Sunday, January 28, 2024

ProjectQUILTING - PQ 15.2 - Sky Color

Sky Color

Welcome to The Joyful Quilter!!  And... Welcome to the wonderful world of Project QUILTING hosted by Kim Lapacek @ Persimon Dreams!!  This is my 3rd year of participation in the Challenge.  Trish Frankland @ QuiltChicken is the creator of the crazy challenges that participants will face during the next 10 weeks.

Sassy @ Farm Quilter got me started at the beginning of Season 11 by inviting her readers to join in the fun.  I accepted her invitation and the rest is history.  As I have for the past two years, I will be dragging along my friend LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color again this season, as she enjoys having a reason to stretch her creative wings.  Would YOU like to join me in this creative journey, too?  

FAIR WARNING:  It's a wild ride, but oh SEW rewarding!

Challenges are given and start to finish you have ONE WEEK to complete your project.  PQ 15.2 can be found at THIS LINK:

Step One...

Read the instructions to see what is required of the second challenge.  Here's what Trish had to say:


Surprisingly to no one, I have a word-a-day calendar (#ad) on my desk. This week's challenge all began with a fabulous word: cerulean. Defined as "resembling the blue of the sky," it got me pondering a color challenge for PQ.

Many previous years I've asked you to be inspired by Pantone's color of the year - but this year's choice "Fuzzy Peach" didn't fire me up.

She continued with the following:

One of my favorite author/illustrators is Peter H. Reynolds, (#ad) who has written an entire library of books on finding creative inspiration. The fact that they're children's picture books is incidental - if you're an artist and dreamer, you should read these books!
A particular favorite of mine is his 2012 release "Sky Color." (#ad) In it, Marisol is tasked with painting the sky in a mural, but they've run out of blue paint. After some contemplation, an amazing sunset, and a rainstorm, Marisol realizes the sky isn't limited to one color and neither is she.
This week, I want to see your best SKY COLORS - with the exception of cerulean. Your project may include the color blue, but must be less than 10% traditional "sky blue" color.
I am not limiting you to landscape or skyscape depictions this week: you may use your sky colors in abstract, in any kind of project you wish to make. But I'd like to see and hear your connection to the sky's palette in your completion and posts. Those connections are one of my favorite parts of Project Quilting!

Step Two...

Groan.  LESS THAN 10% sky blue?!?!

Why, Joyful???

I was excited until I saw the limiting factor!!  What on Earth am I going to do now??  My very first thought was a sweet seascape.

Step Three...

Freak out a little and ignore the challenge for the rest of the day, but as I scrolled through some sky images after dinner, a glimmer of an idea immerged.  (On a side note, I've got January's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge snowflake entry to worry about this week, too.  It's due on Friday and it's not remotely close to being completed!)


Step Four...

Gather supplies:

I reached for my ORANGE Quilted Scrap Basket, but...

I soon pulled out my PINK Quilted Scrap Basket, as well.  I might want to include that in my project:

Tutorial for these baskets can be found HERE.

Neither of those options worked for me, so I dug into the giant bucket of batiks:

Step Five...

Review the rules:


You have one week to meet the challenge. Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline – that is, started on or after January 21, 2024, and linked up by noon Central Time January 28, 2024.

Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements: include patchwork, include appliqué, have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

Step Six... Any ideas?

Yes.  As I mentioned earlier, I have an inkling of an idea.  I might be able to use PQ15.2 as a chance to play with a different take on my Salt and Sand Blog Hop entry.

Step Seven... PLAY!!!

I began by sorting through my small strips and strings for bits that felt right for what I had in mind for my project, but came across a couple of scrap chunks that paired well.

Here is a bit of my construction process...

(Scroll down to the bottom of the post NOW, if you don't care to see a blow by blow of the making of my quilt.)

Excited by my choices, I quickly got to work on my little quilt.

With 4 full days before the deadline my entry is...

DONE!!!  With ZERO process pictures.

However, I'm SEW pleased to present my completed entry for PQ 15.2:

We were lacking in sunshine when the following photo was taken, but I thought I'd show you the journal entry inspired by my little art quilt.  Machine sewn directly to my page:

I shared my completed project the next night at my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee:

My PQ 15.2 entry has taken up residence on my gallery wire:

There is usually a reason that I participate in these challenges...

