Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 40 - Jeannie Sews Stripes

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  When responding to a quilter on Ravelry who was interested in the Table Scraps Challenge a couple of days ago, I mentioned that there was still time to complete something for the June Link Party.

Well, Sockjeannieous read that and had the following to say...

OMG I still have time to do a June block. I’ll get right on it. Is there an extension every month? I thought it ended at the end of the calendar month.

To which I explained...

I gave an extension for the holiday this time. Each Link Party post details when the closing date will be. In general, I have started giving the Monday after the party for those who wait til the last minute to do anything, but are busy on the weekends.

The next day, she posted this...

Just finished by June Table Scraps Challenge (yes, I know it is July but the deadline was extended due to the holiday.  Bright or dark blue with stripes was the challenge.  I quilted with parallel lines - which are getting pretty good if I do say so myself).

I already have my idea for July.

Give Jeannie's BLUE project some quilty love in the comments below.  I know that you enjoyed seeing her fun striped mini (which just happened to include July's Circles, Spots, and Dots theme.)  I certainly did!  Thank you for sending this photo for the blog, Jeannie.  I appreciate you sharing your entry so that others may be inspired to quilt small, too!

Link Party REMINDER...

The June 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party started on Friday, June 24th @ 12:01 AM and through Tuesday, July 5th @ 11:59 PM due to the US holiday weekend.  At this posting, you only have a few hours to post your own Bright/Dark BLUE and/or STRIPE-y project.  Will YOU join in the scrappy fun?

Until next time...
SEW those table scraps!!!

Monday, July 4, 2022

Summer 2022 (Ravelry) UFO Club - The List

Welcome back!!

The SUMMER 2022 UFO Club is now OPEN for sign-ups!! Participants MUST list (at least) FIVE projects. Photos should accompany the list. Sign-ups end at midnight EDT on Thursday, July 7, 2022. (In the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry.)

NOTE: All qualifying finishes must be posted BEFORE midnight EDT on September 30, 2022!!!

What's your strategy, Joyful???

I'm a moody quilter.  Given the "at least FIVE" project requirement for participation, I tend to err on the side MORE is better.  That is simply because I have to "be in the mood" to work on a particular project!  By varying the size and style of the items included on my list, I give myself a better chance at finding something I want to work on during the quarter.

Here is my project list for the SUMMER 2022 (Ravelry) UFO Club:

1. PositivityQAL/Block Drive #1 (2021)
2. PositivityQAL/Block Drive #2 (2021 with GREEN)

3. PositivityQAL/Block Drive #3 (2021 only PURPLE)
4. Panel Twin #1

5. Panel Twin #2

6. Bright Eyes (Faces Workshop 2021)
7. Nick's Tiny Teal HSTs (2021)
8. Blue and Green for Parrish (2016)
9. Noah's Grad Quilt (2020)

10. Grand Illusion (2014)

11. Stay at Home ROW Robin (2021)
12. SAHRR Hearts (2022)

13. Where's Jackson? (2011)

At home
How many years CAN a dog sit on a sewing table?  Only time will tell...

Sit.  Stay.  Good dog!
Note: This one is on the list at the request of my friend
Deb @ Happy to be Scrappy and one day I will
 surprise her by completing this project.
14. Rainbow Picnic (2017)

15. Circle Challenge Topper (2022 at top)

16. Batik Runner (2022 on Right)

17. Kaffe Runner/Topper (2022)

18. Aboriginal Runner (2022 on Left)

19. Maggie's PURPLE Runner (2022)

20. Diane's PURPLE Strip Mini (2022)

21. QFK Challenge (2022)

22. Pale Blue & Green Topper (2022)


I went a little crazy and that's 22 projects listed for the Summer 2022 UFO Club which should give me PLENTY of options.  My goal is ONE finish for the quarter.  More than that is usually a bonus!  At minimum, I hope to finish several of these.  My "pie-in-the-sky" goal would be to knock out a dozen during this session!  The quilt show is coming up and there are challenges and programs to support.

There's still time for YOU to join in the finishing fun!  Sign-ups are open through Thursday, July 7th @ midnight (EDT), so head over to the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry today.  Email if you need help with the process.

Until next time...
Wish me luck!!

Saturday, July 2, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC22 - Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week, I am pleased to share that Angela announced the Color of the Month for July.  Here is a recent art journal page showcasing the scraps that RSC Quilters will be using.  PURPLE and oddly enough, it also includes July's theme for the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge which is CIRCLES, SPOTS, AND DOTS:

SUNDAY - Started off the week with my Zoom call with Knittingsuek:

While I was waiting for time to Zoom, I took in a FREE cooking class:

It explained a LOT about what I've been doing WRONG these last many years!!  I enjoyed learning from Chef Todd Mohr, but...

