Sunday, January 31, 2021

(Not so) Mini Monday - SAHRR - Round 2

Welcome to (Not so) Mini Monday!!  I'm still lagging behind on the Round Robin, but the post is being released a little early.  The good news is that I've made some progress on my project.  :o))

Have a look...

I started off with this (partial) Feathered Star block:

Last week, I did a quick mock-up of piano key prompt:

Nothing more was accomplished, until...

Mid-week, when I tested a completely different sashing strip:

 And another set of (chunky) piano keys in red:

Late last night. I did this:

Once that was done, I began planning out my Plus Sign border:

Sorry, quilters!  That will have to wait until I can find my bolt of muslin.  It seems to have gone missing SOMEWHERE in the studio.

Linking with Emily
The Darling Dogwood

Until next time...
Stay home and SEW!!!

Sew Some Love Sunday - Promise Fulfillment and Quilt Top #14

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!!  This week, I'm here to share the latest happenings for the ongoing donation project that I'm coordinating.  Let me tell you...  The minions have been busy!  :o))

Back in the Fall, at the first in-person NT Bee meeting since Covid Lockdown, news had spread about the need for contributions to the LWR Mission Quilt Drive here on The Joyful Quilter.  Everyone in the group signed up for one thing or another.

Here's what several members of the group have been up to...

Kirsten signed up for quilt backing and she has since made her way through her fabric stash and selected some yardage that she could part with.  It has now been delivered:

Here are the selections that were included:

A promise fulfilled.  Thank you SEW much, Kirsten!!

She and Monkey kindly took Quilt Top #9 (shown in the lower right corner of the photo above) with them, since it has been quilted and was waiting to be bound:

You will see more of that when it has been returned.

There's MORE, Joyful???

Yep!  Deborah has also been busy.  Here she is, delivering Quilt Top #14 for the Mission Quilt project:

This lovely quilt top was pieced from the squares donated by Nann @ With Strings Attached:

Thank you, Deborah, for participating in the Mission Quilt project!!  I appreciate the fact that you provided border fabric from your stash to bring the quilt top up to meet the size preference of LWR.

But, WAIT!!!

Britt has been busy, too.  She stopped by to deliver a quilt fresh off the rails of her longarm.  (Post scheduled soon.)  While here, she picked up Quilt Top #14 for quilting.  In front of that, you might notice that she also took along some backing fabric (also donated by Nann):

Below, Britt shows off the backing fabric from Loise @ Quilt Odyssey, which will be used for the second of two kits selected some time ago:

Thanks for being a Quilting Fairy for the Mission Quilt Drive, Britt!  I have to say, your assistance and artistry is SEW appreciated!

Until next time...
Good things happening in Hillsborough!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week got off to a slow, yet busy start.  You'll see what I mean in a moment.

Walk with me through my week, if you will...

SUNDAY - Emails and blog posts filled my morning.  I try to stay caught up, but I'm several weeks behind on our Quilt Bee's blog.  :o((

TWO blog posts were released today.  Follow THIS LINK for an update on the LWR Mission Quilt Drive and check out THIS POST for my PQ12.2 Fussy Cut challenge quilt.

The afternoon began with COOKIES!!  I met my friend Stacy to exchange my cash for her daughter's Girl Scout Cookies:

A while later, Needleb came over for a quilt swap...

...  And a binding consult on the front walk:

MONDAY - The morning was filled with writing up blog posts and answering emails.  Later in the day, I cut and prepared PINK binding for my January TABLE SCRAPS Challenge due this weekend:

Finally, I checked in with the Stay At Home Round Robin right dinner.  This week's assignment for Round Two... Plus Signs with Emily @ The Darling Dogwood blog.  I'm hoping to get started on mine soon, as I'm running a week (or two) behind on my SAHRR.  I shared my (meager) progress in tonight's Mini Monday post.

TUESDAY - The day started off with a slow morning, but the afternoon was a bit of a revolving door.  First, Carol stopped by for a quilt swap:

Before my noon appointment, I took a few minutes to tighten the ear loops on a couple of Mr. Wonderful's face masks:

Next, Knittingsuek stopped by for a grocery swap.  It seems that I caught her mid-wave.  (Sorry, SZQ!):

A little while later, I met with Betsy, who dropped off an emergency quilt to be quilted:

Then, Maggie dropped by to pick up a couple of quilt tops that need some enhancements done to fit the LWR size requirements:

You would think that was enough for one day, but noooo...

