Sunday, March 31, 2024

Sew Some Love Sunday - Covered in Love - Potato Chip Block Drive

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  It's been quite some time since the last post in this series.  I'm writing to let you know about an opportunity shared by one of the blogs I follow.

Read on to find out more...

Kat @ Kat and Cat Quilts Covered in Love often offers a quarterly Block Drive.  She announced the Spring Block Drive in this week's blog post HERE.  In that post, Kat showed a couple of quilts recently dropped off for donation.

Here is the block that I made yesterday based on the farmhouse vibe requested:

Thank you, Kat!  I have been waiting for a for a reason to try this block.  I dove into my 2 - 2 7/8" scrap drawer and chose the appropriate colors and sized scraps.  The instructions are thorough.  The block layout is very easy and the block goes together quickly:

I am thrilled to have used some scrap fabrics for a good cause.  If YOU have some scraps that fit the theme, I'm sure that Kat would LOVE for you to make a block or two ( or ten!)


If you want to use bigger pieces and make a quilt instead of a block, check out super cool video by Sew, Yeah on YouTube using 6.5" x 12.5" pieces or check out Stephanie's video @ Quilting with Stephanie's Stitches HERE for a 60" x 72" quilt.  You might want to check with Kat before you send it off to her, as I can't recall the finished size she likes for the hospitals served by her charity.

Until next time...
SEW some love!!

Saturday, March 30, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 13

Welcome to Week 13 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week is fairly full.  You might expect the normal weekly things and the usual "month end" activities, but WAIT, there's MORE!

Read on to find out what kept me busy...


I began the day with my Weekly Morning Art Zoom:

After lunch I spent some time chatting with Knittingsuek during our weekly Zoom call.  On the neighborhood front, the foundations are set on the first 4 houses and framing materials have been delivered:


If you haven't heard the news...

Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of that post!!

Now, about today...

This week's "Mid-Week Weekend" started early.  I ended up with a very full day on my "day off"!  I met Tracy for knitting...

Who gifted me with this old typewriter that I'm looking forward to using for my journals:

Shopping resulted in the following purchases for an upcoming family event:

After a quick lunch...

I was introduced to this beauty:

WEDNESDAY - I was off work again today and hoped to finish up a PURPLE scrap sewing project...

But looked forward to my weekly Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:


This was the view out the studio window, as the framing of the first house is going up:

I was only home for a short while before heading out to my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee, where I shared this week's paper quilting:

Work, so there was no Knit Group for me.  :o((

I made a quick stop at the grocery on my way home and once again thanked my lucky stars that the construction workers didn't start out with the house right next door:

After dinner I enjoyed my Weekly Evening Art Zoom.  I added collage bits to my Get Messy Art Journal and cut a food package into the base for a new junk journal:

Britt and I stayed after to chat for a while, but the phone was charging so I managed to capture a really strange angled photo AND move the phone while attempting it:

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.  Personally, I'm anxious to see if the Color of the Month for April has been revealed!


The Color of the Month for April is...


Until next time...

Friday, March 29, 2024

March 2024 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Welcome to the March 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.

The theme for March was...


I wasn't where I was going with that, but...

Since the Color of the Month was PURPLE, I rummaged through that basket to see what I could find:

Nothing jump out at me to use...

However, I remembered the scrap bag received recently from my friend Deborah:

It didn't take much time to work up a layout...

For a special gift:

Have you tried raw-edge applique??  It's my preferred method.

The quilt was layered up with a near-perfect scrap of batting and with a few pins, my entry was ready for quilting:

Once the main elements were quilted, I remove the pins...

And called in the assistance of Britt.  She suggested the sliver of a circle near the top right corner and confirmed my idea of the quarter circle at the lower right corner:

While satisfied with the quilting, I decided that the little bird on the right needed some help.  Especially since I no longer liked the idea of trimming the quilt at that point.  So...

I added a few more pieces to complete the scene and I'm SEW pleased to present my completed entry for the March 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge:

At 11.5" x 13.5", this wall hanging is sure to be well received.


It was fun to find a use for this sweet PURPLE floral print:

What's next, Joyful???

The new month is still a few days away so we may have to wait to discover the Color of the Month, I will reveal that as soon as Angela posts her announcement.


The Color of the Month for April is...


