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!!!

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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!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC22 - Week 37

Welcome to Week 37 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Our hostess, Angela, has the RSC Quilters working on our Light BLUE scraps.  This was a full week and some sewing was involved, but is wasn't in the Color of the Month.  As usual, I have found a way to include it, anyway.

Wanna see???

SUNDAY - This is a section of the quilt on our bed.  It was made by members of Capital Quilters Guild in Raleigh.  It's hard to believe that I won it more than 20 years ago:

My week started off with a Zoom call with Knittingsuek:

Note the Light BLUE shirt!!  :o))

The day's ABC Printing Challenge prompt was "J" for Jeans:

MONDAY - This morning, I met up with a friend and it turned into another episode of Coffee and Collage.  I transformed the pencil drawing on the left with bits of paper, some colored pencil, and a few paint pens:

Late in the day, I worked on another gel print and a journal card for the Art Journal in September challenge:

- Abstract photo?  Apparently, I moved as a was attempting to capture the sunset as we left for our evening walk:

WEDNESDAY - I finished a UFO today.  Just in time to meet the deadline!  It's my Guild challenge quilt.  I'll post about it next week.

In the meantime...

Today was a work day.  I'm pleased to say that I won at Wordle...

And Quordle, too:

It was a glorious afternoon, but for some reason traffic was at a standstill on the interstate:

Beautiful Light BLUE skies for my RSC friends.

An alternate route got me home just in time to Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

After dinner, I worked on my version of "N" for Nature gelli print:

THURSDAY - My day began with some drawing.  Below is the photo of my interpretation of the ECLIPSE prompt for Day 10 of the Inchie Challenge:

It was another work/Wordle day today:

Of course, I played (and won) the day's Quordle game, as well:

Once the work day was done, I spotted this sign as I headed downtown:

Outside my destination, this old carousel horse appears to be looking longingly at the books inside May Memorial Library.  I was on the hunt for journal material at the Used Book Sale:

He's sporting a bit of Light BLUE on his blanket.

A new Car Wash just opened and is offering FREE washes.  I can't even tell you the last time my car had a bath!

Soaped up...

And rinsed off:

FRIDAY - Knit Group turned into Coffee and Collage for me:

It was good to see these friends again:


I did quilt a scrap of Light BLUE this afternoon to test out last weekend's longarm "repair" performed by DS1.  The stitch regulator appears to be working, but the tension needs an adjustment:

Once that test was done, I headed out to Ella's to pick up a scrap bag:

Thanks, Ella!!

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.

This is where I was headed last night...

Finish It Friday:

I worked on cutting batting and backings for two 2021 Positivity quilts:

They will soon be quilted and once the cutting was done, I drew my LAST square for the Inchie Challenge.  The prompt was INTERWOVEN:

With my drawing complete, I dove into that lovely bag of fabric scraps and I spy some Light BLUE for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

Hmm... What shall I make???

Until next time...