Vintage Table Topper

First of all, I want to thank everyone who made such nice comments about Marjorie’s Quilt and the Anniversary Sampler. It makes me very happy when other quilters and crafters like my work.

In 2007 I purchased a lot of 50 cutter tablecloths for $50. A few of them were practically minty and I kept those whole to use as….well…tablecloths. Most had small issues — little holes or stains — but that didn’t matter for what I had planned. I cut up the rest of the cloths to make reusable grocery bags to give as Christmas presents (I will post some of these next with instructions). The leftover scraps I used to make this little table square. It’s a fun project and goes very quickly — it doesn’t need batting and I simply machine quilted the top to the backing (in the ditch). Normally I find a cute print for the back, but I happened to have a reproduction tablecloth that I thought would work well here. Instead of a separate binding, I turned the repro cloth over which made a cute wide binding because of the printed scallop on the edge — it’s reversible. I like to make these squares as opposed to rectangle runners because they work better on my tables, but you could do either. I guess you could make a whole tablecloth like this, but I kind of like the wood showing a little.



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