maybe not the BEST plan!)  Actually, a HUGE smile spread across my face when I finally read the rules for this challenge.

Why, Joyful???

Well, I just happen to have an overflowing basket of YELLOW scraps and a rather stuffed basket of GRAY scraps, as well.  I even think I know what I want to do with them.  (Actually, two ideas!  One small and one a bit larger, which would be a stretch.  Stay tuned to see which idea won.)

Step Three...

Gather supplies:

Step Four...

Review the rules:

Your finished project this week must be predominantly yellow and gray. You may use any shades of gray and any shades of yellow, but you must use both. You may add black and/or white, if you wish, but you do not have to. Fabrics may have other colors included in their print, but those colors may NOT be dominant.
I’m not putting any other limits on you, this time. You can make anything you wish, in any size and from any materials – just make it yellow and gray!
Rule 1 – Your project must be predominantly yellow and gray.

You have one week to meet the challenge. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline – that is, started on or after January 3, 2021, and posted by noon Central January 10, 2021.

Step Five... PLAY!!!

My inspiration was January's Scrappy Nine Patch Challenge and the cover of this book.  I thought I might make a "twofer" quilt.  You know, a quilt big enough to suit that challenge, but with the colors required for this one:

Here is a sampling of my construction process...

(Scroll down to the bottom of the post NOW, if you don't care to see a blow by blow of the making of my quilt.)

I started out with one lone 9-Patch:

If one 9-Patch is good...

... Then, surely a Double 9-Patch is better:

Next, I tested some border options:

This asymmetrical setting felt right...

However, I thought yellow might like to play more than a bit part in the binding of the little quilt, so I auditioned it for a supporting role:


Reality hit as I worked, the quilt AND the scraps said that they were finished.  This was the stopping point in the design process:

Something happened on the way to piecing it into a quilt top...

I changed the width on two of the borders to provide some flexibility in the finished size, proceeded to run out of fabric before the top was done, and ended up with a gap to fill.  Working through some potential solutions...

... I ended up with this arrangement:

This backing was already loaded...

... And thread (along with a scrap of batting) was selected:

Once those tasks were completed, the top was promptly loaded on the longarm for quilting:

I decided to quilt it using my most popular (Swirls) design board:

The backing and my tension tester pieces are PINK, as a nod to my participation in the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

I risked using the smaller of two leftover bobbins.  I played a good game of "Bobbin Chicken."  It was a tie!!  During the first round I won (with ONE YARD of thread remaining!)  I lost the second round with just this much left to quilt:

With little more than 48 hours remaining until the deadline, all that I had left to do was apply and stitch down the binding (made a couple of days ago in preparation for this moment):

Just less than 24 hours until the deadline, I present my completed entry for PQ 12.1, displayed on the Gallery Wire in my studio:

24" x 24" square

There is usually a reason that I participate in these challenges...

... And this time, it was this tower of scraps which SEW needed to be tamed:

 Oh, well... At least I used up some of the chunks!!  :o))

There you have it...

Process, product, and the REAL reason for accepting this Challenge.

Follow THIS LINK to the Season 12 overview.  Check back on the Challenge release days (or sign-up to be notified automatically) and there may be one that YOU just can't resist.

It's a SHORT turnaround time!

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, that doesn't HAVE to be insurmountable.  With a little creativity and a few evenings, you really CAN do this!  My project was begun shortly after the prompt was announce but was finished with only 21 hours until the deadline.  Even so, I linked up with only ONE hour to spare, joining in at entry number 200 (which I thought was pretty cool.)

Until next time...
Challenge accepted!!!

Remember:  If I can do this, YOU can do it, too!

(Plus, there's a spot to post your completed Project QUILTING inspired projects AFTER the deadline for any of the challenges.)