Saturday, June 29, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  I'll cut to the chase.  This week was another mixed bag. Did I get any BLUE scrap sewing done?  Maybe so, but you'll need to keep reading to find out for sure.

However, here is what you missed from LAST Saturday...

I enjoyed an afternoon Get Messy Art Zoom with Kristi Nazarro:

I worked on this little accordion journal made from a magazine page that I had been saving:


Had an impromptu Zoom call with Britt since the class ended earlier that we thought it might:

SUNDAY - During my Weekly Morning Art Zoom, I worked on a few random projects, but didn't take any photos.

After a quick bite to eat, I enjoyed my weekly Zoom call with Knittingsuek:

Later in the afternoon, I completed the second out of four lessons from the FREE Watercolor Mastery class that I signed up for earlier this month:


Late in the evening, I began to feel unwell.  Headachy, feverish, and then chills set in, so I took some Tylenol and headed to bed.  I'm not pointing any fingers, but someone in our household suffered from similar symptoms all last week.  Sigh...

I was supposed to work today, but...

I'm sick (again)!  This morning, the fever was gone, but the body aches and nausea had set in.  :o((

I didn't sew, knit, or art today.  I napped off and on all day.  (Un) Lucky me!  My fever came back at dinnertime.  The only photo for today... BLUE scraps in quilts on my bed comforted me:

WEDNESDAY - Day off work.  Thankfully! 

I rested much of the day and felt a LOT better by midafternoon, so it appears that it was just a 24-hour bug.  I braved the stairs and went up to the studio to do a bit of art.  The prompts were hummingbird and coffee.  I finished these two ICAD entries...

Before time to Zoom with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

I also completed the next layer of my Mixed Media Poppy lesson from The Social Easel:

THURSDAY - Work was followed by a brief rest and a trip to visit with my Monthly Evening Quilt Bee friends.  It was a packed house tonight!  We had 11 quilters in attendance:

Well... Technically, 7 quilters, 1 cross stitcher, 1 knitter, and 2 art journalers!  :o))


Once dinner was done, I headed upstairs for my Weekly Evening Art Zoom to work on these two pages in my Ugly Art Club 5 Minute Challenge 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.

As for my sewing for the week...

I managed a bit of sewing before work on Thursday.  It was my Show and Tell for that night's Quilt Bee meeting:

Until next time...

Friday, June 28, 2024

June 2024 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Welcome to the June 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 June was...


I really THOUGHT that I knew where I was going with that, but...

The Color of the Month was BLUE and when I rummaged through that basket to see if I could find what I was looking for, I came up with a bunch of scraps, but not the ones I was hoping to find:

It was time to pivot...

Enter Francine's recent (gifted scrap) Bag of Joy with this wonderful array of BLUE scraps, conveniently sewn into the strip set shown below:

My entry was ready for quilting with the addition of batting and backing:

I went minimal with the quilting this time:

The next step was cutting the table runner sized piece into placemats...

I was pleased to get three out of the panel:

The first one finished, shown on the porch swing:

Next, I found some some WATERMELON solid to bind another...

And then there were TWO:

When I didn't think I would have time to finish another, I pushed myself a little harder...

Suddenly, there were THREE:

I enjoyed combining Francine's leftovers with this month's TABLE SCRAPS Challenge to make these three placemats for our guild's Meals-On-Wheels contribution.  Watermelon was a fun challenge for me.  It's not just a fruit, but a color, as well:

What's next, Joyful???

A new month begins the day after tomorrow.  Angela announced the Color of the Month for July on her Rainbow Scrap Challenge post the morning after the Link Party went live.  It's a cool color for a hot month:


July's theme is:


And now...

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

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

Sharing with Alycia

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Guest Blogger(s) - Vol. 54 - Jane's Taste of Watermelon

Welcome to another edition of The Guest Blogger(s)!!  I recently received an email from Jane in Australia.  She has completed her entry for the June TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.

This is what she had to say...

Hello Joy,
I hope your health has been better lately, and also that you aren’t feeling hemmed in by the new neighbourhood popping up around you.
This month almost on the top of my scraps were the blue nautical fabric and the white sashing fabric - exact amounts of both!

Here is her entry:

The blue waves around the border took just 3 seconds to find…. So plenty of blue and plenty of water, - but it’s supposed to be watermelon!🍉
So a watermelon binding- including the black seeds !!
Someone will love it when it makes its way to Meals on Wheels.
Hoping your summer is lovely, we are heading into winter.🥶
Warm regards,
Jane in Australia.

Give Jane some quilty love in the comments below.  I let her know that I loved the way she focused on the water and then threw in the watermelon seed binding.  I'm pleased to share donation placemat entry with us.  I feel certain that you enjoy seeing her work as much as I do!  Thank you for sending a photo for the blog, Jane.  I enjoy being able to post your projects (and anyone else's without a blog.)  It's SEW nice to be inspired by quilters around the globe who share ways to USE the scraps that most of us continue to accumulate!

Link Party REMINDER...

The June 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Link Party will be opening on  Friday, June 28th @ 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, July 3rd @ 11:59 PM (EDT).

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

Saturday, June 22, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week I'm REALLY hoping to get my post release in a timely fashion.  No promises, though.  I'm also hoping to share some BLUE sewing, too.  Did that happen???

Read on to find out...

SUNDAY - This week began with my usual Weekly Morning Art Zoom.  It was Roll the Dice day with the following prompts:  favorite tool, pencil marks, map, dots, and orange...

Another roll presented the following prompts...

