Tuesday, April 30, 2024

The 100 Day Project - #100Days100ThingsDecluttered - Week 10

Welcome to Week 10 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'm releasing weekly updates for those of you who might be interested in seeing what goes out the door.  (This one just didn't get scheduled properly so you are seeing it a little later than normal.)

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.

In case you missed the news...

Current Project Total:  200/100!!!

While I have exceeded my goal...

I'm still NOT stopping!!  I am continuing to declutter my home and studio for the entirety of the 100 Day Project.  I really want to free up MORE space for more creativity.

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

16 balls of yarn donated
1 cardboard box
4 baby outfits
2 baby blankets
1 rattle
1 baby washcloth
3 bottles of expired vitamins
1 empty plastic bottle found in the freezer
16 clothing items
1 pkg fuzzy sticks
4 sheets of packing paper
1 bag of kid toys


Week 10 Total: 54/100

Updated Project Total:  254/100

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!  Jeanne @ Loving Retirement! had the following to say:

Great job - you are now at 200% and going for more!!! I am decluttering too. I have cleaned basement shelves that house kitchen stuff. I thought it was time to get rid of the egg beater and much more. Before heading to thrift shop, I'll make a sweep through a couple of closets.


I'm thrilled to report...

That I'm still chugging along at this decluttering thing.  Unfortunately, I see potential for use of so many items that it can be challenging to let things go.  My main goal for this week was to focus my efforts in the studio, I ended up excavating a tote of sentimental items and I also emptied a packing box.  Yay! Even though it doesn't sound like much, I'm calling it MISSION ACCOMPLISHED for the week.  Come back next week to see what goes in the box during the next 7 days. 

@dothe100dayproject
#The100DayProject
#DoThe100DayProject
#100Days100Things_TheDeclutterEdition
#100Days100ThingsDecluttered
#filltheboxjoy

You can follow me on Instagram @thejoyfulquilter.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2024

ScrapHappySaturday - RSC24 - Week 17

Welcome to Week17 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week felt like a big blur with all of the regular activities and some artsy things thrown into the mix.

Here's how the days passed...


My week began with some art.  The first drawing/painting on the journal page below was created during a class hangout on Get Messy.  The second one was done during my Weekly Morning Art Zoom:


The background scribbles were added while waiting for my Weekly Zoom call with Knittingsuek:


MONDAY - Work


Today was my day off work.  It was filled with errands and not a minute to spare.  I did shoehorn in a moment to snap the following photo of an unidentified plant in my garden with my RSC Quilters friends in mind.  The centers are YELLOW which April's Color of the Month...


These Iris were just planted last Fall.  I was surprised to see them blooming:


WEDNESDAY - The Guest Blogger(s)

Another day off and I spent some time in the garden planting a number of plants that my friend had set aside for me.  (Thanks, Dee Dee!)  The hope is that they will happily spread and camouflage the stump of a fallen tree.  I realize this doesn't make for a great picture and it may be difficult to distinguish the new plants from the weeds.  Just look for the disturbed clay in the photo below:


In neighborhood construction news...

Doors and windows were delivered for the first four houses this morning:


After gardening and yet another errand, I enjoyed my Weekly Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:


THURSDAY - Work

Afterwards, I stopped by home to find that another new house popped up today.  It's the first one they've added on the other side of the street:


Once home, I worked on this art journal page from a lesson with @ivynewport:


And...

Grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading out to my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee meeting with the following in attendance...


But...

What an ordeal it was actually getting to the meeting!  I "lost" my water bottle and searched the house for it...  And the car,  TWICE, because the first time I had something in my hands to drop in the seat and FORGOT that I had gone out to look for something!!  Apparently, I left it at work, which is completely unheard of.  I carry that thing with me EVERYWHERE!!  :o((


Work

Today, the construction crew added a roof to the house that went up yesterday, but they didn't manage to finish wrapping the downstairs:


Tonight, during my Weekly Evening Art Zoom, I did some more work on this little 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 and just so you know, her "soft announcement" for the May Color of the Month is:

PINK

I think that's a great color for the upcoming month, but let's close out this post with the little bit of YELLOW sewing that I did this week:

 
I hope you will follow the links for this week's posts on the entries for Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, if you didn't see them already.

Also...

