My Daughter Makes a Tablecloth

Jan 2, 2013

 

My daughter resumes sewing
after a twenty-year hiatus.
This is a proud moment
in tablecloth history.

It's good to have quilting friends
come for a visit.
Finished quilts are a cause
for celebration.
Once the holiday decorations are put away, it's a great time to start sewing for your home. Like a coat of fresh paint, some throw pillows, curtains, or a table runner will really refresh a room.

My older daughter got a head start on this when she realized that her kitchen table really needed a tablecloth and she couldn't find one in the right size or in a color she liked. So when she was visiting me one weekend, we headed to a quilt shop and she enjoyed the luxury of the multitude of fabric choices. After a few review lessons on the sewing maching (and the serger!) she was on her way. By the end of the afternoon, the tablecloth was completed--mitered corners and all.

When the new year starts, I also enjoy reflecting on some sewing highlights from the past year. This tablecloth made the cut. Here are some of my favorite sewing moments from 2012. 

1. My daughter makes a tablecloth. Although both my daughters learned to sew at a young age, my older daughter dropped it at around age 10. But this fall, she hankered for a tablecloth and asked me to help her make one. And she did!

 2. A friend visits with her stitching. It was a delight to have a dear friend visit this October to enjoy the beauty of New England. We  walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, hiked along the coast of Maine, and toured Louisa May Alcott's home. And as an added bonus, we had time to quilt and talk for hours every evening.

  3. A batik-lover finishes her quilt. A group of my friends get together once a year for Craft Day--an entire day devoted to quilting, knitting, and enjoying the luxury of non-stop stitching. Almost two years ago, the quilt pictured here was started on Craft Day.  When I was home for Christmas, I saw it completely finished. Stunning!

The stitchers that I know--of all ages, skills, and specialties--form a community that enriches my life daily. I am grateful to be a part of it and am inspired every day by the people around me.

To start making memories for 2013, the Spring issue of Stitch has a fun section on projects for your porch and garden. Start now to refresh your home for the warmer weather.

And please share with us your favorite sewing highlights from 2012. We love hearing your stories.

Happy stitching,

   

 

 


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AmyLouShep wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 7:33 AM

One of my favorite stitching projects from 2012 was making Angry Bird stuffed toys. I found all the patterns and instructions on the web.  Even though I have been sewing for almost 60 years, these stuffed toys were made with an applique technique that I had never used before.  It was very exciting and stimulating to me to learn a new way to applique.  Although I did do most of the sewing, my grandsons joined me in making these Angry Birds and we enjoyed this experience together. Sewing is most certainly a big part of my life.   Sincerely, Amy Sheppard  

jkdobie wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 8:38 AM

Just a question about making the tablecloth:  Doesn't it have to be treated in some way to resist staining?  I haven't made a tablecloth because I thought you had to use some kind of special fabric.

Rose@Quilt wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 9:16 AM

This table cloth was made in a quality quilting cotton with no fabric treatment at all. It's going to be in use every day and tossed into the washing machine periodically. A stain-resistanct spray (such as Scotchgard by 3m) might be a good option. The print on this tablecloth will hide minor stains. I'd say give it a try!

on Jan 2, 2013 9:50 AM

My sewing highlights for 2012 was when my son ask me to make  aprons for  my granddaughter  in her school  play kitchen so I made 4 aprons and chef hats in differnet colors and the school was happy with them they put them on there web site  Patricia Carbery

Rose@Quilt wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 9:52 AM

Chef hats!!! I love it!

BeautifulBev wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 10:50 AM

I too needed a tablecloth, but for the holiday dinner just past.  Last summer at a garage sale, I pounced on a lovely red fitted sheet - stripe motif and very heavy weight.  I cut off all the elastic, washed it and stashed it.  

Come Christmas, I cut the piece to size plus several inches for hemming.  Pressed, pinned and sewed, then pressed again.  Was very festive.  Have cuts remaining for four napkins and a runner.  Hope to finish them before next Christmas.  

BeautifulBev wrote
on Jan 2, 2013 10:51 AM

I too needed a tablecloth, but for the holiday dinner just past.  Last summer at a garage sale, I pounced on a lovely red fitted sheet - stripe motif and very heavy weight.  I cut off all the elastic, washed it and stashed it.  

Come Christmas, I cut the piece to size plus several inches for hemming.  Pressed, pinned and sewed, then pressed again.  Was very festive.  Have cuts remaining for four napkins and a runner.  Hope to finish them before next Christmas.  

on Jan 2, 2013 11:29 AM

In the mail on December 24, I received a Christmas card from the man and his wife that received the Quilt of Valor I made last year. It brought me to tears. I think it touched me more than it touched him.

marywos wrote
on Jan 4, 2013 10:12 AM

I too made my first table cloth this year for a Christmas present. I bought 56 inch cotton fabric with a flower pattern, made ruffles for the sides and over dyed it.

My daughter-in-law loved it. Thank the Lord for these great machines and gadgets that go with them!

on Jan 5, 2013 10:02 AM

A friend gave me a beautiful flat queen sheet with flowers in rose, mauve, maroon. Some of the colors in the front of my house. I have a large table and made a tablecloth and eight napkins.  Nothing special, except that it fits and I  love it.