The Embroidered Tablecloth Project

I am finally finishing another project, a round embroidered tablecloth.  I started this because I was absolutely nuts in 2010 and 2011.  During those years I presented a block of the month program for my local quilt guild (Calico Cut-Ups).  In 2010, I did a sampler quilt and in 2011 I presented a monthly tutorial on a different aspect of applique (A is for Applique). I like to have handwork to do at night so I used my overall design as an embroidery project.  I then put this away because I was busy with other things.  Last month I pulled it out again and decided to do a rolled hem to finish the edge.  I carefully folded the piece in quarters and used my circle ruler.  Now my circle ruler is not long enough but I just turned it a little bit at a time, making a mark and then drawing the circle by hand.  Here’s a little tip when drawing an arc on folded paper or fabric.  When you mark at the fold, make your mark perpendicular to the folded edge–otherwise if your mark is curved, you will not have a smooth curve at that point.  Experiment with a piece of paper and you will see what I mean.  Cmon, you know you want to–get up, fold some paper, draw and cut.  I used Foot D on my Janome – a definite timesaver compared to doing a rolled hem by hand.

Rolled hem

Rolled hem

Rolled Hem

Rolled Hem

I thought this project was quite boring so I’m adding some hand applique, a little at a time.  I’m not going to fill in every leaf, but have done the sepals on the buds and will probably add three leaves between the outer flower circles.  This will be a nice summer cloth for my round table.  It is approximately 41-inches across.

Hand applique

Hand applique

The other small project I finished in 2011 was a wool circular tablecloth.  It is appliqued by machine and also quilted using my domestic Janome.  This is called 4Rabbits.  The bias binding was finished by hand.



Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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