Monday, November 19, 2012

Pretty Patchwork tablecloth

This weekend we celebrated Aria's birthday with her actual party (delayed so her friends could attend). At the skating ring, Aria won the skate race! Then we returned home to enjoy cake and ice cream over some pretty new patchwork...

celebrations on Patchwork

Practical patchwork tablecloths - ah, another handy excuse to add fabric to your life!  I'm not one to use table linens day-to-day, but it adds a nicely festive air to a party or holiday meal, don't you think? And, if you use an overcast stitch, all that patchwork has nicely bound raw edges that machine wash nicely without lining or backing the work.

fabrics from Sew Love Fabrics

I sourced these saturated red and royal blue fabrics from Ruth's shop, Sew Love Fabrics. This color combo is Aria's favorite, and, though not one I'm normally drawn to, it does have a very cheerful, birthday-ish vibe. I mixed gorgeous blue quilting cottons from Amy Butler's Cameo with a home dec Innocent Crush, a velveteen Innocent Crush and two red prints from recently-released Gypsy Girl.

And, by the way, everything in Sew Love Fabrics' sale section is 30% off.  Might be a good time for some pre-holiday shopping...

this much color

My tablecloth pattern was designed to accentuate the color contrast.  I love how it turned out!

with velveteen!

The velveteen has such a luxurious hand.  You really have to feel it to understand!  Aria, who has always been fond of silk, appreciates the tactile addition.

After washing it though, I must report that some of the velveteen strips unraveled in spots at the seams.  Don't worry.  I repaired them this morning!  Still, the velveteen was challenging to piece and seems to be the cause of some puffy seams.  I'd steer away from piecing with velveteen, personally, and use it for more whole-cloth or apparel purposes instead.  But then, I've had other bad experiences when combining different substrates for patchwork, so I might be jumping to conclusions.  The home dec and quilting cottons do seem to work well together!

   practical Patchwork Tablecloth

My tablecloth is designed for a rectangular table with 8-seats.  This is our everyday table, which we leave "extended" all the time.  Never hurts to have that table space!

two-tone Kona skirt

For the skirt, I used Kona Pacific and Kona Marine.  I love how the color deepens towards the hem.  It looks even nicer in person!  I'm telling you, it's pretty hard to photograph a tablecloth.  Even harder than a quilt - serious!

Question:  Would anyone be interested in the pattern?  I'd like to add more patterns to my little shop and a tablecloth might be a useful addition.   I could have it ready next week, so you could sew it up for December holiday parties.  And, I'd include a shorter design for 6-seat rectangular tables.  Well, let me know if you're interested.  Thanks!

26 comments:

  1. Oh, Id be interested in a pattern! It is beautiful!

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  2. Me too - it.s really lovely ! Thanks

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  3. I think it's awesome. Would love to see a pattern.

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  4. What a lovely tablecloth. Funny, I just made a new tablecloth yesterday and was just working on my post when I noticed your tablecloth, too. Great minds think alike? Ha!!

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  5. It looks perfect for a party! :)

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  6. Your tablecloth is lovely. I do use table linens frequently (reminds me of how my mom did things) and have been actively searching for tablecloth patterns for the past couple of months. This is unlike anything out there (and there is not much out there)so I believe it would be welcome. I would use cotton for mine and I would line it because I am looking for the formality that I think the lining would bring. Love the ombre effect on the skirt. I will be watching for the pattern.

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  7. Pretty, Rachel! Aria's cake looks yummy too. I'm a table runner girl until my boy is older (I can just see him pulling the entire contents off the table...yikes!). I'll just have to wait a couple of years to make this! :)

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  8. I wish I had time to sew a tablecloth, but I'm still popping in to say how lovely this one is. I think your daughter has great taste - the red and blue really pop together. She's obviously inherited your love of colour!

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! Yes, she definitely isn't shy about color. I don't think most children are =)

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  9. It's great, Rachel! How fun. I like how you did the drape in solids. I really like the red and blue combo. Great job.

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  10. love the tablecloth, Rachel. It's beautiful,will definitely look out for the pattern.

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  11. It's such a fun table covering. I bet a pattern would do well!

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  12. Love it but me being me I have a round table sorry. Love the fabrics and hope Aria has a GREAT party.

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  13. Very pretty and I just love the colors. I hope your little girl had a wonderful party. I would love to see a pattern too.

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  14. I would really like to see the pattern...

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  15. It's gorgeous! I love the colour combo!

    A question though: do you back your table cloths? It doesn't look quilted, but do you have a layer of fabric at the back to cover the seams? I'm curious...

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    1. No, I don't. I've pieced it with an overcast stitch that wraps the seams to prevent fraying. Adding a lining would look nice (if you looked at the wrong side), but provide no other purpose. Since I've yet to have a guest ever examine the back of a tablecloth, I opted to skip it!

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  16. Love your tablecloth. I find the colors very happy and vibrant for celebrations. I do hope you would do a pattern on it.

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  17. I would love this pattern too. Thanks. Wendy

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  18. Rachel, your tablecloth is lovely! Please post the pattern in your shop! I hope Aria had a wonderful birthday!

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  19. I would love the pattern I have been meaning to make a table cloth!!

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  20. I do love the color combo. I am making a quilt for my daughter that is all blues. I have several Cameo prints and Jason Yenter Camelot. It is a little too blue for me but she loves blue.

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  21. This reminds me of Alice in Wonderland for some reason. :) It's so lush! Thanks for the tips about the velveteen too. It does seem like it might have a much looser weave than either quilting cotton or even flannel which might make it harder to piece with. It almost needs the larger seam allowance that garment sewing calls for to remain secure.

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  22. I love the tablecloth! I am sewing a tablecloth from my stash of random floral and veggie prints. I really like the border on yours. Thanks for showing it. Did you make a backing or leave the raw seems? Thanks.

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    1. I did not back it, but instead overcast finished the seams!

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