Friday, April 23, 2021

April 2021 - TABLE SCRAPS Runner/Topper Challenge - Link Party

Dear Readers,

Apologies for the missing Link Party when the post went live!!  Not sure how that happened, as it had been embedded in the post prior to release.  I'm sure it was operator error!  Sigh... Readers win because of my mistake.  April's Table Scraps Link Party will be open for an entire week.

Thank you for your understanding,

Welcome to the April 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, April 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST.)

This month's color inspiration photo was chosen by Judy @ Busy Hands Are Happy Hands.  Thanks, Judy!

Jopofa Bolt 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...

Nann is back with a couple more links from All People Quilt.  50+ FREE Table Runner Patterns and Our Best Table Toppers.

Got floral scraps???  Wanda @ Exuberant Color finished this lovely 18" x 53" table runner last month... 

Photo provided by Wanda @ Exuberant Color.

... Using the Hot Dish Chain TUTORIAL from Debbie @ Stitchin' Therapy.  I'm sad to say that Debbie passed away earlier this week.  She was a very talented quilter and will be greatly missed.

Got favorites???

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

About the table covering, Joyful...

No worries, dear reader!  I'm getting to that.  Since it was Bright and/or Light BLUE month at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I pulled out this overflowing Quilted Scrap Basket:

You can find the tutorial HERE.


What happened next was some sorting...

... And some sewing:

That was followed by a snip and a trim and MORE sewing...

You see, I decided to give the Jelly Roll Race method a try:

This was the result of sewing 15 or so scrappy 1.5" strips together:

At this point...

I wasn't loving the vertical lines going up and down the length of the little runner.  I opted for one more slice and an adjusted outcome.  For that, I stitched several short scrap strips to add to either end...

7" x 18"

... Along with another, which I added to the center.  That row can be found marked by the yellow pin at near the top left of the photo below:

Quilting followed:

More quilting followed that:

Whoops!  I matchstick quilted ANOTHER mini quilt:


All that remained was the binding:

I made my selection from the following:

Here is my April TABLE SCRAPS Challenge piece...


In place on my sewing table:

Now, it's your turn to share your "table scraps" project for this month's Challenge.  Add your link below and make sure to include a link to this post in the one you share:

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

Linking up with Alycia for 
With Cynthia for


  1. Great runner. Perfect size for your machine.

  2. OWO I love your runner Joy! It is just perfect for your sewing machine.
    The Link Party botton isn't showing for me... Don't know if the problem is only for me or what happens.

  3. Love the runner Joy! The link appears to be missing...

  4. What a pretty runner, and photographed against your pretty flowers! Neat quilting too.

  5. I wondered where you were going with that! You surprised me. Yes, there is no link! You are probably trying desperately to fix it! Look for a 2nd email from me as soon as I get to my desk computer.

  6. Very, very cool way to use up WIP blocks I might not really want to make a quilt from anymore. What wonderful inspiration!!! I love your strippy mini!

  7. Now that's what I should have done for this month's runner, but no, I decided to make a zigzag one and so I'm not likely to have it finished by Sunday night. I'm still making the HSTs. I made a version of Debbie's Hot Dish Chain into a small runner last year and it occurred to me that I should post it to IG as a memorial to Debbie and all she taught me. She will be missed.

  8. I love that one, Joy! Fun that you had it going one way, but changed your mind, recut, and magically made the strips go the other way. The quilting is perfect for the design, too. Now you have me wanting to go sew up some scrappy blue strips!

  9. Love your blues!!! It really turned out beautifully!

  10. The horizontal orientation is more appealing, Joy. Great assortment of blues!

  11. its a cover up, lol
    so clever... your little runner is an inspiration to use our strips. Simple repeating lines, fun to make, and so lovely to look at. Makes me want to stop everything and make one. I'll join the party tomorrow!

  12. Why have I never thought to make a runner for under my machine? So clever and beautiful!

  13. Your table runner is beautiful! Love these blue strips, and quilting lines ;)

  14. I like it, and isn't it fun to keep playing with a design until it pleases you!

  15. I really like your design this month. And, it was great to read how you made changes to your original design when you realized it didn't work for you. You've got a nice mat for your machine. (You'll need to remove if from under the machine every once in a while to admire how lovely it is!

  16. So pretty... I know your machine loves it!
    Thanks for hosting the party!

  17. Too cute!! and perfect for your sewing machine!

  18. It is always fun to see how quilters are turning their scraps into lovely table toppers. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  19. Pretty and calming in blue. I like all the lines you quilted in it.


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