Friday, May 27, 2022

May 2022 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party


Welcome to the May 2022 edition of the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge here at the Joyful Quilter!!  Thanks for stopping by to see what participants have made this month.

I'm a scrap quilter who is really enjoying this challenge. For several years, I hosted individual challenges in conjunction with Angela's (RSC) Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ So Scrappy.  Last year, I went global when I offered the 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  There were participants from around the corner, across the country and around the world.  It's been SEW much fun and we all have MORE scraps to use, so I changed the "rules" and am pleased to offer the...

Button credit to Susan @ Desert Sky Quilts, updated by me.

This year, baskets and bins, along with pillows and pin cushions, are qualifying projects.  Not just the toppers, runners, and mug rugs we focused on during the 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  This year, basically, ANY small quilted item qualifies.  The main premise is that you USE the (new or old) SCRAPS from your cutting table (or your friend's cutting table - since that's where the majority of my scraps come from!)

Each month I offer a prompt to help get your creative juices flowing.  While you are NOT required to use it in your project, the guiding word will be revealed at the end of each month's LINK PARTY post.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see May's focus.  It, along with the RSC Color of the Month (as soon as Angela releases it - around the 1st of the month) will also be added to the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge page at the top of the blog.

April's theme was...


Here's what I did with that...

The Color of the Month was Sage/Forest GREEN so I brought out my scrap basket to see what might inspire me and selected some scraps and cut a few squares:

What happened next was a really fun experiment...

Preeti, I shrunk the (Masala) Box:

Some simple straight(ish) line quilting for the imperfect "squares" that are absolutely NO REFECTION on Preeti's pattern!  I was in an improv sort of mood:

A while later, the binding was cut:

Between commission tasks, I put the binding on:

Once the commission was done, I finished this off, too:

I present my May 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

7" x 7" SQUARE-ish

What's next, Joyful???

June will be arriving before we know it.  Can YOU guess what the Color of the Month might be?  Angela will let us know soon enough, but...

June's theme is:


NOTE:  Angela announced ? for June.  (I will update on the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge tab at the top of my blog as soon as it's announced.)

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your GREEN and/or Square-ular project in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Tuesday, May 31st @ 11:59PM (EDT).

Until next time...
USE those table scraps!!!

Sharing with Cynthia

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday - The Grand T-Quilt - A UFO Club Finish

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  This one is special.  It tells the tale of a UFO Club finish, which is always a happy day for me.

The story begins...

... With the arrival of this fabulous backing fabric:

As well as the few remaining shirts to be prepared:

Before long, all of the shirts were prepped:

Here's what they looked like on the "design bed" before...

... One final switcheroo near the bottom of the "block" layout:

This is the only pieced "square" in the entire quilt, but I decided to sub it for one of the plain shirts:

As an afterthought, I decided this quilt needed some personalization...


The concept shown above was expanded with the help of a paper mock-up:

The black rectangles won out over the letters being placed directly on the T-shirt:

They were cut out of remnants of my favorite shirt in the quilt to spread that watery blue a bit further:

From here, things progressed quickly to sewn columns...

... To pairs of columns, to sections, and ultimately to a completed quilt top:

Once it hit that stage, I loaded it right up and the quilting began:

Before I knew it, the quilting was done...

... Except for the LAST TWO BLOCKS!!  Would you believe I ran out of bobbin thread?  It's true.  The 70" x 90" quilt has more than one pre-wound bobbin in it:

Then came the miles of binding, along with thread color selection:

After that, I trimmed up the quilt to ready it for the next step:

And started in on applying the binding, which was quickly followed by stitching it down:

Nothing like the LAST MINUTE to get something done:

As the plot thickened...

Thanks go out to DS2, I got a full photo of the quilt before jumping in the car to deliver it:

Not SEW fast, Joyful!!!

There was one more task to complete prior to delivery.  Leftover backing fabric was just begging to be made into a pillowcase to accompany the quilt:

The story ends with...