... And this time, it was because revisiting a previous idea while using a new set of parameters is SEW much fun!  I have to say that I was surprised at how different my entry was from what I thought I was going to create.  Sometimes quilts have their own plan.

There you have it...

Process, product, and the REAL reason for accepting this Challenge.

Follow THIS LINK to the Season 15 overview.  Check back on the Challenge release days (or sign-up to be notified automatically) and there may be one that YOU just can't resist.

It's a SHORT turnaround time!

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, that doesn't HAVE to be insurmountable.  With a little creativity and a few evenings, you really CAN do this!  My project was begun shortly after the prompt was announce and was finished in record time. I can't believe it was done with 3 
full days to spare!  My post SHOULD ready for release with 3 days until the deadline, but that's not what happened.  I didn't complete it and link up until Sunday morning.  With only a 1 hour to spare.  (I do have a thing about releasing my post on Sunday, but it just wasn't ready to join any earlier this time around.)

Until next time...
Challenge accepted!!!

Remember:  If I can do this, YOU can do it, too!

(Plus, there's a spot to post your completed Project QUILTING inspired projects AFTER the deadline for any of the challenges.)

Sharing with Cynthia

Saturday, January 27, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week, is an "on" week for ProjectQUILTING, but the 2024 Stay at Home Round Robin begins.  I have other things going on, as well.  There will be scrap sewing, but will it be anything I can share here?

Read on to find out...

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom...

The day began by playing Roll the Dice with my Get Messy friends during the Easy Like Sunday Morning hangout.  The prompts included Stamp, Marker, Splatter, Gold, and Add a Quote.  I responded to those prompts by selecting an image from my Artist Almanac and going from there:

Once that was done, I spent the afternoon at my sewing machine and only took a break to visit with Knittingsuek during our weekly Zoom session:

MONDAY - NO WORK!!!  I spent the day (My first regular weekday off since September!sewing and arting.  It was a pleasure to be able to attend Claudette's Curiosity Collective hangout on Get Messy.  I kept my page simple today, with just a bit of collage and some words:

The cold and rainy weather, along with my incomplete challenge project, kept me from getting to January's Quilt Guild meeting this evening.  I was a quilter on a mission!

TUESDAY - Before work, I put the finishing touches on these two journal pages.  The prompts were PEEKING OUT and BOOKSHELF:

The face doodle was done by a coworker over the holidays and she loves being near the water.  I expanded on the sliver of an image from a book to mimic the rest of the scene.

After dinner, SNOWFLAKES continued to fall around the studio.  I'm still hoping that I can dig my way out by the time that Friday's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge rolls around!!

WEDNESDAY - Work was followed by my weekly Zoom session with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

I forgot to tell her that I finally won at the Connections game that she told me about last week.  It is quite challenging to figure out what the themes might be for the seemingly random list of words provided:

THURSDAY - Prior to heading out for work this morning, I did some scrap sewing... In my art journal made for Junk Journal January!  Yesterday's prompt was FABRIC and after digging in my big bucket of batik scraps, this was the way I chose to include cloth on my page:

Work was followed by my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee meeting.  Knittingsuek brought me this sweet sewing machine ornament:

It was a small gathering this evening and I nearly missed my photo op:

Work was followed by an evening of art making with some of my Get Messy friends.  I expanded on this nature themed photo with mixed media in my Hangout Journal:

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 was the bulk of my scrap sewing in Dark and/or Bright GREEN this week...

Check out tomorrow's ProjectQUILTING post to see what the front looks like.  :o))

Until next time...

Friday, January 26, 2024

January 2024 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

My apologies to the early birds... Technical difficulties in releasing this post!

Welcome to the January 2024 edition of the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge here at the Joyful Quilter!!  I'll start with a little backstory, in case you are new here.  (Apologies to my regular readers since you already know all about it.) I'm a scrap quilter who had been setting up individual challenges for several years in conjunction with Angela's (RSC) Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ So Scrappy.  Participants from around the corner, across the country and around the world have been having SEW much fun and we all have MORE scraps to use, so I am pleased to offer the...

