Happy Camper Quilt or Quilted Tablecloth




I recently "inherited" this tablecloth from my Great Aunt. It's a simple tablecloth with ric rac trim that she would put out during BBQ's at their home and on Picnics. Everyone in attendance would sign and she would later embroider each signature. Such a great idea! It inspired me to make my own version into a quilt. Don't ya love it! It's SUPER SIMPLE and will be so fun to have our friends and family sign it when we get together for our Camping Trips.
The Ingredients are simple and so are the Instructions, so let's go!


1 Jelly Roll 2 Yards of fabric for the front
3 yards of fabric for the back
Jelly Roll Strips and Nine Patch pieces left over are used for the binding

Batting



1. Make 40-42 Nine Patch blocks

M
aking Nine Patch blocks is easy peasy.
a. Cut your Jelly Roll Strips in half.
b. You will need 2 strips of one fabric and 1 strip of a coordinating fabric for each set.
c. Sew strips together as shown below:
d. Cut sewn strips 2 1/2" wide as shown in photo below:

e. You'll end up with something like this:
f. Sew 2 1/2" wide pieces together as shown in photo below:

g. Tah Dah! A Nine Patch block. You'll need 40-42 blocks.
2. Sew 2 strips of 11 or 12 -Nine Patch blocks each.
3. Sew 2 strips of 9 - Nine Patch blocks
each.


Sew long strip(s) to long sides of front piece first.
Then sew shorter strip(s) to ends of front piece, matching Nine Patch blocks at ends.
(see photo):
Depending on your seams, and the actual length and width of your front piece, will depend whether you use 11 or 12 blocks on each long end. You'll have to measure and do a little math.

Put top, batting and backing together and quilt as desired
{I did a big grid first (to leave room for signing names) and then extra quilting on the borders}.

Use your left over strips and Nine Patch pieces and sew together end to end to create a binding. I usually do a 2 1/4" binding. But I just left the pieced binding at 2 1/2" and it turned out rather nicely.

Bind as desired and you're all done! Enjoy!


1 Quilt or Quilted Tablecloth! Your Choice. Finished size is approx. 54" x 84"

Happy Camping from Jodi at Pleasant Home!


27 comments:

SandyN said...

Great Idea.. you could even make a Christmas verson....

Sandy N

eamylove said...

I really love this idea! With or without the signatures, it's a cutie.

Shannon said...

What a cute idea. I especially liked the signatures. Almost like a scrapbook!

randi---i have to say said...

Great job, Jodi! I love how it turned out!

Frummie said...

Hi Jodi,

I started doing this when my granddaughter was born. It is now 13 years old and the signatures, poems, pictures and hand prints are something to share and smile at whenever THE CLOTH comes out.

Frummie

Needled Mom said...

Fabulous idea!!! Thanks, Jodi.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

My mom did this with a tablecloth for her dining room. She would embroider over the names and dates before she washed it.

Remind people to date their signatures. It is priceless to me now when I look at my great-grandparents' signatures from their visit to our house when I was just 5! A lot of memories on that tablecloth.

Kim Walus said...

Super Super Cute. I love it and the fabric adds to the charm of it all. Thanks Jodi for sharing this great idea with us.

ModistaModesta said...

That is such an amazing idea! I'm going to have to put this one on my sewing list!

eileensideways said...

what a great idea for a reunion. just fabulous!

greetingarts said...

That is an utterly brilliant, fun, easy, unique idea! Love it. You could make them for birthdays, holidays, whatever get-togethers you regularly host. Fabulous! Thank you so much.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

What a great idea! It would be fun to do a birthday version - or other holidas too! Thanks!

Miss White Wall said...

Wonderful Idea! We just got back from camping last weekend, that would have been useful!

Spangle said...

What a great table cloth - I think mine will have to have a little of auntie's ric rac too! Thanks for the idea.

Quilt Hollow said...

Such an awesome idea! Wished I would have though about something like this years ago when we attended family reunions. This would even be a blast to use for end of school year gift for teacher! But then...my guys are all grown up! UGH...thinking here...love the idea!!

Karen said...

I love this! Wonderful idea! I can see making it for my son to take to sporting events and he could have his friends sign it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Very cute! Love the idea of signature quilts.

LoliƱa said...

Thank you very much for this great idea about signatures. I would embroider dates too as Jenny says. Sorry about my english, kisses from Spain

Bec said...

My aunt embroidered signatures, notes & drawings that were made on a table cloth at each one of my family birthday parties!
I really wish I had started this tradition during our first Thanksgiving as a married couple... we're a military family and I think it would be such a treasure to look back and see all of the members of our "military family" we spent holidays with over the years, since we don't get home for the holidays(haven't been for 6 years!)

Rae Ann said...

Great project Jodi! I love it enough to make one. I want to have it ready to take to our next family reunion. Maybe I will have to make two... one for our auction. Sweet!~

Mama Pea said...

Very cute! The signature idea is wonderful, too!

Jennifer Blosser said...

What a cute idea! The siggy's make it so special! Love it!

amy smart said...

This is so cute, Jodi! (I love anything American Jane.)

Barbara said...

Love it! Will give it as a gift for a friend who just got a new "pop-up" camper! Thank you!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Super cute Jodi. Love it. I think I need to do this at my next family retreat.

sigrid said...

My Mum had a tablecloth like that. Anyone who spent the night at the house would sign it and she would embroider over it. I've not seen it for a while so I'll have to ask her about it.

amroth98 said...

I love, love, LOVE this idea!! (Shows how much I lack in creativity to not have thought of something this simple and perfect on my own. . . . all the more reason I ADORE everything Moda!) The last few years I've been making tote bags as a gift from me to my kids' teachers. But what I really want to do is make a gift from the class to the teachers. Most ideas I came up required a bit too much on the parents' or kids' parts that I was afraid I'd get no participation. This is PERFECT!! I could even make it smaller as either a lap quilt or wall hanging. I like the bit about embroidering the names (I love handwork!). Thank you so much for this project!!