Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving Memories Tablecloth

Have you ever had a holiday tablecloth ruined by stains?  What do you do with them?

This year I decided to display my past Thanksgiving photos on a tablecloth for the dessert table.  Every year I take tons of photos of everyone enjoying our family get-together.  It's amazing to me how much the grandchildren grow from year to year.

Although I actually bought this round tablecloth, I could have cut up and used any of the stained tablecloths I currently have in my linen closet.  (I must clean out that closet.)  To transfer the photos from digital to cloth, I use the June Tailor Sew-In Fabric Sheets I buy at Joann's.  With just a few clicks on my computer, I had several photos printed out that I could then use in quilts or sewing projects.  In this case, embellishing a tablecloth.

I chose to print my photos in black and white.  The tablecloth was such a dull color, I sewed the photos to a nice harvest gold fabric scrap I had to showcase the pictures.

I then ironed the fabric scrap to some fusible web and cut the photos out, giving them a generous 1/2" border.  I arranged the photos on the tablecloth and pinned them when I was satisfied with the design.  I adhered the photos to the tablecloth by ironing them and then did a quick stitch around the border using matching thread.

Of course you don't have to sew down your photos to showcase your memories.  You could just scatter them around the table.  If you're worried they might become stained, clear vinyl will protect them.

I'm really pleased with the result.  It's sure to be a conversation starter as we help ourselves to a piece or two of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop

Today is my day to share with you the project I made for the Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks.  I don't know how she does it, but Carla thinks up some of the most fun themes for our hops.  Thank you, Carla, for hosting yet another spectacular hop!

My Stitch It & Gift It project is a princess quilt for a special little girl.  She is my neighbor's daughter's niece.  Her name is Lynnlee Rose.  Her birthday was Sunday, November 10th, and she turned 6 years old.

Lynnlee was born with microencephaly, hydraenecephaly, and lissencephaly with agenesis of the corpus callosum.  Her cerebrum is smooth without the normal convolutions of the brain, and the brain's cerebral hemispheres are absent to a great degree.  The left side of her brain is unable to communicate with the right side.  Because of her disorder, some of the conditions she suffers from include seizures, lack of growth, breathing and digestion problems, vision problems, and intellectual disability. 

Despite all this, Lynnlee is a happy, sweet child, and she loves the Disney princesses.  She is unable to move much on her own, so she is exercised daily.  Now she can exercise on her own princess quilt.

This was a simple quilt to make and, because the princess are not filled in, it went together fairly quickly.  The princesses are from a pattern pack I bought on Etsy (LynniePinnie Embroidery).

I did some quilting in the ditch around the squares and bound it with the same fabric as the alternating squares.  The overall size is approximately 42" x 62".

I love making quilts and if my ability to piece together a quilt can bring someone joy, I'm good with that.  We should always do what we can to brighten someone's day. 

Be sure to visit the other sites listed below!

Friday, November 15th

And be sure to visit Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks for a chance to win a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Stitch It & Gift It Blog Hop Starts Today

Today begins the Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop.  

Have you ever made a quilt and given it away?  Of course you have!  That's what this blog hop is all about -- stitching asomething lovely and giving it away for whatever reason or occasion.  Join in the fun and be inspired by the generosity of these talented bloggers.

Stitch It and Gift It Blog Hop Schedule