Be warned:  FREE isn't without a cost when it comes with "come-ons" for his paid cooking course!

MONDAY - What happened today?  I worked a while, I played Wordle and, for some reason, really had to think about what the word could possibly be after coming thisclose to winning ...

Spoiler alert:  Once I had a bit more caffeine circulating through my veins, it wasn't so hard!

I played Quordle and WON - maybe for the first time EVER:

Later, I completed the PLAID prompt for the day's ICAD challenge.  Mixing some of my own colors and painting the rough plaid design was a lot of fun.  Fabric scraps were used:

TUESDAY - My monthly Evening Bee was tonight:

I was early so stopped to check out the sunglasses on offer at our local big box store...

This was the first pair I tried on, but they were too expensive:

Purple to coordinate with my shirt - in honor of the RSC:

Not these, for sure:

WEDNESDAY - Today's Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color was filled with all things art and a little bit of quilting:

THURSDAY - Errands and art-ing occupied my time and while I was there, I ordered my new sunglasses in hopes that I will receive them before summer is over, opting for full coverage to discourage sun-glare headaches:

Goodbye, BLUE, but not without sharing the two things I bought last week:

Another day, another challenge.  It's #JunkJournalJuly hosted by @megjournals and this is the "altered magazine" that I'll be working in:

Today's prompt was BEGIN.  I got a start on it, but it feels like it needs more:

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.  Since there have been precious few PURPLE scraps flying in my studio, here are the flowers that I spotted on last night's walk...

Along with the Barn Quilt sighting whose design incorporated a bit of PURPLE, too:

I'll dig into these over the weekend or sometime next week:

Until next time...

Friday, July 1, 2022

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 39 - Trekking in BLUEs

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  Sandra/Trek15 had no longer gotten finished saying that she had only pulled fabrics than she had posted the following:

A June finish for the Table Scraps Challenge using leftover strips (quilt as you go) and a piece of leftover binding in the perfect colour.  The back is navy/white ticking fabric.  Small pieces of wadding were sewn together to use up very tiny bits.  I machine sewed the binding to the front and, while it’s much faster, I don’t like it.  I’ll go back to my usual way of hand sewing binding to the back from now on, I think for me, the extra time is worth it.  Making this placemat and mug rug with bits and pieces was fun:

Apparently, admitting that actually ended up lighting a fire under her to get busy!  :o))

Give Sandra's BLUE projects some quilty love in the comments below.  I know that you enjoyed seeing them.  I certainly did!  Thank you for sending this photo for the blog, Sandra.  I appreciate you sharing your these small quilts so that others may be inspired to use their fabric AND batting scraps, too!

Link Party REMINDER...

The June 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party started on Friday, June 24th @ 12:01 AM and through Tuesday, July 5th @ 11:59 PM due to the US holiday weekend.  At this posting, you still have the weekend to start and maybe even finish your own Bright/Dark BLUE and/or STRIPE-y project.  Will YOU join in the scrappy fun?

Until next time...
SEW those table scraps!!!

Spring 2022 (Ravelry) UFO Club - The Results

Welcome to the quarterly report of the (Ravelry) UFO Club...

Participating members of the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry have been busy the past three months.  Since this was the whole reason for starting my blog, I have continued sharing updates at the end of each session.  Don't be alarmed by those without finishes!  As you well know, some quilts take longer than others to cross the finish line.

How did everyone do, Joyful???

The SPRING 2022 UFO Club is now CLOSED!! Participants MUST have listed (at least) FIVE projects. Photos should have accompanied the list. Sign-ups ended at midnight EDT on April 7, 2022.

NOTE: All qualifying finishes must have been posted BEFORE midnight EDT on June 30, 2022!!!

Membership (30):

Send (0): (Sorry, Doris! Canceled for this quarter.)

No Send (30):
robobeagle: 4 completed projects
CascadeKnitter: 3 completed projects
montricot: 4 completed projects
gathersnomoss: 2 completed projects
monicarose51: 2 completed projects
Trek15: 4 completed projects
basketcase9702: 3 completed projects
djaquilter: 1 completed project
BillieX3: 5 completed projects
jrnylst: 3 completed projects
tjsayers: 3 completed projects
mehitabel: 4 completed projects
orooni: 1 completed project
sk2p: 1 completed project
CorgiNole: 2 completed projects
siberspinner: 1 completed project
fairfaxknitter: 1 completed project
doris7264: 2 completed projects

Session Totals: 18 quilters completed 46 projects

Congrats to all of our finishers, including Jrnylst, who claimed the title Queen of the Last Minute (again!!) Congratulations also goes out to BillieX3 who finished out the quarter with FIVE (5) completed projects. That earned her the title of Rock Star for this term. Congrats, Billie!