Black, tissue or napkin, favorite color, make marks, colored pencil:

After lunch Knittingsuek and I got together for our weekly Zoom call:

Once dinner was done, I took a FREE ombre acrylic Poppy painting class:

I used the excess paint for the "ellipse" ICAD prompt shown in the 2nd photo below:

MONDAY - Work was preceded by a bit of art.  I added another layer to my Mini Muse Maker journal spread.  I adapted the instructions from a FREE class with @delightrogers_art:

After work, I stopped by home (and Britt's house) before heading to my Monthly Quilt Guild meeting.  Alas, car trouble sent me back to my house instead.  I watched our speaker Kena Dorsey's presentation about Using African Fabrics in Quilts on my computer:

My favorite was this self-portrait pairing African fabrics with solid fabrics:

TUESDAY - I was off work today.  You KNOW what that means, don't you?

Yep.  A little bit of art was followed by errands and appointments.  I added more watercolor marks to the CREATIVITY card below:

Fortunately, I got home with the groceries before these guys rolled in...

And blocked our driveway while delivering two loads of wallboard:

Since I was "trapped" at home, I work on the first layer of my "Impasto" Poppy painting.  Can you see all the texture?  The photo below shows how it looked at the end of the night:

WEDNESDAY - Day two of my mid-week weekend.

I'm not sure what kept me busy during the morning hours, but after lunch I met with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color for our weekly Zoom session:

THURSDAY - Work...

Beforehand, I added some details to my latest Poppy painting.  One more layer of paint is needed to fill in those stems:

I was excited to get off work early enough to attend Traci's Winging It hangout on Get Messy:

I went a different direction with the idea that she presented and came up with the following page...

And worked on watercolor elements from Kristi Nazarro's lesson from Tuesday for an idea I found to implement Traci's pocket element missing from the photo above:


Was preceded by the addition of a sew details to the ICAD cards shown below, Ranunculus and Beach:

After dinner, I enjoyed hanging out with my Get Messy art friends during my Weekly Evening Art Zoom.  I worked on a few random things, but don't have photos to share.

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I hope you will visit Angela @ So Scrappy to see what the RSC Quilters have been up to this week.  I was actually EARLY to the party to join the link-up.

Were you wondering about my scrappy sewing last week???

I only shared snippets, but here are the first two items completed for a swap.  Mug Rugs made with my Bag Of Joy (BOJ) scraps from Francine:

Thanks, Francine!

The other items will be shared next Friday for the June 2024 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge.  Have you started your WATERMELON and/or BLUE project yet???  The Link Party goes LIVE on Friday, June 28th at 12:01 AM and will remain open until Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:59 PM.  There's still PLENTY of time to start and maybe even finish an entry, if you would like to participate.

Until next time...

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC24 - Week 24

Welcome to Week 24 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and the latest edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  This week was filled to the brim with activities and artwork.  BLUE sewing???  Obviously, busy enough that I didn't get my post written in a timely fashion.

Keep reading to find out...

SUNDAY - This week began with my usual Weekly Morning Art Zoom.  I worked on entries for the Index Card a Day challenge...

Lavender and Waves shown above.  Potpourri and Orange, below.

After lunch, I enjoyed a visit with Knittingsuek:

MONDAY - Work was preceded by a bit of art.  I started the journal page last night and added a few more details this morning.  Other members of the Curiosity Collective will be working on theirs before I get home this afternoon:

TUESDAY - Work was scheduled for today, but I took time to watch the latest class from Get Messy and decided that this quote was what I wanted for my journal page:

After work, I was off to the doctor to see if he can figure out why I'm coughing...  Again.

What did he say, Joyful???

(Apparently...)  There's nothing wrong.  Grr!  Just like when you take a car to the mechanic and it won't make the noise it's been making... I didn't cough ONCE during the entire appointment.  Sigh...  I'm guessing this means that it's just my reflux going through the roof and I'll have to be more careful about what I'm eating, so as not to aggravate it further.


My computer start page had me thinking of the RSC Quilters with this clear BLUE water:

After work, I raced home for my weekly Zoom call with LeeAnna @ Not Afraid of Color:

THURSDAY - Today was the start of my 4-day weekend!!!  :o))

What a treat it was to visit with the lovely ladies of my (Weekly) Morning Quilt Bee:

After errands and some lunch, I dove into the Watercolor Mastery class series with Emily Olson that I signed  up for earlier this month.  I mixed up my own pinks for the flower painting below:

FRIDAY - I was super excited to attend Knit Group...

But first I did a bit of BLUE binding:

Once that was done, I headed out to meet Tracy at our favorite coffee shop, as the rest of the group members were busy with summer plans (or sleeping late) instead of knitting:

SATURDAY - It's LINK PARTY day for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!  I hope you visited Angela @ So Scrappy to see what the RSC Quilters have been up to this week.  I was focused on making headway on this month's donation project and only managed to copy her link for my post... You know the one?  The post that I was too busy to release.

Here is some BLUE scrap sewing that I hope will make up for neglecting to link up earlier:

This afternoon I had an art Zoom with Claudette @thecreativeflourish making affirmation cards.  I repeated the process on my journal page shown in the top left of the photo below:

Turquoise/teal are shades of BLUE, right?  See!  I was thinking of my RSC Quilter friends (even if I have been hit or miss in visiting everyone's posts lately.)  Time is a limited resource and I've been spending more of mine on art this month.  Never fear... I'm still quilting!  Just not quite so much as I used to.

Note to my regular readers...

My apologies to those of you who missed my post over the weekend.  Thank you to those of you who wrote to check up on me!  I'm doing ok.  My back is MUCH better!  Although, not quite 100%, but my pain level is down at the lower end of the scale and most often residing at a dull ache, as opposed to the level 10 that it had been.

Until next time...