Thanks SEW much for stopping by!  Please accept my apologies if you didn't receive replies (or received duplicate replies) to any comments you might have left recently, as Blogger's "Notify Me" button was broken and before I realized it, my normal method for responding got all mixed up.

Until next time...
Get SCRAPPY!!

Friday, April 26, 2024

April 2024 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Welcome to the April 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 April was...

UMBRELLAS

I was slow to decide what I wanted to do with this theme, but...

Since the Color of the Month was YELLOW, I took a stroll through my overflowing basket to see what I could find and what ideas the fabrics might spark:


Fabric selections:


Layered for quilting, but cutting it close because of the scraps of backing and batting I chose:


I went with...


Minimal quilting which is really had to see in the photos:


The details and binding...


Will had to wait.  I got a late start on my project, worked yesterday, had a meeting last night, and simply didn't have any more energy for the remaining details.  Additionally, we were away for nearly a week in the middle of the month so preparing for that, recovering from travel, and catching up on missed chores ate up a lot of me "free" time.

Life sometimes gets in the way of our quilting!!

Thanks for understanding.  I would have been SEW pleased to present my completed entry for the April 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge, but it will just have to wait until tomorrow.

The photo of my quilt City Sun Shower is CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE!!!

What's next, Joyful???

The new month is still a few days away so we will probably have to wait a little bit to discover the Color of the Month, I'll reveal it as soon as Angela posts her announcement.

UPDATE:

In Saturday's post Angela made a soft announcement releasing the May Color of the Month:

PINK

May's theme is:

KENTUCKY DERBY

I first thought horses and then entertained the idea of ribbons and/or bows.  Ultimately, I decided that the Kentucky Derby theme will allow for those and more.  I'm looking forward to seeing what YOU will do!

And now...

It's time for YOU to link up your YELLOW and/or UMBRELLA project in the LINK PARTY below.  All entries MUST be submitted by Wednesday, May 1st @ 11:59PM (EDT).


Until next time...
USE those table scraps!!!
#tablescrapschallenge2024

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 52 - Jane's YELLOW Umbrella?!

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  I returned home from a trip to New England to find an email from Jane in Australia last week.  She has completed her entry for the April TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.

This is what she wrote...

Hi Joy,
A block is a finished item if that is what is requested yes?

In 1975 the United Nations designated 8th March as International Women’s Day, with the themes of Equality, Development and Peace. The colours chosen were purple, green and white. A Queensland quilter (probably more than one) has decided to have 50 quilts made by the 50th anniversary of the founding date, and has invited quilters to send in 10 1/2” blocks made with only those colours.




Concerning her entry...

I have several  other blocks ready, but the idea of an umbrella- shelter from the storms of life- seemed appropriate. Obviously I could not include yellow 😢 but more necessary for the block to be correct (and the umbrella handle is a verrry dark green).

I hope this is ok for my Table Scraps entry for this month - they really were all scraps except I cut the white background. Love wandering around the blogosphere but don’t think I will ever dip my actual toes in the actual water - thanks for posting for me.
Jane in Australia.🇦🇺

Give Jane some quilty love in the comments below.  I'm pleased to share the creative way she incorporated this month's challenge into a donation block for her entry.  I know that you enjoy seeing her work as much as I do!  Thank you for sending a photo for the blog, Jane.  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 April 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be opening on  Friday, April 26th @ 12:01 AM.  I hope that YOU will join in the scrappy fun!  You haven't started sewing yet?  No worries.  Small projects are quick to make and entries can be added until Wednesday, May 1st.

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The 100 Day Project - #100Days100ThingsDecluttered - Week 9

Welcome to Week 9 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'm releasing weekly updates for those of you who might be interested in seeing what goes out the door.  (This one just didn't get scheduled properly so you are seeing it a little later than normal.)

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.

While I have met my goal...

I'm NOT stopping there!!  I am continuing to declutter my home and studio for the entirety of the 100 Day Project.  I still need to free up MORE space for more creativity.

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

32 balls of yarn donated
12 balls of yarn gifted




But, WAIT, there's more...

