Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgivings patchwork tablecloth

patchwork on the table - can be very elegant depending on the fabric chosen

baby corduroy with toile de juoy print
burn out velvet and home dec fabrics

Various fabric rectangles, cut 8"x 10 1/2" (tablecloth shown is 81 rectangles)
Backing fabric
Binding fabric
Sewing Machine
Serger & Serger thread (optional)
Sewing thread

Select fabrics that are all approximately the same weight. If you choose really thick fabrics and some that are very thin, the seams in your tablecloth will not lie flat and thus create hills and valleys. These can be hazardous and create spills.  I chose mostly medium weight home decor fabrics, a few thinner velvet burnouts that I backed with another fabric, some baby corduroy, velveteens, and brocades. The fabric choices I made require that I dry clean this tablecloth.

I suggest you lay out all the pieces on your table or a large open surface such as the floor. This will allow you to see the "finished look" you are creating and adjust the placement of the rectangles.

Sew or serge all the pieces, end to end, into strips, each strip being 9 rectangles long. You should have 9 strips. If the edges of the fabric ravel, you will need to overcast those edges if you use a sewing machine.
Sew the 9 strips together to form the tablecloth.
Back the tablecloth with backing fabric.
Bind the edges with fabric of choice. I would use a thinner fabric for this so that the binding is not too thick.

See the entire table setting by clicking HERE.

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
--Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn
(A translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)

I'm thankful for Jane who is my sister in crime on this project. We spent quite a bit of time selecting fabrics at a great store in Edmond, OK!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November QuicKutz club

Paper as shown ( I have the background paper with the words and the pumpkins)
Cottage Cutz Squirrel and Oak leaves with acorns
QuicKutz Scalloped Oval Nesting dies
Brown cat's eye ink pad
Pop dots

*Copic markers were used to color the oak leaves, acorns, squirrel - we will have some in class for use.

See you Saturday at 10am!! Hope you'll be there...