Sunday, March 6, 2022


Rhythm & Repetition

Welcome to The Joyful Quilter!!  And... Welcome back to the wonderful world of Project QUILTING hosted by Kim Lapacek @ Persimon Dreams!!  This post is outlining the 5th Challenge of Season 13.  Trish Frankland @ QuiltChicken is the creator of the crazy challenges that participants face and this week she went to the heart of the matter in assigning our prompt.

FAIR WARNING:  It's a wild ride, but oh SEW rewarding!

Challenges are given and start to finish you have ONE WEEK to complete your project.  PQ 13.5 can be found at THIS LINK.

Step One...

Read the instructions to see what is required of the fifth challenge.

Here's what Trish had to say:

...  In language, music, and visual art repetition is used for effect. It can be used to create calm and peace – a feeling of Zen brought on by doing, seeing, or hearing the same thing over and over again. When you know what to expect, your mind is at ease.


“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day.” – Macbeth, in “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare


Conversely, the disruption of rhythm can be used to cause tension and drama: to draw attention to a point in its difference from the norm.


One of the most basic principles of quilted piecework is repetition – traditional quilts use one or more blocks, pieced identically or in variety, and arranged to create a visual rhythm. Alternately, the repetition of a color scheme across dissimilar blocks or shapes can unify a quilt and tie together a sampler.


Let’s play with repetition and the creation of rhythm in this week’s challenge!

Trish also provided links to a couple of inspiring articles on the subject:

Step Two...

Allow myself to get a little excited about this challenge.

Why, Joyful???

Well, clicking through the provided links, I only got as far as the first paragraph of the second link for inspiration to strike!

Step Three...

Review the rules:

Rule 1: There must be something in your project intentionally repeated 3 or more times for visual effect.
Rule 2: You have one week to meet the challenge. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline – that is, started on or after noon February 27th, 2022, and linked up by noon Central Time March 6th, 2022.

Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.

Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements: include patchwork, include appliqué, have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

Step Four...

Reread the following paragraph from the Flyeschool article:

Repetition, Rhythm and Pattern.
Repeating art elements in regular or cyclical fashion to create interest, movement, and/or harmony and unity. Rhythms can be random, regular, alternating, flowing, and progressive. Classes of pattern include mosaics, lattices, spirals, meanders, waves, symmetry and fractals, among others.

Something about the classes of patterns registered with me.

The flicker of an idea seemed to solidify and I drew up a plan:

Step Five... 

Gather supplies - this time, a little bin of scraps that has been waiting for its turn to be transformed:

Here is a sampling of my construction process...

(Scroll down to the bottom of the post NOW, if you don't care to see a blow by blow of the making of my quilt.)


I started with a single horizontal row in YELLOW shown below, which as luck would have it, turned out to be the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month for March:


The plan changed - again:

Random progress throughout the week...

Squaring up the HSTs:

Beginning the assembly process:


Testing out some sashing:

A big push during my (Virtual) Sew Day yesterday...

... Found me finishing up the units:

Selecting additional sashing:


Putting the pieces together:

I ended with a completed top the size of a standard piece of paper:

DS1 was visiting, so I took a break to spend some time with him, but after dinner, I headed back up to the studio to choose a scrap of batting and backing:

Quilting came next:

That didn't take long since I've going minimal with my quilting:

With a little more than 24 hours until the deadline...

(Thanks to DS1...) My mini was ready for binding:

Just about 1.5 hours shy of the Noon CST deadline...

I present my completed entry for PQ 13.5:

There is usually a reason that I participate in these challenges...

... And this time is no different.  That little bin of scraps that you saw the top of the page (Thank you, Ruth S!) was stomping its feet, demanding to be given a chance to fulfill its destiny as a gallery wire mini.  Too bad the gallery wire hasn't been installed in my new studio.  :o((

There you have it...

Process, product, and the REAL reason for accepting this Challenge.

Follow THIS LINK to the Season 13 overview.  Check back on the Challenge release days (or sign-up to be notified automatically) and there may be one that YOU just can't resist.

It's a SHORT turnaround time!

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, that doesn't HAVE to be insurmountable.  With a little creativity and a few evenings, you really CAN do this!  My project was begun the same day the prompt was announce, but still was only finished with a couple of hours until the deadline.  I'm SEW looking forward to seeing what all the other entrants made.

Until next time...
Eat. Sleep. QUILT. Repeat!!!

Remember:  If I can do this, YOU can do it, too!

(Plus, there's a spot to post your completed Project QUILTING inspired projects AFTER the deadline for any of the challenges.)

Linking up with Cynthia


With Alycia


  1. Sweet little quilt. Orange, yellow, & green ... cheerful, bright, and sunny!

  2. Another challenge that's well done, Joy! Holy moly, are all your scraps that well organized? You put me to shame...hanging head very low here. You've now got a bright, pretty spring mat to show off those colors!

  3. Love this one and hopefully that basket of scraps is happy to have been made into a pretty quilt for the wall..... sounds like hubby's to do list need to move that one to the top!

  4. I love that one, Joy! A lot of HSTs to square up, but a very happy result!

  5. very encouraging to others Joy... and congrats on really putting a lot of thought into what the prompt meant for you. That's a big part. Lots of design decisions in this too. Great job girl!

  6. You never disappoint on this challenge. I love the springtime colors you used - I really want spring to get here. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  7. such fun! Love the color combos and that you used different orientations for the zigzags ;)

  8. Nice to see an artist at work! pretty results!

  9. Love this! Great use of hst's, very pretty.

  10. Oh I think I hear those scraps sighing in relief that they got used! Very cute mini:)

  11. I LOVE it! enJOY seeing your process of idea as well.

  12. I enjoy reading about folk's process and this was interesting to me, Joy. It's very interesting how those elements and scraps came together in an overall pleasing to the eye way. Very nice! BTW, is that your deck right now...mine is under 3 feet of snow still. Sigh


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