With the weather outside not something I wanted to experience I stayed indoors yesterday and worked on more projects from my stash of fabrics. What is better on a cold winter day that to work on a new blanket. This one used a vintage tablecloth and an old blanket. I spotted this tablecloth a few months ago and had to have it. First it was in my favorite color, but that wasn’t the real reason. This tablecloth brought back memories of my grandparents and the simple tablecloths they used every day. There was one that was always on the dining room table, but there was another on the small drop-leaf table in the kitchen as well. This was where friends would sit and enjoy a cup of tea when dropping in unannounced and where my grandfather sat to read the afternoon paper when returning home for work.
Friends would notice the tiny mends my grandmother carefully stitched to preserve the life of her tablecloths. These were often noticed by the watchful eye of a friend who rather than look down on the fact my grandparents had repaired it would instead remark on the lovely job she did and how unnoticeable it was. This was the generation I grew up with, people who believed in repairing what they owned and taking pride in their work. When I spotted this tablecloth, sure it was the color that drew my attention first, but then it was the carefully mended spots, worn from age, which had me longing to display it in my home… and for $1 I couldn’t resist.
This all cotton tablecloth had original imperfections which didn’t seem to bother the previous owner. You can see here where the fabric hadn’t been blocked properly before applying the design.
I had an old fleece blanket that I didn’t like but it was perfect to use as the batting instead of purchasing new polyester batting as wool is hard to find and expensive here. Again, this is how the past generations made quilts, they used old blankets as the batting.
Today, when not being used, it drapes over the back of the futon couch. Ignore my son’s notebook and laptop as he was visiting to work with me at the time I took this photograph.
I also finished a few of the napkins. Since the thread was free these worked out to approximately $0.01 each. Not bad really. There were some vintage fabrics which I took a chance and included in the fabrics I bought, I’m glad I did as these were the first ones the children noticed.
I worked with the fabrics I could use the same thread on so there are still darker fabrics left to finish, the little one are thrilled to have 30 napkins to take home. They wanted me to take pictures of their favorites and seeing how excited they were to see them photographed I thought I would share them with you.
I only found one of this panel but the little one wanted it because she loved the flowers which reminded her of her own garden.
This vintage fabric I had a large enough piece of to make several for both granddaughters.
Another one which reminds me of a Holly Hobby doll, never owned one so maybe it is her? I only found a small piece of this fabric but thought the girls would like it. I made them each two small napkins perfect for a snack or sandwich which doesn’t call for a large napkin.
I have no idea why this fabric was pulled out of the pile and exclaimed over but since both of the two older ones liked this and asked for it to be included I did, maybe this is why I’m told I spoil them. :-)
I finished another 40 napkins last evening which I will share with you when they are all finished. It’s good to see the fabric pile shrinking.