Welcome to the March 2022 edition of the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge here at the Joyful Quilter!! I'll start with a little backstory, in case you are new here. (Apologies to my regular readers since you already know all about it.) I'm a scrap quilter who had been setting up individual challenges for several years 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 was 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.|
In 2022, we have a broader range of quilted items that are appropriate for linking to the Challenge. 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!)
There will be a prompt each month 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 February'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.
March's theme was...
Here's what transpired as a result...
The Color of the Month was YELLOW/GOLD so I brought out one of my scrap bags as the basis for my entry:
I used the leftover background bits from Sunday's Project QUILTING entry...
What happened next, Joyful???
I cut out some 1.5" squares and got to work:
That's where I veered off the "traditional" path!!
I noticed a T-shirt scrap from my current commission and it looked like it might be the right color for a border, as my piece had turned out rather small:
Once the scrap was stabilized, cut into strips and attached to my little quilt top, I layered it up with a piece of scrap batting:
OK that left only the quilting and binding to be done...
|~ 5.5" x 8"|
Boom! Done. :o))
I hope you like my latest mug rug. It was a fun little project!
But WAIT!!! There's more...
I forgot to add this for the early readers, but YOU get to see the alteration that I made (and neglected to share before the post went live.) I decided to go back in with some quilting in the borders:
Felt that it needed a bit of embellishment. I used the same sweet floral print and free cut half-inch circles to add flower "buds" to the leaves that I had quilted around the borders:
|To my eye, that filled out the border fullness perfectly (while adding an unexpected element to the piece.)|
What's next, Joyful???
April will be here before we know it. Since we have a few days, we may have to wait to discover the Color of the month, but...
April's theme is:
However YOU decide to interpret that!! You may have the perfect scrap of wordy fabric in your stash. Have you tried free piecing letters? It's fun! Maybe you haven't tried quilting words into your projects. SEW many options!
NOTE: A single word counts. And Angela announced PINK for April.
It's time for YOU to link up your YELLOW/GOLD and/or FLORAL project in the LINK PARTY below. All entries MUST be submitted by Monday, March 28th @ 11:59PM (EDT).
Until next time...
USE those table scraps!!!
Linking up with Alycia