Friday, May 26, 2023

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


Welcome to the May 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 and Summer have once again been struggling for power this month.  Have the moderate temperatures arrived in your neck of the woods or has someone turned up the heat?  Allergy season seems to be at its peak.  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.

May's letters were:

F and/or L

This month, I ended up with something completely different that what I had expected to create.  My plan was to combine the two letters and come up with a design that represented Florida, as well as the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month.

What better way to depict the Sunshine State???

May's color was ORANGE, after all.  As you can see, I have a fair amount in my scrap basket(s)...

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

Here are the little quilt tops in the making:

Soon enough, the quilting was DONE on the (expanded) backing...

(What I'm considering...) The front has also been quilted.  Although, you might notice a fabric substitution.  One strip was bothering me enough to get out the seam ripper and re-sew:


I'm pleased to present my completed ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge entry for May:

The clip side:

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

It worked like this:

F = FLORAL... A couple of small scraps displaying a floral theme were used in making this little pin cushion.

L = LINE... The Autumn-themed ORANGE fabric on the back (or would that be the front?) form a line on which to store a few quilt clips.  However, I would probably construct that portion differently, if I were to make this project for someone else.

What's next, Joyful???

The month of June is nearly a week away.  Angela will pick a new Color of the Month then... Er... now:
Dark and/or Bright BLUE

Whoops!!!  That was done in January.

For June... Let's do Light GREEN and/or Any BLUE!!!

June's letters are:

D and/or I

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your F and/or L projects in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Wednesday, May 31st @ 11:59PM (EST).

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

Linking with Cynthia


  1. Cute little pincushion and clip holder, Joy! I'm trying to picture how you made the side with the open edges to clip onto. We might need a tutorial! Happy long weekend - I do hope you get some sewing time!

  2. Very clever to make the clip holding side to the pincushion. Great idea!

  3. Fun pincushion! I find I need the clip side more than the pins lately. Have a very happy weekend!

  4. That is a fun pinushion and clip holder. I really like the idea of these...maybe I should make some for a retreat weekend in January...I almost have enough time!

  5. Very nice! Of course, your choice of orange really resonated with me. :-) Can't have too much of that in any quilt, or sewing project!

  6. I hope it was okay to post about my new ironing board cover. It's not small and not from scratch, but oh so necessary to my creating table scrap items. Love the little pincushion and look forward to making something for June. Blessings,

  7. Hi Joyful, what a great idea! I didn't finish my piece but I was able to link it up from Instagram. Since I love the orange-pink combination, I want to make this one special, with some hand stitching, embroidery and possibly some lace to go with the floral. Thanks for the party!


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