Sunday, October 31, 2021

Sew Some Love Sunday - Positivity QAL - The Block Drive - Exhausted

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  The last update was a couple of months ago.  Our "Piecing Fairy" was busy with other projects and I've been busy moving house, so not much was happening with the Positivity QAL Block Drive here at The Joyful Quilter.

Until recently...

I heard from Maggie last week, but already had an LWR post scheduled.  She has been sewing up at the lake and had good new for us.

Take a look at what Maggie made...

Not ONE, but TWO more quilt tops for the Positivity QAL:

Yay!!  These two finish up the last 96 blocks from the Positivity Block Drive that I hosted here and on the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry in conjunction with the Positivity QAL hosted by Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts.  We've missed the finishing deadline, but the need for quilts is ongoing.  Our quilts, whenever they are finished, will be welcomed gratefully.

Sending out a special THANK YOU to ALL who donated blocks!!  These two bring our total to SIX quilt tops to benefit the Mercyful Quilts program hosted by Bernie @ Needle and Foot Fine Fabrics.

THREE from Preeti and Maggie
ONE more from the Quilting Knitters and my generous readers

Until next time...
Do SEW much good!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 44

Welcome to Week 44 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  We've got company, so YOU get an abbreviated look at my week.

SUNDAY - Sew Some Love Sunday and a trip to the old house for another load of stuff.  Traffic was a bit of a nightmare!  This is the only bit of Light/Bright GREEN for the day, but hopefully not the only bit for the week:

MONDAY - Mini Monday

TUESDAY - Tidy Up Tuesday and a prize drawing!!  It was also my Monthly Evening Bee meeting night (which I didn't remember until 5PM.)  Members came in dribs and drabs, but overall, it was a small gathering on Zoom:

Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

THURSDAY - ZoomBEE met this morning, as this week's hostess just had her COVID vaccine booster yesterday and wasn't sure how she would feel today.  The following members were in attendance:

Without, then with attendee number ten.  Oops!

FRIDAY - In the wee hours of the morning, the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge/Link Party  for October went live here on the blog.  If YOU have a scrappy table covering, feel free to join the fun!

ZoomKNIT - LIVE @ Beth's.  That's me in the middle sporting Bright GREEN for my friends at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

After picking up a quick lunch and doing some cleaning at the old house, the truck from ReStore arrived to pick-up our This End Up family room furniture.  There's no place for it in the new house.  I got back in the car to see this yellow light illuminated on the dashboard.  Any VW owners out there have any idea what it means???  Never mind...

... Google to the rescue:

VW Passat Lights Fault Warning Light
Lights Fault
Warning light name: VW Passat lights fault warning light.
Description: This warning light comes on due to a fault in the vehicle lighting. Check all lights and change bulb if required. This may also indicate a fault in the dynamic cornering light.
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.

Until next time...

Friday, October 29, 2021

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

Welcome to the October 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 MONDAY, November 1st @ 11:59 PM. (EDT.)

This is my entry, as seen on our coffee table:

Here is October's inspiration photo for the light side of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month:

Lisa Amann 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 for the Beanstalk Table Runner @ Scrapdash.

I found the following from Sarah Goer Quilts thanks to her participation in #WIPsBeGone with Leanne @ Devoted Quilter.  Sarah will be working on her Tic Tac Toe quilt by Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts.

This runner is another little gem found by Kat.

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???

Well, if you read my blog often, you may have seen THIS POST, which was released last week.  This month's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry served double duty, but I'll post a few pictures for those of you who have just happened by...

Fabric selections from my scrap bins:

Blocks waiting to be assembled into a quilt top:

The completed table topper:

Linking up with Alycia
Finished (Or NOT) Friday


Sharing (on Sunday) with Cynthia

And, with that...

It's time to add your own projects to the Table Scraps Link Party below!!  Here's hoping that YOU had better luck on finishing up your runner/topper/placemat, etc.  Here's hoping you have fun with Light/Bright GREEN or Light Neutrals next month, as I'm pretty sure those are the only colors remaining for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

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

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 23 - Jane from Australia

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s) here at The Joyful Quilter!!  The end of another month is quickly approaching.  Jane emailed this morning.  Right on schedule!  She is SEW good about submitting her TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.

Her October entry is another beauty...

A very modern looking runner:

This is the story that Jane shared along with her photo...