... One happy customer:

Thanks for trusting me with these special memories, Sue!  T-quilts are always challenging, but oh SEW rewarding. 
 Thank you to Jean for recommending me for this project!  Thanks to Leslie @ The Seasoned Homemaker for her tutorial for the Burrito Pillowcase.  The clear directions made it fairly easy for this directionally challenged quilter to add this finishing touch.

Now, let's mark one quilting UFO off the list for the Spring 2022 (Ravelry) UFO Club (and move on to finishing up another.)

Until next time...

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sew Some Love Sunday - Positivity 2022 - QAL Announced

Welcome to a new edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!  I'm stopping in to say hello and share an important announcement.

Hi, there!  I'm SEW glad you are here.

What's the BIG announcement, Joyful???

Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts has announced her plans for Positivity 2022.  I just wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it!  I know that many of you enjoy quilting for a cause.  Mercyful Quilts will be the beneficiary of your generosity.

LINK to Positivity 2022 and the schedule of events (and prizes.)

I hope this announcement peaked you curiosity and you will head over to Preeti's blog now.  Be sure to tell her that Joy sent you, if you plan to leave a comment.  :o))

Until next time...
Be SEW Positive!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC22 - Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 of the 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  First and foremost, I want to start off with a great big THANK YOU to those readers who left such kind words on last week's post about my not leaving comments or replying to very many comments for the past few weeks of the RSC.  I appreciate your understanding!  Then, I'll move on to a little bit of Sage/Forest GREEN.  The leaves of the beautiful bloom I captured out in my garden qualify - and it just might be the only thing remotely related to the Color of the Month this week:

SUNDAY - No post, as I am fully immersed in a commission quilt.  There will be something to share soon, though.  Scrappy and bright.  A true delight.

Just not this week.

MONDAY - Mini Monday (Click the link to go to today's post.)

Tonight was Quilt Guild and here I am at home...

Waiting for the Decisions, Decisions program by Carole @ From My Carolina Home to begin:

I muted myself during the program and worked on sewing these shirts into columns:

I suppose the last of the roses from our recent celebration occasion are past their prime:

TUESDAY - I spent a little time with a different kind of GREEN scraps this morning:

I sewed the fusible stabilizer release paper (and a bit of the stabilizer itself) into today's journal page:

The scrap of fabric on the righthand page inspired the color combination.
And LOOK...  There's Forest GREEN in it!

WEDNESDAY - Wonderful Wednesday  (Click the link to go to today's post.)

Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

During our call, I worked on the final block for the GrandTquilt:

THURSDAY - ZoomBEE is no more and it seems that I will have to find something else to talk about on Thursdays.  Oh, bother!  Maybe something interesting will happen at work today.  My rose bush out front is really putting on a show!  Flowers, buds, and more coming:

I tried some new-to-me techniques on today's journal page:

There's a bit of GREEN on the page, RSC Quilter friends!

- ZoomKNIT has also been discontinued and, wonder of wonders, I was able to pop in to Knit Group for a short while:

With the final column sewn into the quilt, I loaded the frame and got to work:

Sage/Forest GREEN scrappy progress.  The binding has been cut and prepared.  Now, I just need to steal a moment to apply it and stitch it down:

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.  I'll get there eventually...

Maybe not today, though.  I've got to finish that quilt before the thunderstorms arrive.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday - The Friend-ly Sew Day

Welcome to the latest edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  It's hard to believe this actually took place more than two weeks ago no. I still wanted to honor the day with its own post and share my day with you.

You see...

Needleb came over:

 She had some cutting to do and wanted to root through my purple scraps:

I took the time to load my thread racks - shown soon after that day:

I worked on my H2H quilt which is now finished - sans binding:

B's project has grown since that day, as well:

Happiness is spending quilty time with good friends:

Thanks for celebrating my friend-ly sew day with me.

Until next time...
Who is YOUR sewing partner???