Saturday, September 30, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 39

Welcome to Week 39 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  If you thought I didn't get much sewing done LAST week, just wait to see how little I got done THIS week.  Ugh!

If you're new here, thank you for stopping by.  I really appreciated the comments that I received from those of you who visited from the Blogger's Quilt Festival last week.  Thanks again and...

SUNDAY was a day of rest (and checking out all the posts for the Fall 2017 Edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!)  Honestly, I barely moved from my chair. Is that awful?

MONDAY is reserved for Knit Group.  I went grocery shopping afterwards.  Somehow, I'm not really sure what happened to the rest of my day.  Basically, it went... WHOOSH!!!

TUESDAY didn't QUITE turn out the way I had hoped.  I ended up helping one friend in the morning and another in the evening.  That didn't leave any time for quilting.  :o((

I did spot some ORANGE goodness on my morning walk:

WEDNESDAY was more of the same.  My friend's Dad isn't doing well, so I helped out with the kids.  All day (and I'm exhausted!!)  Fortunately, there was a LITTLE bit of down time during the morning hours:

THURSDAY is reserved for Quilt Group.  The morning was enjoyable, as always, but I had an appointment afterwards so I had to miss going to lunch with the ladies.  :o((

But, then... live-action rainbow magnet tile fun:

FRIDAY is reserved for Coffee Club.  I ended helping a friend during the afternoon hours, then raced home to pack up and head out of town.

SATURDAY is here and it's time to join Angela's LINK PARTY!!  I meant to release my post before leaving town yesterday, but that didn't happen.  I hope to join the other RSC Quilters on Sunday (when I get home from the back of beyond.)  There isn't much internet here  :o((

No internet, but they is this gorgeous view out the sewing room door:

So much for ORANGE sewing this week!!!  Oh well, maybe I will be able to add the photo of my completed Scrap Jar Stars when I return.


Photos are fun, so I will leave you with this one last shot, in preparation for the last day of September...

Be ready to fade to PINK:

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

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...