Tuesday, February 28, 2023

TidyUp Tuesday - Finishing Up February

Welcome to another edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  This week, I'm here to share a couple of PINK projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

First, an ongoing project...

This was the humble beginning of my PINK Scrap Jar Star block for February.  A little pile of scraps, my smallest rotary mat and a rendezvous with my rotary cutter in a few stolen moments during my lunch break:

Whoops!  Someone can't count and TWO WEEKS later, the block STILL wasn't done:

Who knew that it could take SEW long to complete a single quilt block?!  After posting to Angela's Link Party, I finally sewed up the 16-Patch portion on Saturday:

On Sunday afternoon, I trimmed up the HSTs for the star points...

And set up the block layout beside the machine before bed:

As February began to fade...

I finally assembled the block components before heading off to work on Monday:

With just ONE day to spare... Whew!!

The other project I have to share is a little bit of a cheat...

It's Maggie's QAYG Mini in PINK, a finish from earlier in the month: 

A mug rug in the February's Color of the Month was a welcome addition to my desk at work.  It was done during the first week, but I forgot to add it to my weekly RSC post:

About the "cheat" part...

That little mug rug came to me already quilted and ready for binding.  (Thanks, Maggie!!)  The funny thing was that she was surprised I found enough fabric in the scrap bag to bind it.

Until next time...
SEW pretty in PINK!!!

Monday, February 27, 2023

Mail Call Monday - Triple the Fun

Welcome to another edition of Mail Call Monday!!  It's been a while since I've received any packages.  I got these from several different sources and thought YOU might like to see them.


This "BOJ" was hand delivered to me at Quilt Guild last week:

Not pictured:  A king sized quilt batt that my friend was never going to use!!

Here's a better look at what was inside...

A giant pile of fabric scrap the size of half a bag of quilt batting:

Some orphan blocks, quilting samples, and a small Riley Blake kit of some kind...

UPDATE:  I've been informed the kit is a small "wallet" with pockets - maybe for needle packs (or perhaps your favorite tea bags.)  Apparently, the little beaded thing sticking out the top is a handmade stiletto which Diane stuck in so that it didn't stab me.  She thought it might be useful for my paper work.  (Sweet!  She's feeding TWO of my addictions now.  LOL!!)

Also included, a gallon sized baggie filled with prepared binding strips:

There was even a small baggie filled with buttons and charms:

Thank you, Diane!!!  I'm looking forward to digging in and seeing what will come from this "Bag of Joy."  Whatever it is, I'm sure it's going to be SEW much fun!  :o))


FedEx left this box on our front porch:

It's an awfully big box for what's inside:

Two of these smaller boxes were what the shipping box contained:

Beneath more paper, a box of 100 PANTONE postcards:

One boxed set per each smaller container:

My idea is to use them for an upcoming art project this summer:

I saw this video from Tiinasdiary on YouTube and couldn't get these postcards out of my head.  Since I was ordering, I asked Britt if she wanted to order a set, too:

Of course, my arty BFF jumped on board.  LOL!!


Happy Mail was stuffed in our mail box.

I won!  I won!!

Villa Rosa Designs offered any number of prizes during their Fast & Fun Blog Hop which many of my bloggy friends participated in:

Here's a sneak peek:

What's in the package, Joyful???

There was a note from the Blog Hop's organizers:

One of their quilt pattern cards:

The slip of paper indicating Cindy's prize pull:

And this lovely Jelly Roll from Timeless Treasures:

Here's the fabric line information:

Just LOOK at the lovely swirl of colors:

Thank you to Cindy @ Stitchin at Home for drawing my name to win one of her two Sponsor Prizes.  Thank you to Tricia from Villa Rosa Designs for the pattern card.  And thank you to Timeless Treasures for being a sponsor of the Fast & Fun Blog Hop!  The beautiful Jelly Roll prize was SEW fabulous!!

Until next time...
Celebrate Happy Mail!!

Sunday, February 26, 2023

(Not so...) Mini Monday - SAHRR23 - Round 5

Welcome to (Not so...) Mini Monday (... on a Sunday!!)  It's going to be this way for at least another week so that I don't miss the Link-up.  I shared the beginning of Round Four of my 2023 Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR) last week.  Our hostess for this week was Emily @ The Darling Dogwood.  Her choice for Round Five was revealed HERE.

And the verdict is...

Square in a Square

How will you work this into your project, Joyful???

I'm not really sure!

This is where I left things with Round 4...

Off to check the block stack...

Was I able to discover any Square in a Square blocks?  Fortunately, there was ONE in my holiday block stash:

Even SEW...

Round 5 is still very much up in the air, as I haven't been able to decide how to work it in with the other blocks, as it's a busy one!

What's the plan, Joyful???

I made another (busy) Square in a Square block to go with the one I found:


(In case you didn't notice) I had to remake it.  Quilt math isn't my strong suit:

WHAT???  That didn't tell you what you wanted to know??

