Saturday, October 1, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC22 - Week 39

Welcome to Week 39 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was filled with art.  Quilty goodness?  You'll have to see for yourself.

Read on...

SUNDAY - Today began with a bit of Light BLUE... Paint.  Y is for Yarn on today's page for the ABC Printing Challenge...

... And continued with my weekly Zoom call in Sue's World:

MONDAY - I'm still taking it easy from last week's surgery, but took some time to do the final entry of the ABC Printing Challenge.  Z for Zigzag.  I went subtle with my zigs and zags, bit if you look closely, you will see them in the land, sky, and "flowers" of the abstract landscape I created:

TUESDAY - This many days after surgery, my face was swollen this morning.  (I wonder if it was because I forgot the part about NOT bending over last night when I dropped a sock??

I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with my gel pate this month.  Figuring out how to interpret each of the prompts was a lot of fun.  Here's one last page to celebrate the journey:

WEDNESDAY - Work?  Yep!  I went in just long enough to play Wordle...

And Quordle...

But it was a slow day, so I went home to do a few artsy things.  I stepped WAY outside my comfort zone in a watercolor portrait class with Jennifer Bonneteau @ Rainbow Slinger:

Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color got canceled today, as we we both trying to keep up with the lessons for a couple of art summits this week.

THURSDAY - This morning was my surgical follow-up appointment.  I wasn't prepared to look just yet, but was told that the site was looking really good.  I had a few errands to run since I (basically) hadn't been out of the house in a week.

After returning home, I watched @hueholdarts demonstrate an abstract landscape for the Life Book Taster Sessions.  This little 4" square was the result:

Tonight was my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee:

We had a couple of stragglers too...

It was so good to see everyone and have time to do a bit collage (like the Faces quilt collage from last year) in my Flowers Magic journal:

FRIDAY - Knit Group was canceled for this morning.  Thanks, Hurricane Ian!  :o(( 

I spent the afternoon listening to the wind and rain, but also did some visual journaling in my new altered book journal.  Dr. Minette Riordan with CreativeU talked us through using a poem, Morning Poem by Mary Oliver, as a jumping off point for our abstract landscape paintings.  This field of lilies is what I came away with:

RSC Quilters, there's a scrap of Light BLUE paint in the sky.


Here is the LINK for September's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge Link Party.  Be sure to check back for additional entries throughout the weekend since I got confused and released the post last weekend.  It's open through Monday, October 3rd @ 11:59 PM.

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 would imagine there might be a fair amount of Light BLUE finishes.

Until next time...

Sharing with Alycia


With Cynthia
Oh, Scrap!
(On Sunday)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 44 - Jeannie Sings the (Light) BLUES

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!  I've got an addition to this month's link party.  Jeannie's been busy, but she just checked in yesterday.

The following, from Ravelry's Quilters Knitting Group...

I was going to skip this month's Table Scraps challenge (pumpkin/blue) as I didn't have an idea.  So, I started making 18" doll quilts for foster kids gifting this holiday season.  After doing 3 of them, I realized this one was blue:

Give Jeannie's BLUE project some quilty love in the comments below.  Surely, you enjoyed seeing her sweet doll quilt project, right?  I certainly did!  Thank you for sending this photo for the blog, Jeannie.  The little quilts you are making are such a good use for those small scraps and a lovely donation for a wonderful cause, too.

Link Party REMINDER...

I accidentally rushed release of the September Link Party, but there's still plenty of time for YOU to join us with your projects filled with Light BLUE and/or PUMPKINS.  
The Light BLUE edition of the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge is still going on through Sunday, October 3rd @ 11:59 PM (EDT.)  Be sure to stop by and see all the entries then. 

Until then...
USE those (table) scraps!!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC22 - Week 38

Welcome to Week 38 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week, you just MIGHT see some scrappy sewing here on the blog.  Can you believe it?!

Just when you were beginning to think that I had stopped sewing completely...

SUNDAY - Preparing a backing for (one of) the next UFO quilts:

LOOK!!  There are Light BLUE scraps in it, RSC Quilters!!

My weekly Zoom call with Knittingsuek went long today.  We had a wonderful chat:

Later in the afternoon, I watched the Global Quilt Connection's All-Star Sampler Platter videos.  These can be accessed as an individual or through your Quilt Guild:

MONDAY - My day was filled with gelli printing...

Work and...

The Guild Challenge reveal.  My entry is on the far left:

TUESDAY - Today was another work day, but I like to do something art-y before I go.  Today's prompt for the #abcprintingchallenge was THREAD, so I pulled a length of top and bobbin thread from the sewing machine to lay on my gel plate:

Work without Wordle two days in a row?  Certainly not!  I very nearly lost...