April's theme is:


Angela's chosen Color of the Month will be updated here and on the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge tab located at the top of the page once it's been announced.

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your PURPLE and/or BIRD project in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Wednesday, April 3rd @ 11:59PM (EST).

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

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The 100 Day Project - #100Days100ItemsDecluttered - Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the #100Days100ThingsDecluttered new mini-series here on The Joyful Quilter!!  I started The 100 Day Project on February 18th.  I'm still shocked that I finally committed to it.  It's particularly popular on Instagram.  I have been hesitant to participate before now.  I'll be releasing weekly updates for those of you who might be interested in seeing what goes out the door.

What's your project, again, Joyful???

I signed up with a different idea in mind than most.  You can read about it HERE.  That link will tell you all about my project.

The gist of my focus...

Decluttering my home and studio in an effort to free up space for MORE creativity.

Here's my progress for Week Five from all around the house, studio and garage:

1 clock
9 quilting fat quarters
3 (ancient) lipsticks
1 pkg applique pins
9 kitchen utensils
3 plastic bottles
1 nail file
4 pkgs. buttons
1 glue stick that I finally scooped all the glue out of
4 Halloween mini party lamps

Week 5 Total: 36/100

Updated Project Total: 100/100!!!

Thank you to those of you who encouraged me in my decluttering efforts last week!  I appreciate your kind comments and your willingness to cheer me along!  Sara @ My Sewing Room blog left the following report:

I'm getting a big kick out of your decluttering progress - and you've inspired me too. And I've been keeping a list. This morning I cleared out 2 Christmas wreaths, 4 kids puzzles, and a whole bag full of clothes I don't wear anymore. They are going to Good Will right after my haircut.

Here was my response:

That's AWESOME news, Sara!! Glad to hear that you are jumping on the declutter train!

Good luck in adding items to your list, Sara!!

Come back next week to see what goes in the box during the next 7 days.  In the interim, you can see the progress that Chantal is making HERE.  Find the story about halfway down the page in the section titled Decluttering With Joy.  :o))


You can follow me on Instagram @thejoyfulquilter.

Until next time...
Do the 100 Day Project!!!

Sunday, March 24, 2024

ProjectQUILTING - PQ 15.6 - Irish Chain


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 week.

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 15.6 can be found at THIS LINK:

Step One...

Respond neutrally, as the Irish Chain is one of my most favorite quilts, but I'm not feeling particularly creative tonight.

Step Two...

Shake my head in disbelief that it took me until 10 PM on MONDAY to check the prompt for this week and then read the instructions to see what is required of the sixth and final challenge of the season.  Here's what Trish had to say:


In addition to today being our last challenge announcement, it’s also St. Patrick’s Day. I’m told we make a much bigger deal of St. Patty in the US than anywhere else in the world, and it’s true Wisconsin drinkers love an opportunity to wet their whistle, whether it be Guinness from the old country or a Spotted Cow with a green label.
So this week let’s celebrate this odd holiday, sketchy mythology, and the country from whence it sprung. But since we’re quilters, let’s work with variations on the simple, dynamic quilt pattern, Irish Chain.

Step Three...

Head up to the studio to check my library to see if I can find the book I won back in 2015.

Why, Joyful???

Well, it's PERFECT for this project!  It's a copy of Melissa Corry's book Irish Chain Quilts. Her contemporary take on this classic block is just what I need to complete this challenge.

Step Four...

Check out the Scrap Station for supplies:

Tutorial for these baskets can be found HERE.


After a rummage through the PURPLE scrap basket and a scan of what else was on offer, my eyes zeroed in on this little set of storage drawers:

My mind went back to my Weekly Quilt Group, I have no idea how many years it's been.  The bottom drawer holds some special scraps from my friend Jean.  Leftover bits from her Nausea quilt.  Terrible name, awesome quilt!  Even though I haven't been able to find Melissa's book, these bits will be just right for this week's challenge:

Step Five...

Review the rules:

RULE ONE: Your project must be inspired by the traditional Irish Chain quilt design.

If you want some tips on the Irish Chain block the Fat Quarter Shop has some great Youtube videos:

They also offer a FREE downloadable Irish Fade Quilt pattern!

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 March 17, 2024, and linked up by noon Central Time March 24, 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... Get to work!!!