Tonight was the night of my monthly evening bee's Zoom meeting:

WEDNESDAY - A new twist on the Wonderful Wednesday post series went live today.  YOU won't want to miss it!!

I did fun stuff like laundry and dishes while waiting the time for my weekly Zoom call with LeeAnna:

THURSDAY - I was late for ZoomBEE, but that waited for me to take this week's group picture:

I'm not really certain what I did the rest of the day, except for this:

FRIDAY - The January Table Scraps Link Party went live at 12:01 AM and will remain open through the weekend.  Get your entry posted by 11:59 PM on Sunday!

These six knitters joined our group's ZoomKNIT this morning:

Tonight, I also released another Guest Blogger post!!  Miss Pat an entry for the TABLE  SCRAPS Challenge, but had some trouble linking up.

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Head over to Angela's So Scrappy blog to see what wonderful PINK things the RSC Quilters have been working on during January.  We'll soon be transitioning to a new Color of the Month.  What color are YOU hoping for???

Until next time...
Scrap SEW safely!!!

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 2 - Miss Pat

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  Earlier this week, I introduced a new series as part of my Wonderful Wednesday post.  I hadn't considered the fact that there might be more non-bloggers who wanted to join the TABLE SCRAPS Link Party, so this will now be the beginnings of an entirely different series of posts.  Additional installments will be added on any day of the week, as necessary.

Miss Pat had some trouble joining the Table Scraps Link Party from her Instagram account.  I was more than happy to help her and first tried to walk her through the instructions for linking up from IG.  If anyone knows how to do that properly, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.  I would love to be able to share that for future link parties (as my directions were obviously lacking.)  Thanks, in advance!

Pat made the following table topper in PINK for January's Rainbow Scrap Challenge (as requested, but not required):

Here's her story...

16" square (turns out the table isn't actually square!)
Wishing Ring block borrowed from Cathy @ Crazy by Design.
Backed with Valentine hearts fat quarter so it can do double duty:

Thanks for sharing your pretty PINK table topper with us, Pat!  As noted earlier, I'm posting her entry for the January TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  I will gladly do the same for others who run into problems with joining the Link Party.

Share the quilty love for Pat's project in the comments below.  I know you enjoyed seeing her table topper as much as I did!  Thank you, again, Miss Pat. 

Link Party Reminder...

For your convenience, January's TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be open from 12:01 AM on Friday, January 29th - 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 31 (EST).  I'm SEW looking forward to seeing what everyone has made with their "table scraps."  Please join us the LAST WEEKEND of each month for the Link-up.  Remember readers, if YOU have a Table scraps project to share, but no blog to share it on, drop me an email with photos and the story of your entry.

Until next time...
Top(per) those tables!!!

January 2021 - TABLE SCRAPS Runner/Topper Challenge - Link Party!!!

Welcome to the 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Runner/Topper Challenge!!  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter your table runner/topper, mug rug, etc. in the Link Party (by Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Image from DESIGNECOLOGIST on Unsplash

No blog?  No problem, you will be able to have your scrappy table runners/toppers hosted here on The Joyful Quilter.  Just pop me an email with your name/state and a photo of your completed project and I will add it to a follow-up post.

From our participants...

Kat @ Scrapbox Quilts provided the following link:

By scrolling tutorials by Claudia @ Create With Claudia a selection of table runners can be found.  (These two caught my eye: Jelly Roll Bed Runner and Rick Rack Christmas Table Runner, along with her Easy Quilted Table Runner - because sometimes you need a quick project and these appear to qualify!)

Got favorites???

Email me , if you have a "go to" runner or topper pattern.  I'll add it to a future post.  Thanks!

Where's the table dressing, Joyful???

I'm getting to that.  Since it was PINK month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I pulled out this Quilted Scrap Basket:

You can find the tutorial HERE.


What happened next was some sorting...

... Some pressing...

