Friday, August 26, 2022

August 2022 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Welcome to the August 2022 edition of the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge here at the Joyful Quilter!!  I'm a scrap quilter who is really enjoying this challenge.  I'm SEW grateful that some of my blog friends decided to join me!  Thanks for stopping by to see what we have made this month.

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!)

I offer a prompt to help get participants' 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 July'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.

August's theme was...


Here's what I did with that...

The Color of the Month was ORANGE so I had a look at my overflowing scrap basket to see what I might find:


There is (still) a stack of boxes in front of that portion of the Scrap Center, but there just happened to be a UFO on the end of the cutting table:

 I promptly chose one of the bicycle backing scraps provided by my friend Maggie for the purpose of finishing this little project... LAST YEAR, but please don't judge me - I was a LITTLE busy:

Around the middle of the month, I decided that it was about time to cut out the "T" (for University of Tennessee - Knoxville) out to attach to the top:

A few days later, I selected threads to stitch the "T" down.  If you look closely, you can see a bit of embroidery floss waiting for the embroidery portion of the process.  That comes compliments of my good friend Britt.  Thanks, B!  Now, if I can just get from here to there:

With a scrap of batting in hand, I was ready to layer the pieces...

... For quilting...

But I'm going to HAVE to tackle that stack of boxes, if I want an ORANGE binding:

I present my August 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge entry:


You probably want to see the completed mug rug...

The binding fabric was (thankfully) located in the 6"-strip drawer.  No (box) mountain climbing was required in the finishing of this project.  Whew!!


I finally dragged the bag of crushed walnut shells out of the back of my car:

Please note that I added French knots (shown above) and Cross stitches (shown below) to the pin cushion that was started last month:

This is the other side of the completed pin cushion:

Special thanks to Diane @ Stitch Studio for these fun (already pieced) little quilt blocks!

What's next, Joyful???

September will be arriving next week.  There are only a few more color that the Color of the Month could be!  Angela will let us know soon enough, but...

Since autumn is on the way September's theme is:


NOTE:  Angela announced Light BLUE for September.  (I will updated the 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge tab at the top of my blog as soon as it was announced.)

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your ORANGE and/or Embroidered project in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Wednesday, August 31st @ 11:59PM (EDT).

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

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Hoping to Link Up with Cynthia
(Forgot Sunday and didn't remember until 4 hours before the deadline!)

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  1. I enjoy reading about your thought processes and seeing the end results.

  2. Cute mug rug and I love hearing your thoughts. Congrats on a second finish too! ~Jeanne

  3. I love orange stuff...and other colors stuff too, but with Fall looming closer and closer, orange is a favorite. I don’t know the significance of the T, but your table scrappy mug rug looks so inviting. And that little embroidered pincushion looks just as inviting to want to pin something...anything!

  4. That is a sweet mug rug finish for you Joy and the pincushion is adorable. Love the bicycle fabric!

  5. I might have pumpkins covered! See my entry for August! Wink,wink! Judy@Busy Hands Are Happy Hands

  6. What a cute mug rug. I'm glad that the binding was easy to access. If it's not in one pile, it might be in another! Thanks for hosting this fun party!

  7. I so love that bicycle fabric! Wow! Did I missed the information or maybe you didn't mention it but what's the T for? T = Table Scrap Challenge? Anywho! Great job on the mug rug. My project is far from complete. Sigh! ;^)

  8. That is a happy scrappy mug rug, Joy! Perfect for a Tennessee fan. I really love the bicycle print backing! Thanks for hosting this monthly challenge!

  9. I arrived here from Karen's Korner - and wont join this year - maybe next - but thanks for the heads up about light blue. Since I'm behind on my Orange I can do do at a time (says she optimistically)

  10. They are both so wonderful. I love small projects like these.


  11. Cute mug rug!! I like that bicycle print you used on the back!

  12. Sorry - mine is not orange. I am a bit behind :)

  13. So much fun seeing all the orange. Great challenge, Joy!


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