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Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Patchwork of My (Future) Life

I sew in the kitchen. The iron cord really does frequent the butter dish. I hang my works in progress on the curtain rods or tack them to the cupboards. From the counter you can see that we like: toast, preferably from vintage toaster; juice from the Champion (beet and carrot, mostly); two different ways to make coffee. Things you can't really see are: the yellow salt cellar filled with sea salt (I like to add it in pinches) and the "coffee grinder," which actually has ground dried chipotles in it — it's like fairy dust for food. Yum!

I showed a sneak peek at this wip here. It was going to be a full circle skirt, but after holding it up I knew I'd never wear it — it's definitely not flattering to my body type.

After a short-lived idea that it might serve as a heavily-varnished floor mat, my mom's suggestion as a table cloth seemed like, duh, of course it's a table cloth.

While sewing I was thinking about our new, possible/probable home down at The Ranch. It's a long story, hopefully to be told in an interesting way, here, in the future. For now, look closely at the patchwork and you'll be able to get clues about it: the palm tree, the car racing, the fruits and veggies, the animals!

I've got about a half circle done. I find it so satisfying looking through the scraps — some vintage, some contemporary; each tells a story. The finished project is definitely more than the sum of its parts. The serger and rotary cutter made it so easy! The kitchen and meals did suffer during construction, though.

Here's a preview of how it will look as a table covering.

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Blogger Michaela said...

Cool tablecloth to be...
I love every single fabric in it...

Sun Apr 19, 03:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Can't wait to hear about the ranch.
I love your skirts. They are so cool!

Sun Apr 19, 04:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Emily said...

That is completely awesome.

Sun Apr 19, 04:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kristena marie said...

Whoa, these are great!!!

Sun Apr 19, 05:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

That is going to be the best table cloth ever!! Love it!

Sun Apr 19, 05:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Ilove the view of the counter. It tells of a happy busy coffee loving home. And toast, seriously, who doesn't like toast. With coffee. I love your vintage modern sensibility and I've though a lot about what we talked about at market, the new and the old. It was fun. Love the patchygoodness.

Sun Apr 19, 05:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Tania said...

What a beautiful, beautiful tablecloth - though I am slightly mourning the loss of the skirt with all the 'swish' and movement. 'Course you would have come over all dizzy and stuff.

Sun Apr 19, 06:56:00 PM PDT  
OpenID metrosupialdesigns said...

The tablecloth comment made me laugh out loud. I use to sew a lot in my kitchen, now I have permanent space in the living room. I did make a lovely ironing board cover to match the coach however.

Sun Apr 19, 10:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger patrice said...

Mmmmm. It's those touches of bright blues that really catches my eye! And now I'm very curious about The Ranch.

Mon Apr 20, 01:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger mo said...

It looks fantastic. I love all the little snippets- some recognizable, some new to me. I want to live where there are palm trees. I can't wait to hear the story.

Mon Apr 20, 02:28:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous dorie said...

your whole kitchen looks like patchwork! I can't believe I still don't own a butter dish.

Mon Apr 20, 05:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Beautiful patchwork! It looks like it would make a rockin' skirt, but a table cloth could be seen every day.

I can't wait to hear about your tiny house adventures. I was just reading and wishing we had a place to build a tiny(ish) house for us. I'll just have to live vicariously through you. :)

Mon Apr 20, 08:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Zip n Tizzy said...

That'll be an awesome table cloth.
I can't wear circle skirts either.

Mon Apr 20, 09:58:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous victoria said...

I love the patchwork so much - something about the colors and patterns all conbined - it's perfect. Also really like the kitchen in the background, looks like a place where life is lived very happily.

Tue Apr 21, 06:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Violette Crumble said...

That is some super patchwork. I'm thinking you may want to back it as a quilt? Tablecloth will be good too- anything that will show off all the great work you put into it. I'm psyched to find out about the new house too.

Wed Apr 22, 07:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh I love those! Will you consider making patchwork tea/dish towels? Please let me know.

Wed Apr 22, 11:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jo James said...

So cool! The best tablecloth ever!
Are you moving to Napels,FL?

Fri Apr 24, 10:30:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous MsGourmet said...

I want one!

Sat Apr 25, 01:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kirsty said...

I love this post. Your kitchen sewing area is fabulous.

Sun Apr 26, 04:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Frizz said...

Ooohh - lets hear about the ranch!
I wish I could put fabric together the way you do.

Tue Apr 28, 08:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lady P said...

Those colors and patterns are so gorgeous together - bravo! I also have sewn and careated for years in my kitchen -I now finally got a "space" for creating - and am having a difficulty moving into in! I would bake and sew, create and cook - simultaneously - I love vintage and I would be happy creating in your kitchen

Tue Apr 28, 12:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Nan Jaeger said...

Fabulous vintage novelty fabrics! Looks like you could do some mix n' match if you wanted and also make some coordinating curtains.

Fri May 01, 09:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger rebecca said...

LOVE everything about these photos!

Sun May 10, 09:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Nu said...

what a wonderful life you have! your kitchen is idyillic! good luck with the move I hope all goes well!

where do you get your fabrics from? I find it really difficult to get beautiful colours and shapes... all mine feels very bland!

Thu Jul 16, 02:59:00 AM PDT  

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