In 2024, we have a broad range of quilted items that are appropriate for linking to the Challenge.  Baskets and bins, along with pillows and pin cushions, are all qualifying projects.  Not just the toppers, runners, and mug rugs.  Basically, ANY small quilted item qualifies.  The main premise is that you USE the (new or old) SCRAPS from your cutting table (or your friend's cutting table - since that's where the majority of my scraps come from!)

There will be a prompt each month to help get your creative juices flowing.  While you are NOT required to use it in your project, the guiding word will be revealed at the end of each month's LINK PARTY post.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the following 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 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge page at the top of the blog.

January's theme was...


Here's what transpired as a result...

The Color of the Month was Dark and/or Bright GREEN so I brought out that basket as the basis for my entry:


I searched for snowflakes in my fabric stash and found a roll of HSTs, a UFO that has been languishing for the longest time:

I began adding squares and arranging more of the 1.5" HST to arrive at the pattern I had in mind.  Whoops!  After laying out my plan, I discovered there was a need for MORE scraps:

It was such an arduous task that it took me 3 DAYS to complete the layout...

And a full day to sew the squares into rows:

The quilt top came together in stages over the course of another day.  First, pairs of rows...

Followed by pairs of pairs:

Finally, the top was complete:

I found a backing that works and layered it with a scrap of batting:

A few pins and my entry was ready for quilting:

Well... More than a FEW pins:

Can anyone tell me WHY the bobbin has to run out with only ONE corner left to quilt???

Ugh!!  Apparently, the phenomenon is NOT limited to longarm quilting:

Drum roll please...

This is my (nearly) completed entry for the January 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

My little mini has been named Snowflake at Midnight.
~17.5" wide x 23.5" tall

I didn't have time before leaving for work to finish it up.  I did manage to trim up all but that final corner before heading out to my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee.

Did YOU include the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Color of the Month???

You bet I did!  The GREEN scraps didn't work enough to become a focus in my plan, but I managed to slip in a few squares.  Look for the gold stars in the photo below:

What's next, Joyful???

Another month will be here soon.  We'll have to wait to discover the Color of the month, but...

February's theme is:


Color of the Month was later announced as RED, so dig in!!

And now...

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

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

Sharing with Alycia

(Finally) Joining Andree
(with the first bit of FMQ that I've done in ages!)

UPDATE - 1/28/24...

My UFO quilt, SNOWFLAKE at Midnight, is done and bound!  Too bad it wasn't included on my list for the Winter 2024 (Ravelry) UFO Club!  Sigh... I'm still happy that it's finished:

Saturday, January 20, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week, is an "off" week for ProjectQUILTING, but the 2024 Stay at Home Round Robin begins.  I have other things going on, as well.  We'll just have to wait and see if any Dark and/or Bright GREEN sewing happens.

Read on to find out, but first an art intermission...

Oh!  Can you guess where I went yesterday afternoon?  I went to Britt's for an ARTventure:

SUNDAY - PQ Season 15.1 Birdhouse

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom...

The day began by spending some time with my Get Messy friends during the Easy Like Sunday Morning hangout.  Afterwards, I changed out the gallery wire to reflect January's Dark and/or Bright GREEN Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

I made this journal page during today's Get Messy Junk Journal January LIVE event with Meg @ Meg Journals, using the color story from art out of my Artist Almanac calendar:

During the middle of the afternoon, I enjoyed my Zoom time with Knittingsuek:

After dinner, I attended Get Messy's Collage Club hangout.  It was a VERY busy day!!

MONDAY - Work was followed by loading this GREEN (and red) scrappy quilt on the longarm and sampling a number of thread choices:

Work and...

A look at the other half of the gallery wire:

Work was followed by (the color matched edition of) my weekly Zoom session with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

After dinner, SNOWFLAKES were falling around the studio.  Here's hoping I can dig my way out by the time that next week's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge rolls around!!


FRIDAY - Work was followed by our (delayed) Knit Group Holiday Party:

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.

I made a fun little project in Dark and/or Bright GREEN:

Yes, I know it's NOT  a quilt top, but it's all I could manage with ProjectQUILTING thrown into the mix, along with navigating yet another 5-day work week.

Until next time...

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 49 - Jane Joins in Again

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  This is the first month for the 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  I am pleased to announce the return of Jane from Australia to our list of participants!

Here she is with news from "Down Under"...