OK.  I'll fill you in on how I am going to fit these into the quilt.  It was easy, really!  I stitched them into a 4-Patch with red alternate squares to tone down those busy prints:


The busy-ness recedes and the red takes over:

It's really starting to feel like this might actually turn into a quilt, people!!!

My growing Stay At Home Round Robin (shown above) is down on the design floor with another couple of orphan blocks added to the mix.  Even if I haven't stayed true to the Round Robin style, I'm starting to get SEW excited about this project!

With the exception of the center panel, I'm STILL not sewing any pieces and parts together.  I think I have a fun surprise that will need to be shared in an upcoming post.  Don't get too excited!  You may to have to wait for the The Link Party Parade post for all to be revealed.

In the interim, let's wait and see what Gail has in store for the final prompt.  Once we know what that will bring to the party on Monday, it might help with the direction I take from here.  While we wait, please visit the other participants in this week's Link Party and stop back here to see how my quilt will progress with Round Six.

Here's this year's SAHRR hosting schedule:

Until next time...
Sew a Round!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC23 - Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of the 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  PINK month is still in full swing.  My scrap basket is still overflowing.  What will pop out of it this week???

Read on to find out...


After releasing today's post, I visited on Zoom with Knittingsuek:

This afternoon, I made a PINK scrappy House block (inspired by Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts).  A project on the back burner for WAY TOO LONG:

MONDAY - (Not so...) Mini Monday (On a Sunday)

Work and a Quilt Guild Meeting where I shared my Condo Complex modern quilt from 2020 and the Schoolhouse Quilt made by my Candy and finished by me a number of years ago, along with a House block (pale PINK block in the foreground of the photo) modeled after Preeti's Homeful quilt, a Dog House block inspired by Center Street Quilts on Etsy, and a machine appliqued Wonky House (inspired by Amber K Creative's Let's Build Houses video on YouTube) that I made in just a few minutes this afternoon:

TUESDAY - TidyUp Tuesday and Delivering Quilty Hugs

Work was followed by a few errands.  One of those was to Michael's for Knittingsuek.  Alas, her item was nowhere to be found.  I ventured to the paint section to console myself.  These items follow me home:

WEDNESDAY - Wonderful Wednesday and the Art Day

Today is my day off.  What will I do with the time??  I started by attempting to catch up on emails and link parties.  Once I was done with the former, I gave up on the latter and went upstairs to load the next UFO on the longarm:

This runner was in a scrap bag from Maggie a number of months ago.  I thought I had decided on how I want to quilt it, but then I also thought it might be my ABC (Table) SCRAPS challenge entry for this month.  It may sit there for a while, as I opted for another entry for the TSC.  (You can find the link for that in Friday's entry.)

After lunch, I enjoyed my weekly Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

THURSDAY - Work was followed by...

Some PINK sewing for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

By way of the ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge from this little 1" x 1.5" drawing...

Which I glued into my journal once the little quilt was done.

Work, errands and another attempt at catching up on all the things.

Spoiler Alert:  I got the grocery shopping done and NO SEWING!!!  :o((

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.  After releasing this post, I went on to sew together the 16-Patch portion of my Scrap Jar Star in PINK:

Hoping to finish it up by the end of the month.  We'll have to wait and see if that actually happens.

Until next time...

Friday, February 24, 2023

February 2023 - ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Welcome to the February 2023 edition of the ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge here at the Joyful Quilter!!  Thanks for stopping by the Link Party to see what participants have made this month.  It's amazing that we're a full 2 months into the "new" year.  Time flies when you're having fun!

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 2023 ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge page at the top of the blog.

February's letters were...

M and/or V

Here's what I did with that...

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month was PINK.  Surely I can find something fun and exciting in my scrap basket to represent this month's letters...

So I sorted through and found precious little to use!


This UFO was calling my name, so I loaded it up on the longarm:

It has the color that I was hoping to use for the M in my project, but these scraps do, too:

Then, I dreamed about a project for this month's ABC Challenge...

Literally!  I woke to a vision of my entry and made it happen that day.  This is the "down and dirty" sketch that I drew up at breakfast:

I'm pleased to present my completed ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge entry for February that dreamed up earlier this week:

How does that fit this month's theme???

As I mentioned before, it worked like this:

M = Magenta scraps were included in my block.
V = My project is a Valentine for next year's holiday decor.

Here is the same 6.5" x 8.5" quilt, as seen on the arm of our sofa:

Can you believe those pictures are of the same small quilt?!  Lighting.  Sigh... 

What's next, Joyful???

March will be headed in like a lion or a lamb in just a few days.  Angela will choose a new Color of the Month soon.  Update:  GREEN!!!

March's letters are:

B and/or U

NOTE:  Take them wherever they lead you.

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your M and/or V projects in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Tuesday, February 28th @ 11:59PM (EST).

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

Linking up with Cynthia