Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A finished tablecloth and great helpers

I am afraid to say that I had  to be reminded by one of my daughters that "you havent blogged in over a week".  The time gets away sometimes.  My excuse is that last week I needed to do heaps of administration work.

 But -  I finished my tablecloth.  It is rather difficult to take a photo to show the colour correctly.  But if you click on the photo the enlarged one shows it a little better, I think.

This was started as a friendship round project with a group of friends in 2006.  Each of the 8 friends made an embroidered block and a 9 patch block for me.  My theme was garden and light to mid blues.  I provided the white homespun and lots of pictures for inspiration.  The embroideries were amazing.

It is a lot of photos, but I am going to post the photos of all the embroideries done by my friends, as a record for myself - for when I get old and my memory is not so good.  (hehe).

 Marilyn T.

Chris

Judy 

Bettye 

Pat 

Pam 

Ailsa 

Lorraine - this is the first embroidery Lorraine has done, and she had the others in the group teach her the stitches - she has done  beautiful work. 

This is one of mine - I placed it in the centre as it is non directional.  Each other embroidery faces outwards so it can be seen well  by the person sitting in front of it.
  

I did the remaining 6 embroideries over time, but the most difficult part was working out the size of the outside sashing and border to fit the centre section.  It finally went together well.

I have a very old table which had belonged to my Great Grandparents and would be at least 130 years old.  The tablecloth fits perfectly on it.   

Kai and Charlie had a sleepover on Friday night.  On Saturday they cleaned the outside area where their dog (who has a permanent sleepover with us) usually sleeps.


Such great helpers.  They also bathed their dog - and turned the hose onto me, which of course they thought was hilarious.  

17 comments:

helbel19 said...

Your table cloth is beautiful, the stitcheries are great.... well done.
Good to see the boys working away. I use my blog for that reason too as it will be great for the family to look back on when I'm gone..... not that I'm going just yet ... hehehe

Helen

Maria said...

The table cloth is gorgeous and your friends all did beautiful blocks for you..What a great way to treasure your friends..
The boys sure were good helper even bathing Gran...LOL

Maria said...

The tablecloth is gorgeous, Marilyn!

Susan said...

Truly lovely - great to see to see the close ups...your middle block is so detailed.
boys will be boys - I am so glad I had girls!!! (well usually)

Shirley Cryan said...

The table cloth is a work of art, truly something to treasure just like the table you are going to put it on.

Noela said...

Your tablecloth is lovely. Our group is doing something similar this year and into next. Each month someone does a block, it can be anything so ours will be very varied, I think. The first one was a cockatoo blanket stitch applique. I will probably do stitchery as it is suppose to represent you. Hugs.....

Michelle Ridgway said...

It looks fabulous. I am glad I got to see it in the 'flesh'. Really beautiful.

Tatkis said...

Fantastic tablerunner - all the stitcheries are adorable, and you combined them perfectly!

Hugs,
Tatyana

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your tablecloth is beautiful. The embroidered blocks that everyone made are each amazing. What a treasure that tablecloth will be for years to come.

Anthea said...

What a truly stunning piece, Marilyn... all that amazing embroidery & piecing... what a treasure! Congrats on such a magnificent finish x

Sandra :) said...

The tablecloth is beautiful - that's a work of art! The boys are adorable - there's just something about boys getting into stuff - boys WILL be boys ... thankfully!

Fiona said...

The stitcheries are exquisitie... of course I remember seeing it in real life but one can look at the detail easily in the photo's.... and wonderful you have found a place to show it off....
Lovely to see the boys helping... we get that too and its great.... even if you get sprayed!!! Boys are all the same!!!
Hugz

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow...that is stunning....and the hose bit, LOL....go boys...

Chrissie said...

A beautiful tablecloth, lovely embroidery. Looks like the boys had fun,

Jindi's Cottage said...

The embroideries are so beautiful, what a fabulous friendship round robin project...the tablecloth is lovely, I really like the way you've set the embroideries...

Khristina aka Khris said...

The tablecloth looks fantastic in real Marilyn...you must be thrilled to get it finished. Hugs Khris

Khristina aka Khris said...

The tablecloth looks fantastic in real Marilyn...you must be thrilled to get it finished. Hugs Khris