I began by stitching up the pieces and parts into quilt blocks:

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.)

Step Seven... Play with the resulting blocks!!!

This is the approximate layout that I'm aiming for:

Once the arrangement was set, the next task was to begin assembling the top:

What was leftover from these gifted leftovers, Joyful???

All that remained was five blocks... 


I'm already developing a plan for them:

With the top done...

I chose backing, batting, and binding scraps:

Here's the backing that I worked out:

With only a single day until the deadline...

My entry was layered and ready for quilting:

Just less that 24 hours before the deadline, my entry is...

Quilted and ready for binding:

Finally, on Sunday morning my project was done...

I'm SEW pleased to present my completed entry for PQ 15.6:

Approx. 15" x 33"

It's fully reversible, too:

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

... And this time, it was because I've been waiting for a reason to use these special scraps and when I finished assembling my entry, these two bits were all that was left in the drawer:

Thank you, again, Jean!!  I enjoyed using these beautiful scraps.
Bonus points for including some PURPLE for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  :o))

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 2 days after the prompt was released and was finished with only 4 hours to spare!  My post was ready for release with the exception of a few final photos days before my table runner was done.  I'm just glad that I managed to complete my entry and accompanying post in time to join Kim's final Link Party of Season 15 (a mere 40 minutes before the deadline.)  It was SEW uncomfortable cutting it that close!

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.)

Saturday, March 23, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!
Thanks to those of you who offered well wishes last week!  The cough seems to be much improved.  Lucky thing, too!  This week is jam packed with things to do, places to go, and people to see.

Read on to discover what items were on my agenda...

SUNDAY - Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I had fun creating this background in advance of today's holiday...

These few collaged elements completed the journal spread.  Suggestions, anyone?  Looking at it now, it seems as if it could use a few enhancements:

The following journal page was made with assistance of the Roll the Dice game during this morning's Weekly Morning Art Zoom hangout using the following prompts; transparent, floral, water soluble, something found (which I inadvertently neglected to use), and watercolor for Round 1:

Round 2 used these prompts; markers, pastels, stencil, gel plate print (Thanks, Britt!), and make collage fodder - which I apparently traded for the "something found" prompt that I missed during Round 1, as I don't tend to make collage fodder:

This afternoon, I spent some time chatting with Knittingsuek during our weekly Zoom session:


I ran SEVEN (7) errands between work and meeting Britt for dinner!!  (Seven errands in 2 hours is pretty impressive, even by my standards.)  We enjoyed a short visit before heading off to our Monthly Quilt Guild meeting.  Afterwards, there was one more errand before making my way home.


Today, I went straight home to get busy on this week's ProjectQUILTING challenge.  Well, that was the plan, but what I did instead was check the mail, make a cup of tea, and sit on the couch catching up on emails and writing an outline for this post.  Sigh... I guess I was just TOO productive yesterday and needed to make up for it this afternoon!

By the way...

Happy 1st Day of SPRING!!!  Spring brings new GROWTH!!  :o))

I've got another mid-week "weekend" this week.  Today, I finally got around to creating a journal page from Monday's lesson at Get Messy.

I also cut the rows for my PURPLE project for the RSC out of this mess of joined and pressed fabric strips:

And then...

I worked on assembling a PURPLE quilt top:

I enjoyed my weekly Zoom session with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

THURSDAY - I ventured off for a visit with my Weekly Quilt Group friends.  What fun!  I shared this mug rug made of scraps from my Wearables challenge entry a couple weeks ago:

This afternoon I was thrilled to be able to participate in Traci's Winging It hangout on Get Messy.  We were playing with Seed Packet zines bases on what we want to grow in our art or in our lives:

FRIDAY - Knit Group?  Nope!  I was scheduled for the early shift at work AGAIN today.  That doesn't leave enough time to slot in a visit with my knitting friends.  :o((

At this evenings TGI(A)W hangout with my Get Messy friends, I worked on finishing up my response of @janethecrazy's Mindless Playfulness class:

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 was late posting because of an early class at Get Messy.  Jane and the Season of Growth was more of a process demo and I worked on the following "paint off" page this morning...


I went to Britt's house for an ARTventure Day:

A good time was had by all.  :o))
Until next time...

Sharing with Alycia