A tablecloth quilt?

Back when my dining room looked like this, I had an idea.  I bought all these quarter-yard pieces to help me decide which fabric to use for my window shades.  What if I pieced a quilt from them and used it as a tablecloth?  It would redeem the waste of all the not-chosen fabric, and it would match, more or less, my dining room.  It did occur to me that I'd never made a quilt before.  But, I forged ahead, and this morning, I had this:

At this point in the post, you can add "inexpert" to any description of my quilting skills. For variety, you could use "beginner". I didn't take a class in quilting, or read a book. I did use some instructions from the Amy Butler website for the "Amy's Lotus Brick Path Quilt". I altered the instructions to make a quilt that was longer and narrower than a bed quilt, since that would fit my table. (Insert "inexpertly" here.) I'll admit that I now wish I'd made it one brick longer and wider. I didn't take into account the puckering that happened -- and might not have happened if I had pre-shrunk my fabric. I know better than to not pre-shrink, but the thought of all those quarter-yard swatches unravelling in my washer had me cowering. I'm still not sure I regret my decision.
Amy's quilt had pom-poms.
Mine has tassels, which weren't part of my original vision. I love them.

I briefly considered a bound edge, rather than the envelope construction of the original pattern.  I decided to stick with Amy on this, because I like the look of the un-bordered bricks.   The quilt is machine quilted in the stitch-in-the-ditch method, down each vertical strip.  I backed it with a solid piece of cotton, sold wide for quilt backs.  If I had to do it again, I'd use a more color-full color than the almost ecru neutral I chose.  I used a thin cotton batting.

To close, I'll show some pictures of my first sewing ventures.  Here's my pop-over skirt, beloved and despised by all 4-H seamstresses of the 70's.
I'm the one in the navy and white with glasses.
And here we are in the Harvest Festival parade, later that year.
You can be sure all fabric on that float was pre-shrunk. 


  1. Wonderful! I love the table-quilt -- and your dining room looks terrific. So pulled-together and lovely. I, too, was a 4-H sewer. I made the SAME skirt as my first project! (Different fabric, although I could easily have chosen the same fabric you did! Just my style . . . back in the day!) (My 4-H club was named "Flour Power" -- so clever for 1971!)

  2. I love it Pam. The "puckering" is SUPPOSED to happen to a quilted quilt ;-) But, it's not the usual look for a tablecloth, I'll admit that.

    I love the fabric you chose.

  3. oops, didn't mean to leave my comment as sealth.ptsa! Ha ha, it's Sue Riss Daley ;-)

  4. I don't know anything about sewing, and what it's "supposed to" look like, but I think the colors are perfect in your dining room. It looks like a normal quilt to me! :)


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