15 December 2006
A nice little table topper
Hmmm...it's Friday and this pin is one I inherited from my mother. I don't know how old it is but it is a bit worse for wear. There is one rhinestone missing there on the other side. I wonder what color it was? This pin is small 1"x.5" and goes with anything.
OK. I have a confession. I've been looking at all the decorations y'all have put up (BTW, I spent some formative years of my youth in both Florida and South Carolina and slip back into the venacular occasionally) in your homes. Other than the wreaths on the front door and back door (and CarGuy's outside lights) here is the extent of my decorating.
I made this table cover many many years ago when I was working on an HP EGS computer. This is a very old CAD systems by Hewlett-Packard -- the HP Engineering Graphics Systems. Anyway. I was learning how to use the system and what better way to do that than by designing a quilt? The blocks are on one layer, the sashing on another layer, the corner 4-patches and borders on another, and the quilting on yet another. I should look on the label to see exactly when I made this. (Note: I made it in 1987) It is machine pieced with LOTS of set-in seams. I didn't think about doing half-square triangles in the stars, but looking at it on the screen, I realize it would make it a lot easier to piece. It is hand quilted and what a pain that was because the only fabric in this that is 100% cotton is the holly print. It measures 36x36".
I really do have an excuse for not decorating. At least for not putting up the tree. I never really do it before the 15th anyway. And this year, CarGuy bought a very large television and now I can't figure out where to put the tree! It's a dilemma, I tell ya! I have a big brass pot of fake poinsettias out in the foyer and this table topper. Tomorrow I'll show you the Reindeer Wallhanging. Those three things (plus the quilt in this post) are all I have out at the moment. But you know what? I'm not stressing about it even though we are having a holiday party this evening.