Thank you to everyone who played this time. Thanks to all of those who cheered us along. For those who still have 5 (or more) quilting UFOs, you will find sign-ups for the Summer 2022 UFO Club HERE and we welcome new or returning members. Sign-ups will be open through July 7, 2022 at midnight (EDT) in the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry.

I contributed the following to the group totals...

1. The GrandT Quilt

Click on the quilt's name to visit the post about each quilt, if you missed it.  

Here's a recent UFO Club testimonial...

Before I post the pictures and all, I want to thank all of you in this group and especially thank those of you that moderate and lead. This group has inspired me and kept me sewing better than any UFO challenge in either of my guilds. Maybe it's the quarterly aspect? I don't know. All I know is since I've participated in this group, it seems like I'm more focused on completing at least SOMETHING every quarter. I love seeing everything everyone is working on - that's a whole lot of inspiration!  Anyway...thank you to everyone here!

My response...

That's great news, Toni! Thanks for sharing how much the UFO Club has helped bring you focus for finishing your projects. I am happy to have a bunch of people working alongside me as I slog through my own quilting UFOs!

Do YOU have 5 (or more) UFOs???

We welcome new members to the club.  Sign-ups are open through July 7, 2022 at midnight (EDT.)  Membership is limited to members of the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry, but that's easy to sign up for.  A number of my readers have joined for the encouragement and support we provide.

Until next time...
Mark another UFO (or 3) off the list!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC22 - Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week has been a mix of fabric flying and art journaling.  If you are here for the quilts, you will have to wade through the rest of my week.  It's been a(nother) busy one.

Take a look, but be warned...  This is a PHOTO HEAVY post!!!

SUNDAY - My week started well with a Zoom call to Knittingsuek:

The afternoon was spent in the studio and was followed by a family adventure complete with...


Kissing cars:

A mechanic at work:

Ultimately, after a team effort to push 4000 pounds, a temporary home for Daisy:

Fortunately, it was a beautiful evening and we accomplished the task before nightfall:

MONDAY - I posted Week 3 of the ICAD challenge and these are my three favorites...

A collage that began with the spring-themed cookie wrapper on the left and grew from there with the addition of bits of magazine pages, painted papers, and a few scraps of fabric:

Of course, I would think of a sewing machine when the TOY prompt came up!

I had fun adding the fold out tool "door" to my entry for the day:

This was one that I had to look up the meaning of the prompt and ended up only loosely following, but was thrilled to use a bit of fabric from a recent stash enhancement from my friend Diane of Stitch Studio:

Tonight was the (long awaited) Silent Auction at Quilt Guild.  Here's my haul:

When I got home from running errands, I did another page in my Somerset Studio Mixed Media Journal.  I finally got a set of Posca pens:

Tonight was the Silent Auction at Quilt Guild and here is my haul:

TUESDAY - This afternoon I added my new washi tapes to one of the interactive pages in my Somerset Studio journal.  This set seems more usable than the other set:

WEDNESDAY - It was a scrap sewing day.  I had a ton of fun figuring out how to use these gorgeous bits from my friend Diane's "autumn phase" and stopped with these three table toppers:

Thanks for sharing these beauties with me, Diane!!
They will make lovely pieces to add to the DOQ Quilt Show Boutique or Charity Auction.

This afternoon was my weekly Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

After dinner, I couldn't resist the last batch of autumn-themed scraps from Diane.  Trimming and arranging was the task for this evening:

THURSDAY - I had hoped to attend my Weekly Quilt Group, but opted to stay close to home.  DS2 helped me knock a BIG project off my list.  We located appropriately sized boxes and loaded up the Lutheran World Relief quilts.  They've been waiting such a long time to be shipped off.  The 2-box stack is actually hip height and weighs in at a combined 67.4 pounds:

FRIDAY - Table Scraps Challenge LINK PARTY

I'll start with an Index-Card-a-Day challenge entry made earlier in the week because it matches today's big event:

The highlight of the day was a trip to the Pineapple Fabrics Warehouse SALE where @britt_quilts caught up with our friend Tiffany who was volunteering at the Fabric-By-The- Pound tent:

We were pleased to run into our beemate Ella at the sale:

I was on the hunt for yellow to make a new baby quilt.  I feel good about my selections:

Not shown, a few pieces of wide back fabric for options on a variety of quilts.

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.

Until next time...