Sunday, February 09, 2014

Repurposing

A while back, I was going through the mountains of stuff in my sewing room -- a Sisyphus-ian task -- and came across a large stack of vintage, printed tablecloths. They are bright & cheery; I have some that belonged to my Mom & Grandmas, some my Mom bought for me, some I bought myself. Back in my denim-skirts-and-vests days (don't judge -- though I'm sure I looked a pretty frumpy), I made clothing with them. I have a shirt & a vest or two & had plans for more, but never got them made.


Last year, HMQG had a garage swap day. We brought in our unwanted fabric, notions, patterns, books & other craft supplies, let our friends pick through our piles & take what they wanted. (I brought home less than I took to the meeting! Yay me!) As I was making my pile to give away, I added several of my old tablecloths.
Then I took them out.
Then I put them back in.
Then I took them out again.

So I *still* have that large stack of tablecloths -- now, what do I do with them? Well, as I was piecing my pine trees, I was wondering what I could use for the back. With all the white, I wanted something light in color, maybe something with green & red. Then a lightbulb come on. I pulled out a cowboy print tablecloth that was a good size, but I didn't like the cowboys with the pine trees; none of the florals nor the plaids quite did it either. Then I found a smallish, square green & white one -- my search was over! I added some bands of leftover Christmas prints, a back was born & a quilt was finished!




12 comments:

O'Quilts said...

My sister has ours. She loves them so..I will share your post with her...nice memories.

Sujata Shah said...

What is it about re-purposing we all love so much? No judging my dear, we all have been there. I attempted sewing clothes for myself and had complete failure. Love their use for the back of your Pine Trees quilt. Looks perfect, front and back! Glad you put them back in your stash!

Sharon said...

I think your use of the tablecloth for the back of the quilt is brilliant! You get to use and enjoy it, and you never have to iron it again! (nor move it AGAIN around the quilt room) hee hee!

Love your Trees quilt - front and back - and your using that stitch for the snowflakes is fun.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Awesome way to use the printed tablecloth(s)!!

capitolaquilter said...

You made me chuckle with the skirt and vest image. I'm always drawn to the vintage tablecloth at the thrift stores. I like your repurposing you did.

beth said...

You're my hero! Love that backing!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wonderful!!! That's a great pile of fabulous table cloths. I'm glad you didn't give them away, they'll look so great incorporated into your quilts! Love your trees quilt!!

amy and the bad cats said...

great use of the tablecloth! i hope you're bringing this quilt for show and tell on saturday!

cauchy09 said...

i weep with envy and joy looking at that stack. *sigh* you'll find lots of great ways to use them.

what a great tree quilt too!

Michele Bilyeu said...

I only have a couple, and they have such signs of wear, but I do love a good antique tablecloth and even use the holey one form time to time. I'm getting older, feeling vintage and hopefully even a bit ho-ly as I get along, too! Love the stack of colors..so lovely!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Oh, yes, I rocked the denim skirts and vests big time. Or so I thought. Wore them far past their era, but then, that's me ;-)

roccagal said...

I just finished piecing a tea towel quilt and decided I would use one of my fave vintage tablecloths as a backing! It is such a great idea! I always scour thrift shops for vintage linens and have also used line doilies as quilt labels!
I have been stalking you on Flickr and I just LUV your work!!!!