Recently, my oldest daughter moved back home and one of the items she brought with her was a great Bob Timberlake drop-leaf kitchen table.

It even matched up well with my 1930s era chairs.

When the leaves are extended, I have a round table about 47″ diameter.  There is also a handy drawer that opens from two sides.

The problem was I’ve never owned a round table or round tablecloth.  I thought I might use this as a good excuse to use up a lot of scraps and make a patchwork tablecloth.  I basically made a piece of cloth 52″x52″ from every scrap I could find in the colors of green, yellow and pink.  I started out using all the small pieces, cutting 2″x2″ squares.  When that fabric ran out, I started cutting strips 2″ wide, sewing them together and then sub-cutting them in 2″ wide pieces.    It wasn’t difficult work, but I hadn’t counted on how much time it would take to put together enough  2″ squares/strips to make a 52″ square of fabric.  I finally completed it, cut the pieced fabric in a circle, and sewed it to a backing fabric with stitching going across the cloth in 6 places.  Then, I put on a binding and had a tablecloth that I really like and that cost nothing but time – a lot of time.

My daughter reminded me that I have a set of dinnerware, also by Bob Timberlake, called Emma’s Rooster.  I’ve been using the dinnerware for about 20 years, but it should look even better and feel right at home on the new table.