summer tablecloth

You may not know this about me, but years ago (actually decades now), I was a collector of all things mid-century modern.  Starburst clocks, a ridiculous amount of anodized aluminum everything, a sleek vintage black sofa, at one point we even had 4 six-feet tall aluminum Christmas trees.

Now we live in a 1920’s Tudor cottage so I find myself drawn to older designs when decorating.  That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of bits of Fire King and Pyrex around the kitchen.

Some stuff you just can’t let go of.

dining room with new tablecloth
I think that’s why Jeni’s Color Me Retro line pulled at my heart.  It’s filled with all those vibrant colors that are all over my dishes so I wanted to come up with a project that I could use in the dining room to really play off my collections.

bottom corner of tablecloth

My second inspiration came from this versionKaty made from her Spring Carnival pattern.  I love the pieces that are floating away or maybe back into their proper place.

center of spring carnival tablecloth on table copy

I used Katy’s templates for all the cutting and along with paper shapes from Paper Pieces.  I appliqued the pieces by hand to a couple of yards of linen.

To help the corners to look pretty and polished, I did a 1″ hem on opposite sides and then added a second row of top stitching 1/8″ away from the first.  Then I turned up the corner 1 1/2″ before I hemmed the remaining two sides.

turn up corner one half inch

Once hemmed, I added the second row of top stitching just 1/8″ away and I was left with a great looking hem.

hem and add top stitch

(this shot was before I trimmed up the strings – after I did that, trust me it’s a great looking hem)

top corner of tablecloth

I love having these bursts of color at the table everyday.  To me it’s the perfect way to bring a little mid-century fun into my Tudor cottage world.

3 thoughts on “summer tablecloth

  1. Heather says:

    I remember the aluminum. But then again, it was decades ago, silly how time zooms by. The aluminum Christmas trees must have been so fabulous. Remember popcorn and faux apples on our not-so-aluminum tree?I still have some of the faux apples on my tree as “filler” ornaments ( and a quilted kitty ages ornament from your mom). Our dog Jupiter can be found in the tree picking faux apples to munch and crunch. He is looking for the real deal.

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