Monday, May 31, 2021

The Guest Blogger(s) - No. 14 - Connie Quilts RED

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  I was wondering if I would hear from Connie.  This afternoon, she chimed in with new of her May 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.

Here's what she had to say...

The May link up has been terrific. I've enjoyed seeing the wide variety of projects from the mug rugs to the large table runners and toppers. All of the different ways that red has been used was amazing!

My stash is very short on red. As a result, I didn't have much red in my scraps piles, boxes and bags. I found inspiration this month from machine embroidery designs that had been purchased years ago at Embroidery Library:


These four placemats will be donated to the local senior center. And, they will be the start of using more red in future projects:

Many new blocks and quilt projects are swirling around in my brain. I am trying to finish two old, old UFO'S. The red inspirations could become competition for them. Of course, the new purple RSC is also on my mind.

Radiant RED placemats...

Thank you for sharing your embroidered Challenge entry with us, Connie!  I appreciate the fact that you have allowed me to show your work here on the blog.

Share the quilty love for Connie's project in the comments below.  I know that YOU enjoyed seeing her placemats as much as I did!  Thank you, again, Connie!

Link Party Reminder...

The May 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be open this coming (U.S. Memorial Day holiday) weekend with extended hours!!  Friday, May 28th @ 12:01 AM - MONDAY, May 31st @ 11:59 PM.  I'm hoping that YOU will join us.

Until next time...
Place(mat) quilts on those tables!!

Mini Monday - IG InspiRED

Welcome to another edition of Mini Monday!!  I've got a story for you.  Be fair warned.  It was a total DrEAMI moment.  Wonder of wonders, I finished this post just in time to join Sandra @ Mmm Quilts for her monthly Link Party!

Here's the story...

It was early May.  The 3rd, to be exact.  The National Quilt Museum was celebrating its 30th anniversary.  A new IG (That's Instagram, for those not in the know.) post each day of a quilt from its collection for the entire year.  That day, the selection from a couple days earlier caught my eye and made me want to make it RIGHT THEN!!!

I chose fabrics from my scrap bin and posted my own photo to Instagram:

By that afternoon, I had my HSTs all sewn up:

A few days later, I arranged the layout during my Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

We discussed the project and what the designer's reaction might be to my enthusiastic response to her quilt.  Later that day, I decided to find out by messaging @ccpquilt on Instagram.  She is a phenomenal is a longarm quilter, as well as a generous human being!  She had no problem with me posting my small version of her quilt. You can find out more about Christine Perrigo @ Contemporary Custom Quilting her website.  Plan to be amazed!

Fast forward a couple more days and the rows were sewn:

In true Joyful fashion, the quilt top sat for several weeks, as I concentrated on other projects.  However, when I found myself with some open space at the bottom of a quilting marathon, I loaded it on...

... And quilted it up using my channel lock:

Then it sat for a few days while waiting to be trimmed up:

If you look closely, you can see it near the top of this pile of freshly trimmed quilts.  These are the quilts from that marathon session I mentioned:

Enter the All-Star Sampler Platter from The Global Quilt Connection...

During a break between classes, I chose binding for the RED quilts:

Early last week, I attached...

And sewed down the binding, using clips to hold the folded edge in place:

When it was complete I took it for a tour, to see where it fit best...

I started outside for a photo in natural light:

Afterwards, I took it back upstairs to see if it had hopes for being a Gallery Wire Mini, whether horizontally...

... Or vertically, as my inspiration piece:

It had other ideas...

When a quilt speaks, makers should listen.  This quilt wanted to be a table topper for my 2nd entry for the May 2021 TABLE SCRAP Challenge:

While it looks really pretty...

However, I couldn't stand the thought of getting coffee rings on this piece!


I tried it as a Kitchen Quilt and it felt right at home:

10" x 12"


Christine's original 50" x 70" quilt will be on view in the "Modern Quilt Guild Retrospective" exhibit through July 27, 2021.

Joining the following Link Parties:

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sew Some Love Sunday - LWR - Quilt Number Sixteen {and Seventeen}

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  I'm here to share the latest quilt finishes for the Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Drive here at The Joyful Quilter.

The front of this quilt was made by Ruth B. using squares from Nann @ With Strings Attached, along with some of her own and Ruth also added borders to this quilt top:

The backing was contributed by Suzanne in Alaska:

Thank you, to the following donors to the Batting Fund:

Alycia @ Alycia Quilts

Along with the following local contributors:
Ruth S. and Sue

Your contributions filled these quilts with snuggly warmth.

Joy layered this up on her longarm and quilted it using a technique called Dwirling.  It's a favorite of Mary @ Making Scrap Quilts from Stash developed by Dawn Ramirez, The Pajama Quilter.  Unfortunately, her DVDs are no longer available (and I forgot to add the wave rows between the swirl rows.)