Hello Joy,
Thought I would catch up with you again and ask if I can be part of the Table Scraps challenge again. Unfortunately I still don’t have a blog and would need to send you a pic to post for me each month, or when I can make it.
I have been checking your blog weekly and so am aware of your doings, especially all the journaling you are delving into.
I have been extremely busy as our group staged a quilt show last September. We currently have 42 peeps, but of course some were travelling and others not in good health, but we still did amazingly well.
We had almost 140 quilts hanging, had 3 traders in attendance, served lunch and teas, sold raffle tickets, operated our own trading table and did the white gloves bit over 2 days.

Our goals were - to put on a great quilt show, to have fun, and to not have a financial disaster. We checked all the boxes! Over the 2 days we had 700 visitors who were very happy, and have been able to make donations to one major charity and five community groups.

About her challenge participation...

This year I am going through many of the ways to finish the edges of a quilt, and will be showing one method each month. I have decided to finish a placemat each month - much more achievable than a quilt, and thought I might try to pull in the RSC colour and your challenge if at all possible.

Concerning her entry...

We live in Queensland which is tropical/ subtropical (it’s a very large area) so we never see snow here. I thought these pinwheel/scrolls were the closest to snowflakes, and they have green!

If you are too busy to do a post for me, I completely understand, but will attach a pic of my placemat in the hopes that you can use it. (Should have straightened it on the mat!)


Give Jane some quilty love in the comments below.  I know that you enjoyed seeing her creative way to meet this month's challenge as much as I did!  Thank you for sending a photo for the blog, Jane.  Like before, I'm thrilled to post your projects (and anyone else's without a blog.)  They serve to inspire others to USE their scraps that we quilters continue to accumulate!

Link Party REMINDER...

The January 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be opening on  Friday, January 26th @ 12:01 AM and I'm hope that YOU join in the scrappy fun!

Until next time...
USE those (table) SCRAPS!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Tidy Up Tuesday - Fall 2023 (Ravelry) UFO Club - The Results

Welcome to The Joyful Quilter!!  I'm here to report on the results of the Fall 2023 (Ravelry) UFO Club.  I'm not sure how I missed posting it earlier.  My apologies!

The FALL 2023 UFO Club is now CLOSED!! Participants MUST have listed (at least) FIVE projects. Photos should have accompanied the list. Sign-ups ended at midnight EDT on October 7, 2023.

NOTE: All qualifying finishes must have been posted BEFORE midnight EST on December 31, 2023!!!

Membership (29):
basketcase9702: 1 completed project
fairfaxknitter: 4 completed projects
MissCarlotta: 1 completed project
djaquilter: 2 completed projects
fibersnob: 4 completed projects
sk2p: 1 completed project
peregrineknit: 6 completed projects
amalberti: 1 completed project
gathersnomoss: 6 completed projects
dzirin: 2 completed projects
robobeagle: 3 completed projects
tjsayers: 2 completed projects
mehitabel: 3 completed projects
doris7264: 4 completed projects
BillieX3: 3 completed projects
Callmade: 1 completed project
siberspinner: 1 completed project

Session Totals: 17 quilters completed 45 projects

First off, thank you to all who participated in the latest session of the UFO Club here on Ravelry and to everyone who cheered us along in our UFO finishing this quarter! Congratulations to each of our finisher! The purpose of the Club is to encourage us to take the next steps on our quilt projects.

I would like to acknowledge our “Rock Stars” for this session. Gathersnomoss and Peregrineknit will share that title, as each completed SIX (6) projects during the quarter. Congratulations, you two!! Peregrineknit also swooped in posting her final finish less than 24 hours before the midnight (EST) deadline on New Year’s Eve. Thus, she was our “Queen of the Last Minute” for the term.

Thanks to a late-October Quilt Retreat, I contributed the following finish to the session totals:

4. Rainbow Picnic (2017)

The BEST news...

... Is that this quilt is FINALLY ready to be gifted.  (ETA... Done on 1/12/24, but somehow I missed the button when taking a picture.)


The Winter 2024 (Ravelry) UFO Club is OPEN for sign-ups HERE.  YOU are invited join in the finishing fun. Sign-ups will close at Midnight (EDT) on Sunday, January, 7th!  (ETA... So sorry to have somehow missed releasing this post prior to the deadline.)

Until next time...
Mark another UFO off the list!!!