Monday, July 13, 2009
Art for Your Kitchen Table
Tablecloths always remind me of my maternal grandmother. She often had beautifully starched printed 40s and 50s tablecloths on her kitchen table. To me her tiny immaculate kitchen was a place of peace and well-being, a place of good food and order, and tablecloths trigger those associations for me.
Now I have my own collection of 40's and 50s tablecloths, and I've decided to make several of my own. Quilted table cloths are art for your kitchen. I don't know about you, but I don't have much wall space in my kitchen, but I have a big green table that is the perfect place for a rotating series of quilted kitchen art.
Bird Quilt (39X39) is made with embroidered pieces from Debra Spincic's Etsy store of beautiful machine embroideries. She has a wide and varied selection of pieces: borders, motifs, word tapes, and other beautifully executed and high quality items. There's a link button to Debra's shop in my sidebar.
These bird blocks remind me of those old state bird transfer embroideries. I have a set of those transfers, but buying these blocks from Debra made the quilt much easier to finish. Embroidered motifs make excellent blocks to alternate with pieced blocks.
I added machine embroidery to the bird blocks with my Janome, but Debra can add borders to these blocks. The word tapes, embroidered on twill tape, are going to be a feature in several quilts that I'm designing right now.
Because this quilt is designed for a table, it has no batting, and is sewn together like a pillowcase and turned--it has no binding.
A cheerfully embellished kitchen table can make your day.