Friday, April 29, 2022

April 2022 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party


Welcome to the April 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 PINK so I brought out my scrap basket to see what might inspire me:


I selected some Orphan blocks and stitched them into a square:

That might have been an overstatement, but I really wanted to prove that the person who abandoned them probably gave up on them too soon.  I also found a fun scrap that might serve as a focal point:

What happened next was serendipitous...

Jo @ ButterZ posted about the  Zippered Placemat that she was making.  That reminded me that I still hadn't tried the TUTORIAL that she shared during the August 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  Thanks, again, for writing up those instructions per my request after seeing your July 2021 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry HERE.  The placement of the zipper has changed in the ensuing months and I still needed to "wing it" when it came time to install my zipper.  (No worries, Jo!  I've always had a zipper phobia when it came to adding them to any of sewn item.)


I started building around the Pinwheels:

I made a few adjustments:

For the backing, I used an offcut from the 2021 Positivity Prize quilt:

Thanks, Astrid!!  :o))

What thread should I use???  Once I unspooled a length of each, there was a clear winner:

Here it is, all layered up:

Matchstick quilting (with that dusty PINK thread) for the win:

But WAIT!!!  There's more...

Yes, that IS a zipper you see in the photo below:

I used an unconventional method for the installation...

And added some extra lines of stitching to cover my less than stellar zip skills:

All that's left is the binding:

Does my label count for the WORDS prompt???

Binding going on next:

I present my April 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

Where's your WORDS, Joyful???

Well, about that...

I tested out this paint marker on a couple of scraps, but it didn't work very well, as evidenced by the wet spots, but NO COLOR:

Then, I tried my PrismaColor pencils with no better result:

That left me to add "stealth words" in the utensil pocket, written with a good old Sharpie marker:

What's next, Joyful???

May will be here soon.  I wonder what the Color of the Month will be?  Angela will let us know in good time, but...

May's theme is:


A project made from squares?  A square project?  Even a cube will do!!  You may have a fun fabric in your stash that is printed with squares.  I'll be looking forward to seeing where YOU go with this prompt!

NOTE:  Angela announced ? for May.  (I will update here, as well as post 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 PINK and/or WORD-y project in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Monday, May 2nd @ 11:59PM (EDT).

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

Sharing with Cynthia


  1. Oh boy! I love your Famished Flamingo! Well done. Friday AM I will go check out the tutorial you referenced. My post will publish 4am MDT, I’ll link up as I sip my first cup of coffee! 🙂

  2. I made the above Anonymous comment last night from my iPad. The comment section did not allow me to comment as me! But this am on my Mac, it works. Go figure! Absolutely love the placemat!

  3. That is such a fun placemat! I think the zip looks great, and I love the sneaky words inside.

  4. I've been following along with this year's Table Scraps, even though I haven't been making small projects - YET! This zippered placemat was a very clever idea!

  5. Well done. I am very proud of you for completing the placemat

    1. From ButterZ. iPad only allows me as anonymous

  6. Those orphans are certainly family now! That is a beautiful table mat, love the matchstick quilting. My zipper installation is always unconventional . ;) Nice job Joy!

  7. That is so fun, Joy! I've been wanting to try Jo's tutorial, too. I love the flamingos, and that you used up a few orphan blocks for this one. The Table Scraps Challenge is perfect for orphan blocks! Off to write my post!

  8. I'm delinquent again and make no promises for May as it looks to be a bit chaotic on my end. But I'm with you all in spirit.

  9. You always have such great ways to use up scraps. This is really inspiring. Wish I lived close enough to do your zippers for you. But you did a great job on this one!

  10. You did a great job with the challenge this month. A zipper! Brave lady (they intimidate the heck out of me!)

  11. So where do comments disappear to????
    Joy, your table scraps project turned out so cute! The zippered silverware section is a great idea to keep it altogether. Especially for a picnic or such.

  12. What a cute idea to have a zippered placemat.

  13. Try double sided tape on your zippers, or a glue stick. It aves a lot of stress.

  14. Very clever, Joy, and the zipper is a neat idea! Stealth lettering and all!

  15. Hi Joy, what is a great placemat. Good job on the zipper (also not my favourite thing!) Thanks for hosting - I'm having lots of fun coming up with something at the last minute :-) Take care


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