Saturday, April 29, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC23 - Week 17

Welcome to Week 17 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week started with an ending.  The end of a Bucket List experience.  You'll find the link in Wednesday's entry, if you haven't already read the post.

SUNDAY - I realize this is freshly finished UFO quilt top is not PURPLE...

Look, Alycia... PLAID!!! Link takes you to Finished (Or Not) Friday.  :o))

Currently 39 x 47, so it still needs some additional work to stretch it out a bit.


My purchase at Quiltville Inn was the Gypsy Sip n Snip.  I couldn't resist bringing one of the nifty cup holder/trash can (and clip holder) combos which adorned each workstation back for my own studio:

While I was away, the heavy machinery multiplied on the lot next door:

FIVE pieces of equipment can't dampen the excitement of getting to mark off a Bucket List item.

MONDAY - Work was followed by a trip to the grocery store

TUESDAY - Work was followed by my monthly Evening Quilt Bee meeting:

I nearly forgot to take a photo!!

WEDNESDAY - Wonderful Wednesday

I've been building a PURPLE quilt this month.  It's been a really fun RSC project:

Wonder of wonders, you could actually see the dent this has made in my PURPLE scrap basket.
It went from being bulging and overflowing to only half full!!!  I'd call that a success.

Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color

This afternoon's big adventure regarding the construction site next door???

Delivery of the largest wood chipper I've ever seen...

Along with...

The longest piece of machinery (presumably a log sizer/cutter) blocking our driveway:

THURSDAY - Work was followed by a quick stop at the grocery store and the pharmacy (because I couldn't POSSIBLY go just ONE time in a week!)  Sigh...

I did some sewing, but I'll share more about that next week

FRIDAY - ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge Link Party (It's open until Tuesday night, so there's still plenty of time for you to create an entry using the Y and/or N letter prompts or the color PURPLE!)

Today was my day off and I was excited to be able to attend Knit Group, but it was canceled this morning.  :o((

That gave me the opportunity to focus on one of my SHOULD DO items:

I worked on the layout for the next T-Quilt.

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 hasn't posted the link yet, but I'll add it when she does.

My contribution to the party...

One scrappy PURPLE project was completed while on retreat last weekend.  I'm not sure whose Orphan Block this was, but it came out of a "Bag of Joy" from my friend Diane:

Update:  The blocks were the extras that my friend Diane shared from a top made in a class
 on Mile a Minute Quilts. She was happy to see it finished table topper.  It was a fun project to work on!

I quilted it (thanks to Stacy for serving as my Design Consultant!), trimmed it into a tumbler shape to preserve the quilting, and bound it with a fabric from my (gifted) stash of Autumnal prints.  This cute turtle fabric was on the back and the turtles are red-violet in color...

But I only have these scraps left, as I gave the remainder of the one-yard cut to Tiffany over the weekend once I cut off the amount needed for the backing.  (Not sure how I missed getting a photo!)

When Carol commented on the unusual shape of the little quilt on Tuesday and said how much she liked it, I promptly gifted it to her because I know how much she enjoys decorating for Halloween:

Here is the photo that Carol took of the backing fabric when I couldn't recall what I had used:


Until next time...

Friday, April 28, 2023

April 2023 - ABC (Table) SCRAPS - Link Party

Welcome to the April 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.  In my part of the world, Spring, Summer and Winter have been struggling for power all month long.  Have the moderate temperatures arrived in your neck of the woods?  Allergy season comes with the warm Spring days.  I can't think of a better reason to stay inside and quilt?

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 the next month'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.

April's letters were:

Y and/or N

I'm enjoying stretching my creativity to come up with a design to include each letter, as well as the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month.

April's color was PURPLE.  Plenty of that in my scrap basket(s)...

This was another month that I neglected to take many process photos...

Here's the little quilt top, layered with a scrap of batting and a bit of backing:

Soon enough, the quilting was DONE...


I'm pleased to present my completed ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge entry for April, while sending out special thanks to Francine (?) for providing the binding fabric:

The little pile of leftovers from my great niece's baby quilt called to me.  I built a rainbow out of them. (This challenge is run in conjunction with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, after all!)  I finished my entry off with PURPLE (on the back) in honor of April's Color of the Month:

Instead of a single scrap chunk for the backing or piecing a few scrap strips together, I added an Orphan block from an experimental size test made at Quilt Retreat last year.

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

It worked like this:

Y = YELLOW... A solid scrap, along with the yellow-green pieces used in building this rainbow mug rug.

N = NEW scraps (the lavender portion of the back and PURPLE of the prepared binding) which was recently received in a scrap bag from my friend Diane and her friend Francine.

This was made for my friend Paulette @ The Way I Sew It and she shared the following photo with me since she has already put the mug rug to work at her desk:

What's next, Joyful???

The month of May is just around the corner.  Angela has chosen a new Color of the Month:


May's letters are:

F and/or L

NOTE:  What will YOU create???

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your Y and/or N projects in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Tuesday, May 2nd @ 11:59PM (EST).

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

I'm joining Sandra's DrEAMI party

... Because I actually had ANOTHER project in mind
for this month's ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge.
That post is coming up next week.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Wonderful Wednesday - Check One Off the Bucket List

Warning!!!  Photo-heavy post.

