Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Finish! And a beginning......


"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. --Mark Twain




It's done!  The 4-seasons Table cover is finished!

I had so much fun with this project!  It was wonderful to use the blocks I won at Beth Shibley's annual Neighborhood Block Party and doubly fun to use my new embroidery machine to add lots of fun embellishments!


After I decided to make it a 4-seasons theme, it just seemed perfect to include the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3:1.....so I added it underneath two of the Sun's rays.....

In addition.....in the sky over the house which depicts a particular season, are things you might find in the sky during that season.....a snow cloud and an airplane in the Winter sky, a kite and an air balloon in the Spring sky, a rain cloud and fireworks in the Summer sky, and a lightening cloud and ducks flying south in the Autumn sky.....




On four of the sides of the octagon I have embroidered the name of the season underneath the house that sits between the two trees  depicting that season





















On the opposing octagon sides I embroidered a "Love Scripture" I am missing a photo of one of them but you get the idea............




The quilting really doesn't show up well on this busy backing even though I used an orange thread in the bobbin but I don't plan to use it in this direction anyway.......haha
Here are some closeups of some of the individual embroidery I added ......










Here are the original blocks I won.....I only used 8 of the blocks for the 4 Seasons Tablecover......The Grinch Block on the lower left is earmarked for a "Merry Grinchmas" wall hanging for my Grandsons to decorate with for Christmas.......
 


.......oh, you were wondering about the "beginning" I was talking about????  It's that dreaded presentation.......due on Saturday morning........
......So now I have to knuckle-down and do one of those "at the last minute" finishes I'm so famous for.......so you may not hear from me til next week when I'm done.........so I'll just say,
 "Ta-Ta for now"........talk to you next time.............
 


21 good friend(s) left a comment:

Missy Shay said...

It turned out great, what a great conversation piece also!

Rachel said...

It turned out so beautiful! Very enchanting!

Cat said...

This is just beautiful beautiful, so much to look at and be charmed by!!! Love it all! You did an awesome job of bringing it all together with different techniques! Love that you put Eccl 3:1 in it too!

Needled Mom said...

It turned out beautifully and I just love the way you so creatively used those blocks. You did a great job on it too.

Lori said...

That is the most unique and fantastic way to use the house blocks! I absolutely love it and I'm thrilled you let me know you had won my block in the exchange.

Hilachas said...

It is simply GORGEOUS. I know you enjoyed making this tablecloth so much and you had fun. You're so creative, always have been.

Sharyn T said...

What an amazing quilt. All your embellishments make it very unique. Sharyn:)

SweetPepperRose said...

In a single word, WOW! the entire thing is beautiful but that sun is stunning!

shez said...

wow Ida what beautiful work,you are so clever my friend,well done.xx

Sheila said...

Oh my. What a great idea! A lovely table cloth. I pieced the green house with a daisy flower bed and a family of red lady bugs. Thank you for posting a picture :D

Fiesta said...

I love your topper. I just made a topper with my wedge runner and your idea is outstanding. You are very creative.

Barb said...

Your table cover is so fun. The little details are so creative, looks like you really had fun making this.

Sewgreen said...

That is just LOVELY!!!!

VeeV said...

Lovely....an amazing creation!!
i just found your blog - via Beth's...and am looking forward to spending some time on it.
what kind of embroidery machine do you have, and the word "summer" what is the font used for that word...it's cute!!!
xo
eva

Mrs.Pickles said...

wonderful work!!

Terri said...

Love your homey table cloth. (You can get plastic covers at the Dollar store. I like to use them over Grandma's excellant hand embroidered cloth with the crocheted edge.) Anyway, while looking at yours over at Beth's blog, I thought the one cloud was a flying saucer... Sorry, but it gave me a really good laugh.
Hugs

Helen Marasco said...

Love it, what a fantastic conversational piece to have on the table while sharing a cuppa with friends and family!!!!!!!!!

Sheila said...

Wonderful , how very creative to use the house blocks for this table cloth , I love it . I still have not used the blocks I won but hope to soon.

Anthea said...

Ida my friend, it's a work of art! You have really tried out your machine and made it work hard to produce your ideas... Congrats, I love it! x

Caroline Heinrichs said...

I think you've made a most original and beautiful table topper ever!

Kat said...

Oh my, how did I miss this post? This looks A.MAZING!!! I love all the embroidery you added and how creative that you would have thought to turn house blocks into a table cover like that. (I also spied a few embroidery patterns I need to go buy now... you are such a bad (good? no, bad!) influence!!! xoxox