A Round Tablecloth from Scraps


I recently made a small Linus quilt with red/white/blue scraps I had accumulated.  I was determined not to put the bag of scraps back into storage and was looking for other fabric to use to make another project.  I found a ½ yard piece of a fabric I’ve had for about three years and never wanted to cut into.  I used this as the centerpiece of a large round tablecloth.


I used a pattern called New Water Wheel and adapted it to use the size pieces I had the most of from my scrap bags plus a few pinwheel blocks left over from the Linus quilt.  Even the binding was cut from strips of red scraps.  Backing was made from some scrap curtain material.


I used small pieces of the focus fabric combined with red/white/blue scraps to make two large mats that can be placed over the tablecloth to cut down on laundry.



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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

15 thoughts on “A Round Tablecloth from Scraps”

  1. Brilliant! Great way to use that focus fabric… and the mathcing placemats are a very good idea!

  2. What fun that is, Lillian. I really like the table cloth, but the idea of the mats to put over it to save on laundry is wonderful! The scrapiness of everything is very happy.

  3. I love your tablecloth. The colors are such fun, and what perfect fabrics. I have not heard of that pattern, but will look it up. I have some left over blocks and a bin of scraps just looking for a project. Thanks for sharing your work, and have a great Mother’s Day.

  4. That is really quite beautiful – and all from scraps? You are so very handy!!
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, Lillian!! ❤

  5. Love the scrappy look a d the red, white and blue will e perfect for the summer. Of course, I think red, white, and blue are perfect any time of year. Still no sewing on this end but have about 2/3 done on another Prayer Shawl. Happy Mother’s Day

  6. Lillian, I’ve been away and have missed reading your posts. What a great idea to use that fabric as the centerpiece. It all looks so pretty! I have several pieces of fabric that I’ve been wanting to use, but don’t want to cut apart, so you’ve given me an idea. Hope mine turns out as nice as yours 🙂

  7. Lillian, your table top quilt turned out wonderful. Can you come to my house and help me turn my overflowing “stash” into something wonderful?

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