... And some trimming:

All of that took place during a (Virtual) Retreat Day, and was followed by making some changes to this design:

Later, I gathered the strips, squared up the batting a bit and cut the backing to size:

With the glue from my recent prize basket, I tried glue basting:

Auditioning the thread provided a clear winner for use in the bobbin:

To border or not to border?  That was the question (after realizing the backing was shorter than I intended my runner to be.)  Once that was decided, options were assessed.  Beginning with this combination...

... Working my way through a selection of greens:

After those tasks were completed, I was ready to get organized...

This took place on my design floor, where all of the strips were laid out on the batting.  Some adjustments were made during the process:

The center strip was pinned in place and the rest were gathered into a LEFT of center stack and a RIGHT of center stack:

Stitching (finally) commenced.  Pressing after each strip:

I sewed one side...

... Then the other:

The winning back borders were added after the majority of strips were sewn in place:

Binding came next and I made my selection from the following:

When Needle B stopped by for an LWR quilt swap, I brought out the options for her (valued) opinion:

I cut and pieced the binding earlier this week:

I'm pleased to share my first TABLE SCRAPS Challenge piece...

The top half:

The bottom half, as displayed for my ZoomBEE meeting:

A look at the binding with the backing before it was sewn down:


Gracing my table:

The longarm table, that is:

I very nearly forgot to add the full shots!! I meant to get photos of it out in the snow this morning, but it was too cold outside.  Whoops!!

Please accept some quilty love...

Thank you to the following quilters, who came alongside me in this challenge.  Whether you participated with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month or not, I'm SEW glad that you are sharing this journey with me.

A shout out to:

Deb @ Happy to be Scrappy
LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color
Judy @ Busy Hands are Happy Hands
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Maggie @ Making a Lather
Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts
Libby @ Life on the Hill
Frederique @ Quilting Patchwork & Applique
Kat @ Scrapbox Quilts
Gayle @ Mangofeet
Alycia @ Alycia Quilts
Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Beth @ Applique And...
Cathy @ Crazy By Design
P. @ The Way I Sew It
Janis @ Canyon Rim Quilting
Carol @ Quilt Schmilt
Cathy @ Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting
Kathy @ Hazel's Daughter
Julie @ Me and My Quilts - Exploring the Possibilities
Kathy @ Kathy's Quilts
Marly @ Marly's Quilts
Susie @ Knitty Quilter
Bonnie @ In Stitches with Bonnie
Colleen @ Colleen's Quilting Journey
Nann @ With Strings Attached
Kirsten @ Quilting Corgis
Ivani @ Arte em Casa
Selina @ Selina Quilts
Jo @ ButterZ
June @ Basket Full of Scraps
KatieQ @ Katie's Salt Marsh Path
Susan @ Farm Quilter
Joansy @ Grammy Gives It a Go
Rosa @ String Thing Along
Sherrie @ Food for Thought

Sue K

Miss Pat
Jane in Australia

Your interest in this challenge led me to researching a better way to share participating projects.  There was no way that I could manage it if all interested parties completed a project.


Here (let's hope this works!) is my VERY FIRST Link Party:

Did it work?! I certainly hope so!!! In the event the code doesn't work, please accept my apologies.

What do we do now, Joyful???

Let's go low tech, if the party doesn't work. Please leave the link to your participating post in the comments below (and we can try this again next month for the February 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.)  No blog?  No problem!  Send an email with your project photo and story to be added to the Link Party.

Edited to add...

Yay!!!  The Link Party worked.  :o))

Here, for your viewing pleasure (in case you live in someplace that doesn't get snow) are my table runner SNOW photos:

As you can see, most of yesterday's snow has already melted, but I couldn't let the opportunity for photos pass.

I'm SEW excited about hosting my VERY FIRST Link Party that I'm linking-up at ALL of my favorite bloggers:

Sharing with Kelly

along with



Whooping it up with Sarah

and let's not forget

Oh Scrap! (on Sunday)

I thought I was done with all the linking, but Sarah reminded me that she wanted us to...

Show Me Something That's a Challenge


The February 2021 Table Scraps Link Party will be open from Friday, February 26th @ 12:01 AM - Sunday, February 28th @ 11:59 AM, for your linking convenience.  The Color of the Month, if you want to quilt along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, is YELLOW.

Until next time...
It's a Cover Up!!!