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  I'm here to report about the item that I checked off my (Quilty) Bucket List over the weekend.  Special thanks to my good friend Tiffany for making this happen!

Here's how the weekend progressed:


Bright and early this morning two of my quilting friends and I departed for The Quiltville Inn, arriving just before lunchtime:

Welcome to Room 2!  The weekend's inhabitants? Britt, Joy, and Stacy from NT Nights Bee:

We all brought our "Bonnie quilts."
Left: Joy's Crumb Workshop quilt
By the door: Britt's Easy Street quilt (looking like it was made for this room!)
Right: Stacy's Good Fortune quilt

The beautiful pastoral scene from the Inn's back porch:

I absolutely LOVE circles, spots, and dots, so I couldn't resist taking a photo of Trudy's lovely circle-themed quilt:

My first order of business was asking Bonnie for a photo with my version of her Grand Illusion Mystery quilt from 2014:

The photo above also appeared HERE on Bonnie's blog.

PURPLE scrap sewing was the next item on my To Do list:

I was SEW pleased to be getting the rows of my version of Amanda Jean Nyberg's (@crazymomquilts) Candy Coated quilt sewn together.  It's a process, that's for sure!  The pairs of strips were sewn and pressed before I left home.  Once I settled in for sewing at the Quiltville Inn, I started in on pairs of pairs and trimming to everything to size for the various row heights:

Britt made good progress on her Quarter Log Cabin quilt, pattern by Christina Cameli @ A Few Scraps:

Our group's Retreat Planner, Tiffany, worked on Bonnie's Good Fortune (no longer a) Mystery quilt:

Stacy made progress on her Melodic Mystery from Cheryl Brickey @ Meadow Mist Designs:

LOOK!!  Even the tissue boxes are quilt-themed around here:

By the end of the night my progress had multiplied:


Britt and I were "twinning" today and missing Helena who gave us these shirts, but couldn't attend:

Members of NT Nights with a look at Stacy's growing project:

What's that you're working on now, Joyful???

It's my RSC project for PURPLE month:

Now back to growing rows:


While the others went on a nature walk, the following quilters were left behind for a variety of reasons:

My outdoor excursion was limited to the backyard swing:

Tiffany switched gears and is working on a mini Alaska quilt:

Hello from the side porch of Quiltville Inn!  Wave everyone:

Photos above and below appeared on Bonnie's blog TODAY!!  (...With some creative quilt naming on her part.  Oops!)

And here's Bonnie's front porch photo:

Thanks for the group photos, Bonnie!!

Then came dinner...

This evening, Tiffany prepared a delicious Mexican meal:

It was a fiesta on the beautiful back porch dining area:

Whoops!  Where's Susan?

Hey!  Where did Stacy go???

This photo is for my Quilt Guild friends who need inspiration for this year's Neighborhood Challenge:

My quilt is outgrowing the design wall:

This stage of progress appeared on Bonnie's blog with ME in the photo.

Trudy has taken over this design wall, but Wanda carved out a spot for her new block:


Debbie is making good progress on her City Sampler:

Britt changed over to her HST quilt inspired by an antique quilt at the CCLQ @ The Bluff retreat:

Thinking of my RSC Quilter friends while assembling the components for my Scrap Jar Star in PURPLE:

Ta-Da!!!  It's done:

Stacy was my "twinsy" today.  Here we are with Britt and just LOOK how busy Stacy has been:

PURPLE much, Joyful???

Robin with the tasty Cinnamon Red Hots from Schimpff's Confectionery in her hometown of Jeffersonville, Indiana.  The project in the background was sewn by her.  The 2nd one she's working on:

The Inn's library is stocked with dozens of beautiful books.  This one might just be my next scrap project...

Or will it be this one???

Nope!!  My apron slid into the queue.  Here's the FRONT...

And the BACK of the apron:

I just purchased Mary Mulari's Crisscross Apron Pattern from "The Pizza Girls" at Guild last week and the beautiful iris fabric was a birthday gift from Tiffany at our October 2022 retreat.

Not long after...

Susan announced that she was finished with the blocks for her Alaska quilt:

This UFO project tried to sneak into my project rotation, but none of the thread I brought appeared to work well with the backing fabric I had selected at home:

With a little encouragement...

Stacy completed the top of her Melodic Mystery:

Before heading off to bed tonight, I cut the final pieces for this UFO quilt:

Sunday morning...

I was the only quilter in the sewing room:

Can you say Quilter on a Mission???

I finished up the quilt top with time to spare, but now I need to go help with the clean-up effort:

Special thanks to Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts for the brightly colored "Starter Blocks" for this quilt!!

A few final photos once the cleaning and packing were done...

The glorious dogwood tree outside our bedroom window:

Yes, Bonnie made quite certain that quilters were welcome here:

I wanted to remember this fun fabric windsock that was quite possibly a gift from one of the Bonniacs:

Back to the real world...

I brought a little piece of retreat home and unpacked my purchase from the Quiltville Inn Store:

It's already set-up and waiting for my machine to return to its spot:

Until next time...
What a QUILT-a-riffic weekend!!!

Sharing with Cynthia


(Since the majority of my sewing was scrappy in nature.)