Same with Quordle.  I really didn't think I would be able to figure it out:

Layers of circles and dots on the gel plate today.  The prompt was UPCYCLE and you'll see wine cork circles and drywall tape dots:

Zooming with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color was the day's highlight:

Multi-tasking during our call, I managed to use the British spelling of the day's #artjournalinseptember STENCILING prompt.  WHAT?!  Whatever...

THURSDAY - No Weekly Quilt Group for me!  I was up at the crack of dawn to head to Chapel Hill for surgery.  The sun was barely up when I arrived:

And then this happened:

A building evacuation is one way to break the tension!  I took it as an opportunity to art - not very well, since I was standing on the edge of the road with the card propped on a book held in my non-dominant hand as I drew the image below:

Check tomorrow's entry to see what happened with this attempt at an image transfer when I could no longer stay away from the studio this evening:

Knit Group met without me, as I wasn't up for visiting, but I did a bit of sewing...

... And removed yesterday's compression bandage to reveal the layer beneath.  The redness on my cheek in the photo is due to the pull of the tape, but that went away in a short while:

What became of the image transfer from yesterday???

Here's what I did with the splotchy (failed) attempt on the right:

Remind me NOT to use that THREADS magazine anymore!!

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.  She managed to get the party started in the midst if storm prep.  Send good wishes her way, everyone!  

Until next time...

Friday, September 23, 2022

September 2022 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Welcome to the September 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'll kick things off with what I made from the quilted scrap shown below:

I host this challenge in conjunction with Angela's (RSC) Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ So Scrappy.  It's been SEW much fun to offer the...

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

Since basically ANY small quilted item qualifies for this challenge, I scrounge through my scrap basket to see what I can come up with.  

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 is revealed at the end of each month's LINK PARTY post.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see August'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.

September's theme was...


Here's what I did with that...

The Color of the Month was Light BLUE checked my scrap basket to see what I might find to inspire me:

A big, fat NOTHING caught my attention!  However, this was hanging out on the sewing table...

What did you make, Joyful???

A mug rug, of course, thanks to the pre-sewn strip sets from my friend Diane:

Here's the completed project shown on the arm of our living room sofa...

And an even better shot on the porch swing:

I had planned to add pumpkins to my mug rug and now I can't bend over to get the pumpkin fabric, but I realized that it's totally OK because I've got pumpkin colored fabric in my entry.

Spoiler Alert!!!

I had surgery yesterday...

... And forgot something important!!

Even though my phone gave me a reminder, I neglected to release this Link Party post at the normal time.  My apologies.  I'm hoping you all will forgive me and you've got Deb @ Happy to be Scrappy to thank for the reminder.  Otherwise, I'm not sure WHEN the post would have been released!

What's next, Joyful???

October arrives next weekend.  I believe Angela said that the new Color of the Month will be Light GREEN.  Don't quote me on that, but I'll be sure to post it when I know for certain.  Until then...

October's theme is:


NOTE:  It is a completely FREE prompt.  Make something that makes you happy or something that expresses happiness (or reminds you of something I would do) and please be sure to tell us how your project fits the theme!  Angela announced LIME or Light GREEN/Light Neutrals for October.  (I updated the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge tab at the top of my blog as soon as was formally announced.)

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your Light BLUE and/or Pumpkin project in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Monday, October 3rd @ 11:59PM (EDT).  (Sorry for the confusion about the dates.  I blame it on post-surgical pain killers!  You've got a few extra days.)

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

Visit Wendy @ The Constant Quilter
for her

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday - A UFO Club Finish

Welcome to another edition of  Wonderful Wednesday!!  I'm here to share the UFO that I completed last week.  It has been a long time in the making.  Even before I had a plan for the orphan blocks that make up the center of my quilt, I knew that I wanted to sew them into a circle.  This year's Guild Challenge gave me the opportunity to do just that.

The Out of the Box Challenge...

... Asked that you do something outside your comfort zone and for me, working with batik fabrics is not something I do very often.  I raided the drawer of batik scrap (gifted to me by friends) to find pieces to make the borders necessary to bring the quilt up to size:

It took some doing...

... And more borders than I would have liked:

A few days before the deadline, my entry finally reached an appropriate size for the challenge, which ranged from a 20" square up to a 22" square or anything in between:

Just a couple of days before the deadline, it was layered for quilting and that meant curves in order to further meet the required circles, spots, dots, and/or curves that needed to be part of each participants design:

I'm a happy camper.  This is my completed quilt, with its 4-fabric, non-mitered binding - another thing that I don't do very often:

Approximately 20" x 22".

Here it is with the other entries:

Such a wonderful variety of designs, inspired by the challenge (set by me, the Challenge Coordinator, for the 2nd year in a row.)  Thank you to those members who played along!

Until next time...
Time for a happy dance!!!