Saturday, November 25, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC23 - Week 47

Welcome to Week 47 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week may not see much in the way of sewing or arting, as work is ramping up for the holidays. We'll see how it goes.

Today's post begins with the events of last Saturday...

LIVE Zoom with members of The Roben's Nest art membership:

I made some decadent homemade Italian Hot Chocolate late in the afternoon:

A short stamping and gel printing session rounded out my evening:

SUNDAY - Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

The morning began with the Easy Like Sunday Morning Zoom session with my friends from Get Messy.  I worked on this collage.  It's fabric on paper with a watercolor background:

After lunch, I enjoyed my weekly Zoom with Knittingsuek:

After dinner, I watched a webinar featuring tips about Paper Piecing for people who hate to paper piece.  The class outlined how to make the Outshine Star block...

From Rebecca Bryan, author of Make Modern Triangles.:


I did a tiny bit of art beforehand...

Along with some pressing:

After work, I found that the Alpaca Chicken in Briar Creek is already decorated for Christmas...

Can you say MISTLETOE??  The tree that I parked in front of at RDU airport was decorated, too:


Once dinner was done, I headed up to the studio for another sewing session:


Zooming with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color is always a treat...

But so was cooking up the Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline topping.  No one will notice (or care) tomorrow that I sampled some for tonight's dessert because I'm the only one in my family who will eat it!  Fortunately, one of my coworker will be happy to share some on Monday:

THURSDAY - Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

While the turkey was baking, I went up to the studio to see if I could find a Dark Neutral scrap chunk for the back of my ABC (Table) SCRAP Challenge entry:

When pressing the blocks for my ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge entry this morning, I looked over at the calendar and realized that TOMORROW is the day the Link Party begins.  All the hours I've been working have done a number on my perception of time!  I'm headed back up to the studio once I put the turkey on to bake.

Work.  Really?!  Yep.  I was scheduled to go in now that we have a retail facility onsite.

SATURDAY - Work, again.  WHAT?!?!  I was shocked to discover that we were "all hands on deck" this weekend.  Shocked and supremely disappointed since my Quarterly Quilt Bee is having a Sew Day today and I can't be there!  :o((

I was really hoping to be able to get the backing pressed and sewn for my 2023 SAHRR quilt:

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.  Of course, since I'll be at work, I'll have to catch up with everyone later on (or tomorrow.)

I do love coming out of work at sunset:

They will only get more glorious as the days pass.

Until next time...

Friday, November 24, 2023

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

Welcome to the November 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. I am having a hard time believing that December will be here next week.

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 letters are 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.

November's letters were:

K and/or W

What will I do for a design that includes both letters, as well as the (self-professed) Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month?  I designated November's color as Dark NEUTRAL.  As you might have seen earlier this month, I had a multitude of those in my scrap baskets.



And Dark Multi:

But HOW was I going to decide which scraps to used???

I took a poll and the Dark Multi scraps were hugely popular.


Inspiration struck when I went exploring.  I found this baggie full of small HSTs and a sweet BROWN-toned background print:

I'm pretty sure these came from my Bee-mate, Maggie.  Am I right?

I began without a real plan.  Even with a headstart on a project, it still left me with a mound of squaring up to be done:

After searching my dictionary of quilt blocks, I settled on something like this, but the sweet BROWN- toned background print didn't make much of an impact in the center of my block:

It MIGHT have worked on the corners, but I only had a single strip of it...

So I went looking for another option and was pleased with the result:

It took a week of sewing...

And pressing...

Before the blocks were assembled and ready for the design table:

Shadows or scorch marks?  I'm not quite sure!  :o((

This is a photo of the selections for backing straight from a fairly recent scrap infusion...

Here it is, all pinned and ready for quilting:

Fast forward to the binding stage...

Another try for that sweet BROWN background print:

This one wasn't quite the right shade to work with the HSTs:

The reddish-brown option seemed to go well with the lighter/brighter scrap squares:

Which one did you choose, Joyful???

You will see soon enough.  Sending out a big THANK YOU to Britt for the "quilt by committee" texting session for a second opinion about the selections!!

I was running out of time...

But there was still the question of the backing.  I took one last look in the scrap basket and found this Kaffe Fassett gem among a hand full of scraps that more than likely came from Diane or her friend Michelle.  It feels right for the project, and it was just the right size, so I layered this thing and got busy with the actual quilting:

I'm pleased to present my completed ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge entry for November, shown here, hanging out on the cutting table in my studio:

I used 90 HSTs in this 8.25" x 5.25" quilt!!

Here's another photo of the mug rug doing its job:

How does the quilt fit this month's theme, Joyful???

Like this:

K = I used the Box KITE quilt block pattern for my little quilt.

W = The color WHITE made up the background.

What's next, Joyful???

The month of December is still nearly a week away.  Again, Angela won't be announcing a new Color of the Month, she planned for November to be for quilting and finishing.  Therefore...

I have, again, made an executive decision for the purposes of the ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge.  Our color will be:


Use as many colors of the rainbow as you dare!!  :o))

December's letters are:

S, H and/or E

NOTE:  Use one letter, two letters, or all three letters.  I'm excited to see what YOU are inspired to create!!  I'm not inspired yet, but I'll keep thinking.  I'm sure I'll figure something out before the end of the year!

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your K and/or W projects in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Wednesday, December 6th @ 11:59PM (EDT).  I've given you extra time since the Link Party was early this month AND launched on the day after (American) Thanksgiving!  I hope that will help you finish an entry... or at least start one.

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

Linking up with Alycia

Joining Cynthia

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC23 - Week 46

Welcome to Week 46 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week is going to be filled with work and not much else.  There may be a little bit of art and I'm hoping to carve out some time for playing with fabric scraps.  Will that happen?

Read on to find out...

SUNDAY -  Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Zoom One - The November Roll the Dice Game at the Easy Like Sunday Morning hangout with my friends at Get Messy.  Today's theme was Remembrance.  The roll of the dice revealed the following prompts - napkin, color not often used, draw with non-dominant hand, watercolor, and stamp.  Here's what I made with that combination:

Zoom Two - Today was the monthly Collage Club hangout on Get Messy and this is the collage that I created in my Autumn journal:

Zoom Three - Knittingsuek and I met for our weekly call after all the arting

MONDAY - Work and...

The view of the quiet construction site:

Art With Adele.  Construct Deconstruct method.  I'm going to have to figure out a base to put this on:

The second piece hasn't yet been cut apart:

TUESDAY - Work was followed by...

Knitting with Tracy at Rambling River Mercantile:

After dinner, I went up to the studio to explore the BROWN basket:


Just when I thought the construction workers weren't coming back, there was some sewer work done:

Zooming with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color was delayed, as I have had to stay late recently:


During my Zoom with LeeAnna, I worked on this little journal:

Here's the baggie of HSTs that I uncovered the other night.  I just may turn out to be this month's ABC SCRAPS Challenge entry:

FRIDAY - Work...

After an early morning Zoom with a few friends from Get Messy:

When I came out of work, I found that it had rained.  Here is what I saw as I headed to the car:

During tonight's TGI(A)W art hangout I stenciled words on a page created with leftover paint:

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 what I've been doing:


It's TUESDAY of the following week and I just realized that I never released my RSC post over the weekend.  I'm not sure, but I don't believe that has EVER happened before.  (I wondered why I wasn't getting any comment!)  I wonder if I'll be able to link up still...

Until next time...