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Grandma's Tablecloth Quilt

Added Jan 12, 2010

by Erin E

Seattle, Washing...






My fourth quilt! Completed in December 2009, I made this for my grandma (who is 92!) for Christmas out of her old tablecloths. I based it off of the Scruffily Quilt. Let me tell you, this one was a test of my patience. I was working with several different weaves of polyester, one in particular being very loosely woven and easily frayed. Not until I thought I was completely done did I hold it up and notice those squares were coming out of the stitches and popping off the quilt. I had to go back and stitch around every single square made of that fabric. So frustrating! But despite that, I really love the way this quilt looks. I made it slightly larger than lap size, so Grandma can use it for napping or sitting on the couch watching t.v.

Material Notes

I used two of Grandma’s own vintage polyester tablecloths and one of mine that I had bought from a thrift store. I used a soft flannel bedsheet for the backing, the binding, and the border sashing on the front.




Garment Type
Cotton, Blends, Flannel, Polyester

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    Feb 25, 2010, 02.33 PMby mamanlouise

    It is beautiful and just to thing that you made this especially for your grandma is so touching. Congratulations for a most superb work.

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    Feb 22, 2010, 05.54 PMby Erin E

    Thanks everybody! Yes, Grandma loves it. She takes a nap sometimes in the afternoons and she says she always uses it for that. It’s the perfect size and weight for her.

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    Feb 21, 2010, 07.49 PMby katetheskate

    This quilt is really beautiful!! I love how all the textures play off of one another!!

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    Feb 5, 2010, 10.10 PMby lovelypolly

    omg. it is so ooooo beautiful!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 06.54 PMby detoursal

    What a lovely idea for your Grandmother. Nice job!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 10.29 PMby ilovepansies

    What a thoughtful gift for your grandma. I am sure it will truly touch her heart. Lovely

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    Jan 12, 2010, 07.53 PMby Ashlee Nemo

    how sweet!

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