A few months ago I made a quilt for my husband’s ophthalmologist who has been marvellous to him/us. I knew his favourite colour was blue, and remembered a quilt I had seen a lot of years ago. I have no idea when/where so can’t give any credit.

As the type of piecing was not usual for me, I drew and printed paper templates and pieced directly onto them. I made enough blocks for a row and it lived on our table for a week or so while we decided we liked it enough to go ahead.

After the quilt was finished and gifted, my husband asked me to actually make a table runner similar to the test run and now it is also finished. I only made 5 blocks as the length of the 8 blocks in the queen size quilt was too long for the table.

Thanks again Joy for the challenge and for posting my runner each month.  I have a few more ideas darting around for the next couple of months. The challenge has kept me on track so far…

Share the quilty love for Jane's project in the comments below.  I know that you enjoyed seeing her stunning modern (quilt and) runner as much as I did!  Thank you for sending photos for the blog, Jane.  I'm happy to post them to inspire others to USE those scraps we quilters are SEW busy generating with each project we create!

Link Party REMINDER...

The October 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be open from  Friday, October 29th @ 12:01 AM - MONDAY, November 1st @ 11:59 PM.  Will YOU be joining in the scrappy fun?

Until next time...
Run(ner) off those empty tables!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Tidy Up Tuesday and the Masala Box Prize Patrol

Welcome to the latest edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  Last week, I posted a new edition of Wonderful Wednesday featuring my version of Preeti's Masala Box quilt pattern, shown below on my porch swing:

Now, I'm here with an announcement because when I participate in a Blog Hop, there is generally a prize drawing...

But, since this was an informal Blog Hop, I wasn't sure that there would be a prize.  Lucky for you, Preeti has offered a FREE pattern to ONE LUCKY READER!!!  In my quilt reveal post, I mentioned that I would be drawing the winner on Tuesday, October 26th @ noon (EDT.)

Guess what???

That's today.  :o))

Special thanks to Preeti for sponsoring this prize!!

And the winner is...

Deb A.

Congratulations, Deb!!!  She has been notified via email.  Deb blogs @ Happy to be Scrappy.  Stop by and let her know that I sent you.    Don't forget to visit Preeti's Etsy shop to get your own copy of her fast and fun new pattern.

Until next time...
Quilt to WIN!!!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Mini Monday - Guild Challenge - Happiness Is

Welcome to another edition of Mini Monday!!!  Most of you had a chance to see bits and pieces of my 2021 Guild Challenge project over the last several weeks, but this is the full-on "How It Was Made" post for my records (and your viewing pleasure.)

Happiness Is...

My response to that prompt was the following:

A rainbow of colors and a handful of scraps!!!

I started with Light/Bright GREEN for October's Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month and added in the other Modern rainbow colors of bright pink, yellow, aqua, and purple required by the challenge guidelines:

I did have to...

... Do some switching around...

... To get the color balance that I was looking for:

My inspiration...

... Came from a link provided by Kat @ Scrapbox Quilts:

One of her links took me to the tutorial page @ I'm Feelin' Crafty...

... Where this Low Volume, Bright Contrast Crosses Postage Stamp Block for do Good Stitches caught my eye as the perfect starting point for use with my colorful scraps, along with a baggie of black and white prints which (if memory serves me correctly) I believe was a gift from Wanda @ Exuberant Color:

I changed things up to create a rectangular design:

Ultimately, I decided that the weight of the black plus would look better at the bottom of my little quilt:

More changes happened prior to assembly...

I really wanted to use this sweet snail print, but it didn't work:

This tonal MIGHT work...

... But what about this floral???

Well, THIS one certainly doesn't fit with the other green squares!!!

The purple...

Needed some consideration, as well:

The black Plus also needed a bit of work, too:

My good friend @britt_quilts helped with both of those selections and other Instagram friends got a preview of the following photo as a bit of a teaser.  It's my stack of squares, all ready to be sewn:

A week before the deadline, assembly began...

... But not without one final change to the squares in the corners:

This small pile of (leftover) scraps is all that remained on my cutting table from my original fabric pull:

Once I tucked those away, pressing came next...

... And was quickly followed by row assembly:

After a final press, my challenge entry was layered for...

