Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I'm melting . . . okay, maybe not melting but certainly sweltering. You know it's bad when you go to check the temp and the current reading exceeds the predicted high - and it's only 10 a.m. I believe the forecast is for some relief beginning today and that comes not a moment too soon.
Last week Annie from Quilt Til You Wilt shared an idea for recycling old tablecloths into napkins. Armed with a collection of tablecloths for a rectangular table that we no longer have, I went to work. These four seemed like good candidates.
In the end, the one with the seed packets didn't make the cut. The fabric seemed a little thin for a napkin. Here there are: 30 cotton napkins that can be used over and over and over again.
While I am not particularly enjoying all the heat, the plants in the garden are. Saturday I noticed the very first tomato blossom. Isn't it sweet? By yesterday afternoon there were several more. The pepper plants are also blossoming quite happily. The other plants can't be too far behind.
Work continues on the 'Secret Deadline Project.' I started working on the next part late yesterday afternoon. There are quite a few half square triangles. I struggle with some of the 'easy' methods for making them. Instead I layer the two fabrics right sides together, cut the square, then cut the triangle. Now I have neat little stacks all ready to just put through the machine.
As long as I remember not to turn on the ceiling fan directly above the table to full blast and scatter them to kingdom come, I'll have some fun sewing ready to go this afternoon.

24 comments:

Joyce said...

It's certainly not too hot here. We are really wishing for heat and maybe a nice warm rain so things will start to grow.

Beth said...

What pretty little napkins, good for the environment too! I am going to have to start hitting the thrift shops to make stuff like this one of these days. I wish I had a garden! I could still plant some stuff in a pot though. Hmm, maybe a trip to the nursery is in order.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Sorry you're so hot there. We are cold, cold, cold here again. 40's yesterday and today and rainy. We actually started up the wood stove last night to watch tv in warmth.

paula, the quilter said...

It's been lovely here. I must have missed that post on the napkins from tablecloths. All the table linens I have, though, are handed down from family members and are embroidered with either a crocheted or tatted edging, some are even card-party linens. My mother was a big canasta and bridge player. Any suggestions on how to re-purpose them?

Finn said...

Hi Libby, sorry to hear you guy are getting clobbered with the extreme temps. And fires again near LA...so distressing.
Love that you are recycling the tablecloths into those wonderful napkins. Maybe the thin one want to become a couple of new cotton dishtowels?
I have a couple of older feedsack pieces that were my MIL's curtains at one time. They are too 'far gone' to be made into anything very useful, so I use them to dry glasswear, etc. The old cottons just seem to get silkier with age.
Good for you for following Annie's good expample!
Keep cool if you can. Hugs, Finn

Screen Door said...

I love secrets!!!!! Great ideas for the napkins...

Stina said...

Good luck with your HST...hope they all stayed stacked up neatly...;D

Spring is coming really nice in Sweden now...warmer days...just waiting for that snowblizzard to hit us...(hope not!)
Take care...and don´t melt away...;D

Fiona said...

It's nice here too, though it there is rain every now and again. What a great idea for unused tablecloths (and I love the one in the front with the checkered design with cherries).

McIrish Annie said...

You are quick!! I love your napkins! we are saving the earth one cloth napkin at a time!! LOl

could use some of your heat here today! I'm running my little heater in my office.

Bren said...

Your napkins are great!!!
I would disconnect that fan, just incase!!!

Sweet P said...

I love the cherry napkins. What a wonderful idea. I have a tablecloth that won't survive us redesigning our dining room, but would make great every day napkins.

julieQ said...

Sounds like you are melting hot there. It is warming up here too. The napkin idea is a really good one! Very green not to throw a paper napkin away each meal.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Well you probably know that I'm jealous of the heat your having. But hopefully you will be cooling off very soon. Will we get to see the secret project when the time is right?

Hugs - Karen

kjquilts said...

Cloth napkins are such a good idea. My son always uses a kitchen towel as his napkin. I might have to rummage through my stash to see if I have any good napkin fabric in there!

Susie said...

I've heard it was very warm down your way. We have such high winds again today. It even feels like it could rain! This weather is acting so strange lately.
Love your napkins. I'm a bit envious of your tomato blossoms. None here yet. We need some warmer weather.
xo

Mar said...

Love the napkins, cherries of course! what's up with all of the secret projects in blogland, are you working on something for market? Everytime I visit your blog I get hungry! Stay cool!

loulee1 said...

Love the napkins idea. I'm into recycling in a big way and like to hear of new ways for old stuff.

Hope you cool down soon.

dee said...

Oh Libby, you made me laugh. Last week when we had those hot days I turned on the fan and my paper pieces flew all over the kitchen.
The napkin idea is great-I should hit the thrift shop soon. Good thinkin'
Stay as cool as you are.

Carole said...

Send some heat my way will ya? We're having a cold spell, well not the winter kind but you know, the chilly kind! lol What a great idea for those table cloths. Love the cherry fabric! Keep kool!

Tracey said...

oh libby, *please* send that hot weather here! it's snowing out my window right now. makes me want to cry. bleck!

Marilyn R said...

I love the table cloths turned into napkins. What a great idea!

Judy said...

I'm thinking maybe it's finally a good time to install the central air?? All nice and cool on those hot days? The princess will be hot, you know...with 3 of you fighting for breeze.

With continued global warming and as temps continue to rise every year it's just not gonna be as cool as the old days were...heck I grew up with no a/c. Imagine that!

Love the napkins!

Stephanie said...

I predict a run on thrift shops for old tablecloths! Good idea. I didn't want to use my quilt fabric for cloth napkins, kind of a waste of good quality fabric, but I like the alternative.

MammyT said...

Libby, what fun I've had just cruising around your site. Good idea on the napkins! I like your basket quilt. I used a basket block for my first 4 Seasons mini quilt and then decided to keep it. I know there is a photo on my blog. I'll let you know where it is.
God Bless you.
Nancy