Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Tidy Up Tuesday - A Gift for You - TSC2023 Update

Welcome to a new edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  It's been a very long time since the last post in this series and this one is a bit different from the norm.  After tying up some loose ends, I have a gift for you.

A gift, Joyful???

Yes.  The TABLE SCRAPS Challenge is back by popular demand!  I'm here to introduce an updated version for 2023.  How challenging is it, if a challenge is exactly the same from year to year?  That's why I'm changing it up a bit.  I hope you are as excited to hear about it as I am to tell you about it!

Out with the OLD and in with the NEW...

For 2023, I will be offering a MONTHLY SERIES of LETTERS to help inspire/inform your work.  What you do with them is up to you!

As before, we will continue WORKING WITH SCRAPS from our cutting table (hence the name of the challenge.)  

They say size matters...

There's no need to worry about your project being too small or TOO BIG!  Your ENTRIES MAY INCLUDE small items such as basket, bags, pillows, and pin cushions, in addition to runners, toppers, and mug rugs.  BUT...  For the purposes of the 2023 Challenge, you are perfectly welcome to make ANY size project you would like.  If you want to make a lap quilt each month... Go for it!!

While Angela offers color suggestions through her Rainbow Scrap Challenge, you are always welcome to sew with whatever scraps you choose.

Important Note for Non-bloggers...

Non-bloggers are welcome to email a photo of their entries to share here on The Joyful Quilter and Instagram users can link to @thejoyfulquilter using the tag #tablescrapschallenge2023 and #abcscrapschallenge2023 when posting participating projects.

What qualifies???

Any quilted item you would like to make.  Surprise us!  You are encouraged to use each month's letters in whatever form they lead. Your interpretation of what to do with them is NOT limited to using the actual letter in your project!  Although, you are welcome to do that (by using them in spelling out a word or some such), you may also relate the letters to a color, quilting technique or project type.  Interpreting an item that begins with one of the letters is appropriate for a challenge entry, as well.  (Example A = Apple)

The most important part is to have FUN while using the fabric scraps from your cutting table!!

Find the January 2023 ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge here...

December 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge Link Party (LIVE on/after Friday, 12/30/22.)

Letters were selected by random drawing and distributed throughout the months of the year.  Our monthly series of letters will be release as in previous years.  Find each month's letter prompts at the end of the previous month's Link Party post.  January 2023's prompt is listed near the bottom of December 2022's TABLE SCRAPS post HERE and I will also update the list on the 2023 ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge tab at the top of the blog so that you can easily check back, if you miss a link-up.

When is my monthly project due???

The Link Party will go LIVE on the LAST Friday of every month at 12:00 AM (EST).  You will have until 11:59 PM (EST) on the following Tuesday to join the fun.

I'm SEW looking forward to seeing what YOU will make and your take on using the letter prompts.

Until next time...
Go forth and USE those SCRAPS!!!


  1. Oh boy! That sounds like so much fun! I can't wait.

  2. Well, lets see if I can jump on some months...it would be so great to use up the scraps!

  3. Youv'e but a lot of thought into this new Table Scraps Challenge--sounds like fun.

  4. Sounds like fun, Joy! You know I love to make little scrappy things. I'm already looking forward to what January will bring!

  5. This sounds like a fun and interesting challenge. Looking forward to hearing what the 1st letter is. Happy quilting.

  6. Sounds like fun. Let's see if I can keep up this year! Ha!


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