|pieced table cloth in Irish Chain design|
My brown bungalow is brown inside and out. It's the base color used in various shades (carpet, walls, wood furniture), with black cabinetry.
Yes, it does make for a rather dark decorating palette, so to lighten it up, I've added reds, golds, yellow, and white-white.
In my opinion, the black and white-white are kind of 'dressy,' which is a departure from my usual style. I've been decorating country f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
Our previous houses have had very high ceilings and large rooms, which made the house to echo with sound -- not the cozy feel I wanted. So I learned to decorate with quilts, both those of my own making and a good number from my husband's Alabama family. Hanging quilts on walls and draping them about really absorbs noise and creates the ambience I love.
The finished portions of our brown bungalow aren't as big as our previous homes since we are in that downsizing stage of our lives. But I still decorate with quilts. I don't know how to do it any differently after all these years.
Besides providing a sound buffer, another nice benefit to decorating with quilts I've made myself is that I can pull the colors of a room together in just one quilt. That was the purpose of the table cloth I am showing today. (plus, I was tired of a plain beige cloth)
|the completed table cloth|
This is what it looks like when laid out flat. I love the scrappy look, so I gathered all the reds, beiges and browns in my fabric stash, bought a few additional fat quarters to complete the design, and sewed them together with solid black.
Strong contrasting colors are what make a quilt design POP! At first I worried that this was going to be an awful lot of black, but by the time I was done I decided it was okay.
The small squares are cut to 2 1/2 inches and the completed project is about 50 inches square. (I can't call it a "quilt" because I did not quilt it; I just pieced it and then sewed on a backing with binding. There is a difference.)