Auntie Tablecloth

Auntie Tablecloth
39" X 39"
Designed by Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts

My inspiration for this tablecloth came from memories of my aunts. Recently two of my aunts have been severely ill and suffered through strokes and lung disease. I prayed much during the piecing of this quilt. I prayed for them and their recovery. I share this Moda Bake Shop project with you to inspire you to "piece" your way through a troubling time. Sewing, quilting, knitting, and creating help me find clarity and peace. I hope it will for you as well.
p.s. I have to shout out to my new friend Daniela....and her cozy quilters!
1 Layer Cake (sku#13540LC Lumiere de Noel)
1 yard inner setting strips, outer corner squares and binding (sku#13529 44 Lumiere de Noel)
1/4 yard inner corner squares (sku #13524 41 Lumiere de Noel)
1/3 yard outer setting strips (sku #13524 44 Lumiere de Noel)
2 yards setting triangles and backing (sku #13541 12 Lumiere de Noel)
Batting, measuring at least 45" X 45"
Choose at least 12 prints from the layer cake:
3 dark red prints for the centers and 9 light prints for rest of pieced blocks
Subcut each of the 9 light prints into a 4" x 10" and 2.5" x 10" strip. "Scrap" the rest.
Subcut the 2.5" x 10" strip into {4} 2.5" squares A.
Subcut the 4"strip into {4} 2.5" x 4" rectangles B.
Next cut {9} 4" squares from your darker red prints for the centers. View C, not shown.
Notice I used 2 lighter center prints to give a scrappier look. 
Using a design wall, arrange your blocks. The block layout is as follows:
Sort the blocks in order and stack them for sewing.
Flip the left sidepieces onto the center as shown. Sew it now or flip the right side to the center as well. Then sew both sides for speedier piecing. Choose which method you are comfortable with.
I prefer to chain piece my blocks.
Complete the piecing and rearrange blocks on the design wall. Sew blocks together like a giant 9 patch. This becomes your center.
The first border includes {4} 1.75" white squares and {4} 1.75" x 23" red strips.
Sew the side red strips to two sides of the center.
Sew the 1.75" squares to the ends of the other 2 red border strips. Then sew strips to the top and bottom of the center. The square should measure about 25.5".
Cut 2 squares 18.5" x 18.5". Cut in half on the diagonal as shown.
Sew half square triangles to the opposite sides of the center.
Repeat with remaining sides as shown. This square should measure approximately 36.5".
Cut {4} 2" x Width of Fabric strips. Subcut that into 2" x 36.5" strips.
Cut {4} 2nd border squares measuring 2".
Add the second border strips to the sides.
Add the 2" squares to the 2nd border and sew to the top and bottom. Your quilt top should measure approximately 39" square.

Quilt and bind as desired.

The Auntie Tablecloth
39" x 39"

***Please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions on this project.***

Happy Quilting,


Julie Deuvall said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. God bless you and your aunts.

Megan said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the colors. Blessings to you and your aunts.

KH said...

While I love the tutorial and have been wanting to read someone else's take on doing a tablecloth for quite a while, I was most comforted by your comments about working through rough times in our lives with our hobbies, whether its quilting or whatever. It was words I needed to read today as we are battling through cancer of my father-in-laws right now. I guess they say you never know who you touch with your words, but I wanted you to know that you touched me today, thank you! :)

Crafty Mama said...

This is just beautiful. Prayers for your Aunts and blessing to you and them.

Jeanne said...

Love it!

About Me said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful story with us! Your tablecloth will be treasured by everyone in your family.

HUGS to you,

traceyjay said...

I'm sorry about your aunts... but isn't it true that we pray with each seam...

Beautiful table cover. That background fabric is gorgeous...

Connie said...

I absolutely love this. It's beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful project.

miss~nance said...

This is really beautiful - I am very into making tablecloths (or table toppers as I have a huge table)at the moment and will put this on the to do list.

Thank you for sahring your story with us.



quilter000 said...

well I must say I really like this one Vicki and have you started mine yet? if when when I am just sayin. LOL Quilter000

Trisha said...

wow! it's absolutely beautiful! i really don't have that talent in making such that is why i am so impressed by you! :D