Another trip through the closet turned up the following items:

1 tote bag
2 prs. pants
1 dress
1 flat sheet (without a mate)

Week 9 Total: 49/100


Updated Project Total:  195/100

When I realized how close I was to 200, I decided to take another wander around the studio and found the following items that could go:

1 gift bag
1 sticky ink pen
1 bottle of smelly paint
1 empty bottle of hand sanitizer left sitting on the counter for weeks
1  FQ of fabric that I will never choose to use

Additional Items: 5/100

Revised Project Total:  200/100!!!

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!  Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing had the following to say:

Hooray. Just pulled 2 sets of sheets and a set of towels for the recycling pile! Congrats on your decluttering - its commendable!


This was my response:
  1. That's a great start, Kathleen, because every little bit helps!  I know you just had a big clean out at the apartment, but there's always more to part with, isn't there?

Nann @ With Strings Attached reported with the following:

  1. I have two boxes of stuff to take to the church rummage sale.

To which I replied:
  1. Excellent, Nann!  I'm glad you were able to gather that much stuff for a worthy cause.  The question is... Can you see a difference in the space where the items have been removed?  In my case, the answer is usually a resounding NO!!!  That just means I'll need to head back to that area for another pass, which is what I plan to do with my closet over the weekend.

I'm thrilled to report...

I managed to follow through with another pass through my closet over the weekend, but I didn't get rid of as many items as I had hoped.  Come back next week to see what goes in the box during the next 7 days.  While my main goal in the coming week is to focus my efforts in the studio, I may wander through the clothes again and part with a few more items.

@dothe100dayproject
#The100DayProject
#DoThe100DayProject
#100Days100Things_TheDeclutterEdition
#100Days100ThingsDecluttered
#filltheboxjoy

You can follow me on Instagram @thejoyfulquilter.

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

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sew Some Love Sunday - Compassion Quilt Block Drive - Three Blocks in Three Weeks???

Welcome to another edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  Cynthia @ Quilting is more fun than Housework runs a Compassion Quilt program for her local hospital.  The most recent Block Drive is for Veterans in shades of red, white and blue.  I have a fair amount of patriotic scraps so wanted to help out.

I took the slow route in completing these blocks.  I cut block parts one afternoon a few weeks ago, sewed units another day and finished up the large Churn Dash block last week.  The other night I stitched up the little blocks.

Fortunately...

One of the fabrics I selected includes a bit of gold for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, too, as it's the only YELLOW sewing I've done thus far!  :o))

Unfortunately...

I read patriotic and focused on the patriotic prints, completely forgetting that she wanted to stick to white-based neutrals for the blocks.

Fortunately...

She is flexible and will find a way to use whatever you send her!

Here are the FOUR blocks I made:


Although...

The two 4-Patch blocks will need to be replaced, or forwarded to Cynthia for some other project, as I misread the cutting instructions.  Whoops!  I'm sure she will find a use for them.  The blocks will be going in the mail on Monday or Tuesday.

Until next time...
SEW Some Love!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 16

Welcome to Week 16 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  Well, it was another week that passed in a blur.  I was hoping for a little sewing.  Do YOU think that will happen???

Read on to have a snapshot of my days...

SUNDAY - We were in New England for a family wedding over the weekend.  This morning's festivities included a Farewell Brunch and was followed by...


Doing a portion of the local Cliff Walk: 


While all appears calm in the photo below...


Only moments later the wind was whipping and the waves were crashing on the rocks:


I was glad that my hair was pulled back, but I was wishing for a hat and scarf...


As we enjoyed stretching our legs before the 4-hour car ride back to my BIL's house:


MONDAY - Hanging out with the relatives, I found there is a "Cab" that I can actually tolerate.  This Josh wine is fruit forward with a not so very dry finish:



We're home and the neighborhood grew while we were away!  A new house is up and another is in process:

 
WEDNESDAY - Work

After a quick stop at the store on my way home, I threw the deli items in the fridge and headed up to Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:


After dinner, I enjoyed working on my (adapted) Flower Flow Taster Week class project:


THURSDAY - Work was a bit slow so I decided to turn this photo from Sunday's Cliff Walk...


