Who else. Go ahead and admit it. Who else has things that are too good to use? When my Grandmother passed away, they found all these beautiful things. Because they were too good to use. Somewhere, there is a satin baby comforter that I received at birth. I still have it. And, the lace is still perfect around it. Because it was too good to use.
Unfortunately, I tend to do the same. We were re-doing the dining room and I decided to make some things. I wanted to end up with a new tablecloth. But, now that I've got it, we're all afraid to sit at the table for fear we will drip something on it.
First, we got new curtains.
Then, we hung a new quilt and put different dishes in the cabinet.
Then, I made a tablecloth...and placemats.
Isn't that lovely?
I used the Pfaff 7550 to do the embroidery around the edge. It took nearly 900 yards of thread. The table cloth is 60x80. I used a water soluble embroidery interfacing, and I also used a small, thin hoop to help keep the fabric from folding inward from the tension of the thread. I washed it and let it partially dry, then hung it. The embroidery did shrink a bit, but the iron took care of that and brought it back to size and shape. The base of the tablecloth is a new blue twin sheet. I searched and searched for something we wanted for a tablecloth and never found it. Then I stumbled up on the sheet in the perfect color.
The placemats use fabrics from the quilt. I used the same templates to draw shapes on the mats and quilted that in, then did a quick foldover binding. Wash and block and we're ready to go.
Robs Mom comes this week. And Syd has her birthday. 18. Big week for us. She got a new phone on Saturday. And, she wants to bake her own cake. So, that's not going to get easier.
We spent the weekend cleaning. Life is good. Everybody is getting along. The family working together. Rob and I getting closer and closer, talking about more and more. sharing and getting to know one another.
Life is real good.
And, having a little color in our formerly brown and yellow dining room is GREAT!
Everybody have a good Monday.