Saturday, October 6, 2007

Finished a project...

in less than a month. Something I haven't been able to do for the past 6 months. I went to Art Market yesterday, intending to just browse, but someone was selling oilcloth and I saw this fun black and white toile and decided to make a tablecloth for my kitchen. I bought some yardage, got home, used a children bowl as a guide and scalloped the edges. I went online to Sew, Mama, Sew to see a how-to on sewing with oilcloth - thank you for the practical and uncomplicated advice. I then decided that it wasn't wide enough, so I went back to the market, bought some black and white polka dot, used a salad plate as a guide and scalloped those edges. I thought it would look fun with some large pom-poms in black so I went to one of my favorite quilting stores and found some and also found this beautiful green ric rac. I bought enough of each, the pom-poms were going to go over the ric rac that was going to hide my seam that attached the polk dots to the toile. But then I decided that the kids might have a little too much fun taking the pom off of the pom-poms, so I ended up with just the ric rac.


I actually need a pattern or appreciate a pattern because when I make up my own it takes me a long time. My brain just doesn't process all the numbers, the dimensions, how the end product should look. So when I measured the table, then measured the cloth, then measured the trim....trying to figure out the dimensions, the yardage needed...it hurt my brain. I had to talk it out with my husband, who couldn't figure out what I meant by inches and yards and this fitting this and that fitting that. As you can tell from my rambling, I tend not to make sense out loud.


But here is the finished project, completed in just over 24 hours, interrupted by kids' baths, bedtimes, time with the hub, sleep, soccer, lunch with friends from out of town, grocery shopping, not being able to find the adapter for my sewing machine (I think I have bought about 6 in the past year, and they all disappear), dinner, kids' bedtimes. Good time if you ask me. My cousin left a comment on my last post about her cute daughter saying "I made it!" when she finished a bracelet and that is how I feel, "I made it!". I just can't believe I have finished a project. Although, it isn't quite finished, I may need to glue a little here, tuck a little there...


And what to do with 8 yards of big pom-poms?

13 comments:

Paige said...

Whit..Oh my word. I have been obsessed with oil cloth for about a year now, but I have never dared make anything out of it. It seemed so hard to sew on. That table cloth is so dang cute. I want to make seat cushions for my bar stools out of some really cute oil cloth, but I don't even know where to begin. Thats where you come in. Help me out here. How is my bff Caroline?

Jenny said...

WOW!I love it. The green ricrac sets it off nicely-you are clever!

Pezlady said...

so cute! I get whims and start projects and they usually take me a lot longer than they should also. But that is half the fun, I've discovered!

Through the Looking Glass said...

I was at the Art Market also on Friday! I LOOOOOVE oil cloth but only bought a tote. (I also bought one of Jeni Gauchner's (sp?)gourds - yeah!) I have been wanting an oil cloth tablecloth forever!!!! Whit, seriously, can I pay you to make me one? Put these on your Etsy shop and you will have one sold instantly! Please of please oh please oh please! Seriously, contact me if you're willing because I have a hand-me-down table and it's fugly!

Jenny said...

Can't wait to see where the pom poms end up! Well done you clever thing.

Anonymous said...

Whit... you're incredible! The next time you go look at oil cloth I want to go and then I want a sewing lesson...you are AMAZING..for lack of better words, oh my I feel like I'm on the bachelor, but really you truly are AMAZING!

Natalie said...

Whit it was me that was anonymous, I put other but then left off my name..HELLO! I am a rooky but really when you go get more oil cloth let me know or if you decide to sell them at your ETSY shop let me know, you'll have another guaranteed buyer!

beornica said...

Amazing!!! That is so stupendously beautiful!!!! Oooohh and I love the big blacks poms. ::hearting you in etsy::

margie said...

can't take my eye;s off of it what a beautiful cloth have read the sew mama sew advice thanks for the tip what a treasure you have produced ... happy days margie

Julie said...

you're amazing

Josie said...

Man that looks awesome!! I have the perpetual problem of never finishing any projects - so I can totally appreciate the satisfaction of just finishing something! And you finished something beautiful! miss you.

Josie said...

PS: Maybe you could work the pom-poms into someone's halloween costume??

Okie Okasan said...

Love the ric rac. Can't wait to see where the pom-poms end up!