Into a drawing in my little travel journal:


After work I raced home to attend the Winging It hangout at Get Messy.  We were encouraged to make a list of things that fill us with a sense of wonder or that we find wondrous.  I skipped the list and went right to my favorite collage source, pulling pictures of the sea, the sky, the sunshine, along with flowers and trees.  Nature in all her glory:


FRIDAY - Knit Group was small, but that was ok:


It left more choices for the two who were there for Part One of the "Yarn Party" thanks to my friend Carol.  I will say, neither of these two took enough home with them!  The bulk of these two bags remained in my possession:


Before dinner, I arranged the bouquet of flowers drawn in @lalymille's Flower Flow Taster Week class...


Then glued everything down, added some words and a bit of color:


After dinner, I enjoyed my regular Weekly Evening Art Zoom.  I don't have anything to show for it, as all I did was add a few collage bits and some paint to my Get Messy Art Journal.

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I'm looking forward to visiting with Angela @ So Scrappy to see what the RSC Quilters have been up to this week.  I missed everyone when I was away last weekend.

Until next time...
Get SCRAPPY!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The 100 Day Project - #100Days100ThingsDecluttered - Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of the #100Days100ThingsDecluttered, the current mini-series here on The Joyful Quilter!!  I started The 100 Day Project last week.  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 on Tidy Up Tuesday for those of you who might be interested in seeing what goes out the door.

What did you say your project was, 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 8:

2 outdated meds
1 tunic
2 dresses
1 vest

Total:  6/100


Updated Project Total: 146/100

Thank you to those of you who continue to encourage my decluttering efforts!  I appreciate your kind comments and your willingness to cheer me along.  I'm pleased to report that I have finally made a pass through my closet.  It wasn't much, and I do have plans for another pass through it this coming weekend, but it was a good start while packing for a weekend away.  Come back next week to see what goes in the box during the next 7 days.

@dothe100dayproject
#The100DayProject
#DoThe100DayProject
#100Days100Things_TheDeclutterEdition
#100Days100ThingsDecluttered
#filltheboxjoy

You can follow me on Instagram @thejoyfulquilter.

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

Saturday, April 13, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC 24 - Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week was a blur with very little sewing to share.  OK, so that may even be no sewing, at all.

Stick around to see what else transpired...

SUNDAY - This week began in the usual manner with my Weekly Morning Art Zoom.  I worked on another page in my NEW Get Messy Hangout Journal.  I really enjoy expanding on the pages from my 2024 Artist Almanac...


Instead of decluttering the wire basket shown below, I opted to give it a new purpose.  I found that I needed to do a bit of organizing after lunch since these journals have fallen off the shelf no less than a half dozen times over the past few months.  Now they are tidy, tucked away, as well as easily accessible... WITHOUT causing an avalanche:


This afternoon, I enjoyed an ARTventure with Britt via Zoom.  While she worked on some special art pieces for an upcoming retreat, I made a(nother) new journal:


WAIT!!!  What happened to my weekly Zoom call with Knittingsuek???

That happened yesterday before my body decided to make things interesting with a fever and chills:


What's this about fever and chills, Joyful???

They also returned just after Britt and I said our goodbyes.  I knew I was fading fast, but I didn't expect the fever and chills to return at the same time this evening as they arrived yesterday!  :o((

MONDAY - Work...

Or not!!!  I made a call to my doctor's office bright and early this morning.  Remarkably enough, I ended up at a Sick Visit only an hour later.  It came complete with an examination, a chest x-ray, and a pharmacy run.  The good news?  I don't have pneumonia.  Yay!!  It's only a sinus infection.  Thank you, Great Pollen Drop.  Sigh...

I got home in time for the Eclipse, but this is the only one I saw from my couch:


After dinner, I went up to watch the day's presentation for Mixed Media Binge Week with Jennifer Chamberlin.  Alas, it was ONLY available on Facebook...


So I added some bits and pieces to my Get Messy Art Journal instead:



Work...

And the new view from my studio window:

 
WEDNESDAY - Wonderful Wednesday

After work, I quickly sat my water cup down on my scrappy YELLOW mug rug made a year or so ago while I went to change clothes and...


Head up to Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:


THURSDAY - It's the start of my weekend.  I'm off today and tomorrow!  :o))

Spring is blooming in my yard...

I spotted these azaleas on my way back from taking out the trash:


This bush is nearly is almost completely covered in little flowers:


FRIDAY - We're on the road today, but...

The biggest surprise yesterday morning was finding this purple iris taking center stage in the planter out front.  I was thrilled since I thought my neighbor had only shared YELLOW ones: