Friday, December 24, 2021

December 2021 - TABLE SCRAPS Runner/Topper Challenge - LINK PARTY!!

Welcome to the December 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Runner/Topper Challenge!!  Before I say anything else, I want to say a big THANK YOU you to all who participated in this hair brained scheme of mine this year.  I absolutely love making things with my fabric scraps and I am SEW pleased that many of you joined in my scrappy quest!  Keep reading to find out about our 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  I appreciate that YOU were asking for another year of scrap sewing fun!

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter your table runner/topper, mug rug, etc. in the Link Party by MONDAY, January 3rd @ 11:59 PM (EST.)  

That's right...

My gift to you is an extended deadline, as posted above, because the last FULL weekend of December fell on Christmas weekend.  We all know how busy the holiday season can be and I wanted to make sure that YOU had enough time to join in the fun! 

Here is the color inspiration photo for this month's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

Image by Isabella and Zsa Fischer on Unsplash

I absolutely LOVE a good RAINBOW project and thought that might be a fun way to finish up the year.  As usual, any and all color combinations are welcome.  Stay tuned for information about the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge (at the end of this post.)  The team and I are making some minor adjustments.  Nothing too limiting, just adding to the inspiration and fun factor, if you are "stuck" as to what to make.  For the most part, I'll be using Angela's color selections for the 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge in my entries.

And remember...

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

Where's the table covering, Joyful???

This is my entry for the December TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

Here is how the process went...

Choose a rainbow of scraps:

Stitch pairs of scraps:

With most of the rainbow assembled, I needed to choose a layout...

More square-ular, as shown above, or the skinny runner below:

My Design Assistant (DS2) selected the skinny rectangle below...

... While I found that scrap of coordinating binding, along with a near-perfect piece of batting:

Next came the (minimal) quilting:

That quilting was followed by binding:

There you have it!  My freshly finished fun rainbow mini table mat:

The back is a scrap of dreamy night sky print that's just right for my bedside:

It measures approximately 5" x 10" and there was only about 3" of binding leftover, which I can add back to the scrap bin for the win:

Linking up with Alycia
Finished (Or Not) Friday


Sharing (on Sunday) with Cynthia
Oh Scrap!

NEW "RULES" for the New Year...

1.  For 2022, I will be offering a MONTHLY THEME OR TECHNIQUE to help inspire/inform your work.  Prompt will be released with the prior month's Link Party (Example, Dec.21 for Jan.22's prompt, as well as listed in the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge tab in the header at the top of my blog.)

2.  We will continue WORKING WITH SCRAPS from our cutting table (hence the name of the challenge.)

3.  Your ENTRIES MAY INCLUDE other small items such as basket, bags, pillows, and pin cushions (in addition to the runners/toppers/ mug rugs, etc. included in the 2021 Challenge.)

4.  While Angela offers color suggestions through her Rainbow Scrap Challenge, you are always welcome to sew with whatever scraps you choose.

January's theme:    SNOWMEN

Thank goodness for quilting friends!  (Even ones that I have never met in person.)  They were first in line to participate with me when I discussed starting the 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge and then encouraged me to continue on with a challenge for 2022.  

Many thanks to The Team:


Finished or not, join the link-up here on the blog.  Tag me on IG, if you participate that way.  Use the following:  @thejoyfulquilter and #2022tablescrapschallenge

And, with that...

It's time to add your own projects to the Table Scraps Link Party below!!  Here's hoping you had fun with a RAINBOW of scraps this month, as I'm fairly certain that it's impossible to use up ALL of our scraps, even if we participated in this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge!

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


  1. Thanks for the shout out! 2022 Table Scraps is going to be SEW much fun! I’m reading this late PST on Thursday night! I see no link up! Hope it will fix itself by the time I’m ready with my post! Happy Holidays Everyone!

  2. Love your rainbow mug rug, Joy. It is just perfec for celebrating a complete Table scraps rainbow year. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Such a fun rainbow scrappy mini table mat, Joyful! I had no idea about this monthly scrappy challenge. I’m going to try joining in for 2022. I have an idea what I want to accomplish by next December and this challenge just might help me get there. Snowmen is a perfect start!

  4. Very cute little snack station! Merry Christmas!

  5. #2. I love your rainbow mug mat/snack mat! It’s speaks “Joy”!

  6. LOVE your rainbow mug rug, Joy! It's just really happy! I've really enjoyed the Table Scraps challenge this year, and so glad you're continuing on for next year, too. I have some ideas already! I'll link up for this month as soon as I have my post written.

  7. I made one! I'll link up later with it when I finish the binding. Looking forward to the next year and I am happy the first month is snowmen. How fun!

  8. Well I finally got a (small) project done this month, two mug rugs, one Christmas and one floral. They were made as a thank you to a new friend who sent me a box of homemade cookies. Totally forgot to take a picture before I mailed them off.

  9. Love the idea of snowmen for January...except we don't usually do snowmen in South Louisiana, so I'll have to get creative! ;-)

  10. Love did you find the red clue?

  11. That sure is a happy little rainbow mug rug, Joy! Thanks for the info on next year's challenge. I hope to play along again.

  12. Very fun idea and I've been wanting to make something with a snowman


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