Friday, January 29, 2021

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!!!


  1. Congratulations on your first Linky party and all went well for me to link up. Your tablerunner is sooo pretty.

  2. That’s a great post and runner too.

  3. Your Runner is lovely, Joy!
    Thank you for hosting this great Link up.

  4. Lovely use of pink scraps! And yummy roses on the back. You know I love roses!

  5. Well, I tried! I couldn't get the Link to work with me. Sorry! I will send you the pic, how's that! Your runner turned out nicely!

  6. PS--it did work! Sorry for the technical whining! lol

  7. Your runner is so pretty, Joy! I love the mix of pink scraps - dark and light. So neat that you've gotten such great participation, too! I'm already looking forward to February's project!

  8. You are such an intrepid quilter, Joy!!! I had to LOL when you wrote a photo "gracing your table"!?!

  9. It worked! Well done!....and your table runner is absolutely the epitome of table scraps!! Kudos! The backings is just perfect! Now I'm psyched!

  10. Beautiful table runner Joy! Thanks for the challenge.

  11. I just need to finish sewing the binding on the last half of my table topper and I will email your a photo. I will be posting it to my Instagram as well (@pate393 - When I set it up I didn't have a clue how to choose a user name, so wound up with my email). Thanks for your efforts to include the blogless.

  12. Yay, the linky party is happening! Great table runner and great post.
    I'll be posting soon (fingers crossed) after I finish madly quilting my entry! Good thing it's a multi-day (linky) party, 'cause I'm gonna make a late entrance (what else is new? lol!)

  13. That's such a pretty pink runner! Great way to use those gorgeous scraps. I love the snowy backdrop pictures!

  14. Saw the runner on Instagram, and now here with all the pics, it's even prettier! I love pink! Yay you, successfully running your first linky party!

  15. Congrats on your first linky party. Your table runner is adorable. Love the pics in the snow.

  16. Congratulations on your first Linky Party! So many great table toppers and placemats this month! Such a great way to use up scraps and make something both practical and pretty each month.

  17. I added a link to my RSC 2021 post where I showed the first of the table mats and runner that I'm working on (didn't have finished photos for a blog post yet). Congrats for getting the link to work and what fun to see all the other shared ideas!

  18. Link did not work for me.

    Jan from Canada

  19. I don’t see your email to email my photo to you.

  20. Way to go learning the technology for a linky party and inspiring all of us to make these lovely projects! Your photos make it look like you created a runner for the stairs! LOL

  21. Thanks for your inspiration with a terrific table runner! Your pink scraps play perfectly together!

  22. Your table runner is wonderful! I made a little mug rug, no time for a bigger project ;) Next month maybe!

  23. I put up my top. It won't be finished with binding until Tuesday. =( But it's being given away to a frontline worker on Wednesday!

  24. Woo Hoo! You did great on the linky party and so many participants! I guess I will be visiting through this linkup all night long!

  25. Good job figuring out the Linky Party! Success is bliss! Love your table runner. That's about all the snow we got too. Now it's raining and should be all weekend long. Blech!

  26. Thank you, Joy, for putting together this fun link up! Loving all the pink too!

  27. Thanks for sponsoring this fun challenge and the Linky Party. I was totally confused but succeeded none the less. You've got a lot of pink to choose from! Pink is one of my smallest colors which is weird because I do like it just don't make a lot of girly quilts!

  28. What a great use of pink scraps - the runner turned out beautifully! I may *cough* “borrow” that idea!

  29. This has been a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing it. Finished my pink Valentine's table topper with corner pockets so it could also be used as a wall hanging. No blog so I couldn't figure a way to post pictures. Looking forward to February.

  30. Go you!!! I always love the process photos - you have such fun with them!! but the finish!! oh ya - in the snow - thats my favorite!!! Great job! and thanks for hosting - this is fun!!

  31. My goodness - congratulations on your first linky party! Looks like much scrappy fun was had. Your table runner looks great - a new creative way to use up scraps!


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