Thursday, 2 January 2014

tablecloth

Today I thought I would share a cloth with you that I made many years ago and found in the drawer under my bed whilst searching for another cloth. It is now on the dining room table, well in the centre of the table as it is only 32" square.  I was given this with less than one corner done but cannot remember who it was from. Might even have found it in a charity shop or similar but I think it was more likely given to me by an elderly lady who could no longer see,   hang on as I wrack by brain I have a vague motion it might have been one Granny started, she passed away in 1956 and when I grew up and showed an interest in stitchery Mum gave me quite a few things Granny had done  ( Dad`s Mum) my Mum was not a stitcher.. I enjoyed doing it, it is the only piece of cut work I have done, when I look closely I can see errors but it has stood up to washing a few times so has not done badly.
It is not raining today so have hung it on tine line to photo



Last year I also had a go at a slash and stack hanging, I though I had blogged about this before but can find no trace of it so it must have been in my dreams.I followed a video on justhands-ontv which was very instructive.


I have put a narrow border in lime green around it as there are tiny areas of lime in the fabrics,  I did have a dark turquoise wider border on too but did not like it, prefer just a narrow one. the backing is turquoise with white spots.  The batting is one with a sort of sticky side to it, I have this on the top with the quilt on it, not sure if this is correct.  It is all tacked ready for quilting but still cannot decide how to tackle it,   would prefer to do it by hand but as to what colour thread and what pattern  I have no idea. Advice and suggestions please

This is a photo taken during the summer before border etc was added, it shows the colours better as it was a sunny day.


I have added another photo for my CQJP for 2103 that I took in the garden this morning too as the colours are more true than the one I put on my previous blog

33 comments:

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

You've inspired me to finish the quilt I started! Lovely :) x

Cattinka said...

Quilts always look better on sunny days. You found a real heirloom with that tablecloth.
I din´t like the sticky battings, I think they turn "hard" once you wash the quilt. For the quilting I don´t have any good advice, because that is the part about quilt making that I do not like very much.
Have a good New Year!
KATRIN W.

Susan Hook said...

The table cloth is beautiful, it must have taken a long time to make! You are progressing well with your quilt making, you have a good eye for colour.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Seeing your tablecloth, reminds me of Cindy Needham...have you seen the things she does with tablecloths such as yours? You always manage to accomplish so much and so beautifully!
xo,
Deb

Nana said...

Wow, the pics smply show wonderful works.

Nana

Lady Locust said...

That table cloth is beautiful. It looks way more difficult than quilting. I like your crazy outside too - the colors work together a little better in the natural light. Happy stitching.

deanna7trees said...

i love the addition of that print in the slash and stack piece. the colors glow in that next to last image.

Pippas quilts said...

If you want to hand stitch it then just little running stitches. If you sew around each block first that will secure it a lot more. Then I would just sew up a few of the seams just to one side I would not do all the seams as I think that you lose the softness of the quilt. It does not matter how you do it as there are no hard and fast rules.

Susan In Texas said...

Beautiful tablecloth. I've never done any cutwork; I think you did a wonderful job.

What a pretty quilt top! I know you love green, so if you are going to spend that much time hand-quilting, you should pick a green that coordinates with the fabrics (or go with lime to punch up those lime bits).

My two cents,
Take care,
Susan in Texas

Annet said...

Your cutwork tablecloth is a beauty! And I like your slash and stack hanging, maybe you can use the colour from the border for quilting to connect it to the quilt more. It's nice to see your CQJP 2013 again.

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Such a great vintage table cloth! Great rediscovery!

Monica said...

Beautiful work on that cutwork tablecloth, Margaret! It has indeed stood up well. Happy new year!

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Wendy said...

that tablecloth is stunning! Cutwork! Is there no end to your talents?

Séverine said...

Your cutwork tablecloth is wonderful and your slash and stack quilt is going to be beautiful too.

Faye Cook said...

Margaret LOVE your tablecloth its gorgeous and your stack and slash is beautiful .Your quilting talents are blossoming .I know you were tired of green early in the year with your CQJP but it so works ,brilliant work .And may 2014 bring love laughter and true happiness to you.

Boud said...

I love it when older work is preserved and honored like this cloth! lovely to see.

Your quilts definitely look wonderful in better light. Very nice color balance.

Starr White said...

Hi Margaret! and Happy New Year! So many beautiful things you have made. Your CQJP is really, really fabulous!! big hug to you and congratulations on a job very well done.

Queeniepatch said...

That cut work table cloth is so charming, and holds a lot of memories and thoughts.
It is quite different from the stack and slash quilt. It has such a nice modern feel, and I think I would use green (same as the border) quilting thread and a geometric design.
The sticky part of the wadding is glue and is used to iron the wadding to the quilt top to keep it from moving round (for items with little quilting and frequent washes, e.g. place mats or childrens bibs).
The CQ quilt is looking great.

Vicki Miller said...

The cutwork cloth is lovely. When my group did cut and slash, most of them sent theirs to the longarm service for an all over pattern, which is very unusual as they mostly do hand quilting, so I can't help you with that, but it is lovely, I love the textures on the fabrics

Suztats said...

Ooooh! Lovely CQJP! I like your bold quilt, too! Great colours.
Happy New Year!

Bev said...

Still love everything you do! Hope your Saturday is happy! Cheery wave from Bev

Kippy SoMature said...

margaret - your work is so pretty and cheerful! The cq2013 put together is very nice -{ must figure a way to put my cq2013 together - none of the blocks have anything in common as to colors or shape - but the Word of God prevails :) } am learning from a pro (you!) and making all the blocks for 2014 in advance, then embroidering them throughout the year, so that they will all go together! thank you for teaching me as you do along the way!

Createology said...

Sew many beautiful cloths. Your cutwork tablecloth is stunning. The slash and stack is stunning with its drama of colors. Truly a labor of love is your CQ quilt. You should feel very proud of all your accomplishments. Happy New Year Dear...

jan said...

I love the cutwork table cloth . It is so beautiful and the colors in your quilt are gorgeous!
happy new Year!
xo jan

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Definitely a gorgeous tablecloth!

Anita said...

Your table cloth is gorgeous! You've done a great job! I can imagine how many hours of stitching had gone into that piece,wow!
Love the vibrant,bold colors of the slash and stack piece.

Isabelle said...

this table cloth are wonderfull.
happy new year

Jillian said...

The cut work lovely. It's so good you are using it. Picking up the green border for your thread sounds like the way to go. I don't know enough to advise on a pattern for the quilting.

Mariella said...

Lovely, just brilliantly lovely all of our projects! Yes, I say go with the green!! The cut work table cloth is just precious and a family heirloom!! I love the two quilts the Crazy one is Crazy Gorgeous!!!

Anneliese said...

I admire your cutwork tablecloth. I never did something like that. The Stack and cut quilt is marvellous. I love this technique and did several, but much smaller. And finally your crazy quilt it is beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous.

Ivory Spring said...

You always do such beautiful work. I always love seeing your projects!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

An unexpected treasure to have found your beautiful cutwork piece. It looks lovely. I have one cutwork table runner from a great aunt that I dearly love. Your CQJP 2013 quilt looks fabulous!! Thank you for putting it on the line and taking a picture for us as well as your other great looking quilt top.