I'm pleased to present LWR Quilt Number Sixteen:

The binding for this quilt was supplied by Libby @ Life on the Hill.  That binding was applied...

... And sewn down by Joy:

What a wonderful example of the phrase "Many hands make light work."  Thank you, quilters!!  I appreciate each and every one of you.

Same stats, different quilt...

With the exception of the binding, which came from Nann:

I remembered the "rest" row...

... On Quilt Number Seventeen:

The pieced backing was donated by Suzanne in Alaska:

Thank you to all who contributed to the making of these two quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  If you can believe it, there are STILL more to come.  My heart is filled with gratitude for the generosity of my readers and friends.

Until next time...
Sew some LOVE!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 22

 Welcome to Week 22 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week brings us close to the end of RED month.  Are YOU still sewing your scraps?  I am.

Let's have a look at this week's productivity...

SUNDAY - Sew Some Love Sunday follow the link, if you didn't see this post.

I spent this afternoon (and yesterday, too) with Lyric Kinard and the Global Quilt Connection for their All-Star Sampler Platter, an afternoon of nine quilting-related demos and some helpful Zoom tips:

MONDAY - A new edition of Mail Call Monday was published today and you will want to see my finished project:

TUESDAY - I spent a portion of my day finishing up another RED project.  You can get a glimpse of the binding application below:

Tonight was the first in-person Evening Quilt Bee meeting in many months.  We met across from the local Whit's Frozen Custard shop, brought Show and Tell, and enjoyed each other's company:

- The Guest Blogger(s) post went live with Jane's entry for the May 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.

Zooming with LeeAnna this afternoon, with video AND sound on the same device!  What a treat after last week's technical difficulties:

After dinner I went out to get some photos for this weekend's Sew Some Love Sunday post.  RED was involved:

THURSDAY - A new edition of The Guest Blogger(s) was released.  Be sure to check out the double shot from Miss Pat!!

ZoomBEE met with these eleven quilters in attendance:

Later in the day, I finished off another donation quilt.  More on that another day:

FRIDAY - ZoomKNIT met this morning with a skeleton crew:

Vacation, appointments, and technical difficulties kept the others away.  :o((

I took some time to sew the rows of a UFO...

... And finish off yet another donation quilt:

The highlight of my day was when Needleb stopped by to drop off my Birthday Quilt UFO (top completed in 2017!) which she had recently finished quilting.  More on this once I finish up the binding.  To give you an idea on just how excited I was... I came in and trimmed up the quilt IMMEDIATELY:

Add your link to the May 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge, if you made a scrappy table covering this month.  (Can't believe that I left it out of my post for more than half the day!!)

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.

If you read the fine print, you might have noticed that Angela announced PURPLE would be our Color of the Month for June.  That gives me an idea about what I want to work on.  It just may be that I might even complete one of my older UFOs.  Stay tuned.  :o))

Until next time...

Friday, May 28, 2021

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

Welcome to the May 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, May 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST.)

This month's photo inspiration:

Photo by Cassidy Mills 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...

Thank you to Judy @ Busy Hands Are Happy Hands for providing this months runner and topper links!  Judy had the following ideas for us:

I follow Connie Kresin Campbell at Freemotion by the River. She has a lot of tutorials and many free patterns. This is one that always catches my eye.

It reminds me that you can always take 3 or so blocks, 8” or 9”, add some sashing and boom you have a table runner! I have a small dining room buffet, inherited from my mom! Some larger patterned runners are too big so I am always looking for an alternative! 

And I just found this video tutorial on MSQC.  It's called Patriotic Periwinkle Table Topper.

And Amy at Diary of a Quilter has some great ones too. 

And I got my I Heart Mini pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew.  Allison has some awesome ideas.

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 covering, Joyful???

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

You can find the tutorial HERE.


What happened next was some pulling of 2.5" strips for and a chunk of background fabric for the blocks going down the center of my Red Braid table runner:

... And some trimming, followed by sewing the pieced section:

Once that was done, it was off to the Design Floor...

The question became matched...

... Or unmatched pairs:

It was at this point that I exercised my Phone a Friend option.  Needleb was happy to weigh in on the matter and then I was back at the machine to make a start.  So far, so good:

It was surprising how quickly the runner grew, as a rhthym developed:

A rhythm of match, sew, press.  Match, sew, press.  Until my machine had a little hiccup:

With the machine cleaned, I continued until it was time to cook dinner:

After dinner, I finished up the top of my TABLE SCRAPS runner and tested it out on the longarm table:

And one on the back of the living room sofa:

The backing was chosen, then quilt was layered and quilted:

Binding came next and I made my selection from the following scraps from Libby @ Life on the Hill:

Here is my May 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge piece...


In place on my dining room table, but you'll find more information about this project HERE:

It's time to add your own projects to the Table Scraps Link Party below!!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
Until next time...
It's a Cover Up!!!