... Some simple straight line quilting:

Apparently, as I was applying the binding I was also (unknowingly) playing a game of Bobbin Chicken, which I won:

This is my completed 12.5" x 15.5" mini quilt, which was well within the "No More Than 24" On a Side" Challenge rule:

Here is a close-up of the darling scraps included in my project:

And one last look, as it appeared on the table at our 1st in-person Quilt Guild meeting in a year and a half:

Whooping it up with Sarah



October's Monthly Mini

This project was also on my Fall 2021 (Ravelry) UFO Club List.  Check mark on another finish.  Whew!  What a good feeling that is.

Until next time...
Quilt for joy!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sew Some Love Sunday - LWR - Quilt Top #21

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  It's been a while since the last update for the Lutheran World Relief Quilt Drive.  I got a special surprise at my Weekly Quilt Group on Thursday.

Let me tell you about it...

Linda took a block kit, but hadn't been able to sew up her blocks until this summer.  As is the case sometimes, the blocks sat for a month or so before she had a chance to assemble the quilt top.

Last week, Linda had the good fortune to sew with Maggie up at the lake.  This quilt top (and several more projects) resulted:

She did a great job with her scrappy kit of random colors assembled from the squares contributed by Nann @ With Strings Attached: using the Carpenter's Square Layer Cake pattern available HERE from Pineapple Fabrics:

Special thanks to Candy for the sashing fabric to help Linda finish off the quilt top!  This one will either wait to be fit into Britt's rotation or wait for my longarm to be fixed.  I'm not quite sure when that's going to happen, though.  Rest assured, I will let you know when the quilt has been completed.

If you are new here, you can check out the other LWR quilts by following THIS LINK.  The Quilt Drive has been ongoing for the past 14 months and many friends have helped out along the way.  It's been SEW amazing to be a part of this special project.

Sharing with Cynthia

Until next time...
Quilt to give!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC21 - Week 43

Welcome to Week 43 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  It was another busy week in Joyful Quilterland.  Not much sewing, though.

Let's have a look at how the days ebbed and flowed...

SUNDAY - Memories of a Sew Day with the Three Musketeers:

I spent the afternoon cutting up perfectly good T-shirts for my next T-Quilt:

Make that my next TWO T-Shirt quilts:

MONDAY - Tonight was turn-in night for my Guild Challenge titled Happiness is a Rainbow.  The 18 participants were required to make a quilt at a max of 24" square, using a minimum of 1sq. inch of each of the Modern Rainbow colors - bright pink, lime, yellow, aqua, and purple.  They were encouraged to make a quilt that makes them happy or one that answered the prompt "Happiness is..." and the photo shown below was my entry:

Scrap Happy
~12.5" x 15.5"

TUESDAY - I spent the day working on this quilt:

Then had my weekly Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

I know it's not our regular day, but I was scheduled to help my MIL with packing up her house tomorrow (or rather keep her occupied while the packers packed, as they charge by the hour and she might feel the need to supervise!)


LeeAnna and I were talking about our plans for the 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I dragged out my RSC drawer to show her my various block collections.  Lo and behold, when I opened the package that was shoved in the front of the drawer, LOOK what I found:


Today was a day that I was running from dawn to dusk!  Pack at my MIL's house was replaced by appointments, meetings, and...

A meet-up at Pineapple Fabrics with Sue @ Knitty Quilter:

While there, I made sure to take a photo of this quilt for Knittingsuek...

... And I also got a photo of this one for LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color, as she is making wine bottles for the RSC:

Those photos were to show that I was thinking of them and this one is a shot of "the one that got away."  I was really trying to be good, but this one was darling, as well as on the "by the pound table", but I didn't NEED it, so I put it back:


I did end up with two other fabrics that I didn't NEED, either:

THURSDAY - ZoomBEE LIVE @ Carol's driveway:

Sorry, Ruth!!  I manage to cut your head off (again!)

Light/Bright GREEN at the thrift store for my RSC friends:

That couch and this book...

... By the woman who taught me how to hand quilt all those many years ago, stayed at the store to remain available for someone who want to learn from one of the best:

FRIDAY - Knit Group was canceled, so a trip to the local Big Box hardware store was on today's agenda.  This carpet and flooring will be installed at the old house in the coming weeks:

Photo Currently Unavailable!!

Oh!  My new sofa was delivered yesterday...

... Along with the matching love seat and its former owner, my MIL, who temporarily moved in with us after selling her home.  She'll be off to Florida before long, but she doesn't want to move the furniture to her new home.  Goodbye, faithful (25y.o.) formal living room furniture:

Looking at the photo above, I see that a new paint color may be in order for the living room.  Ugh!  The list of projects continues to grow.

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.

Until next time...