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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

These last few days have been frozen and cold,

with the power going off and on at times......
Giving me lots of time to stay inside and work on one of the unfinished projects I spoke about in my earlier post. This is a vintage linen tablecloth and napkin set with hand drawn work on the bottom edges. 
The light purple edge with the dark purple stripes led me 

to draw a morning glory design on to them for the embroidery. The napkins have a small morning glory bud on each corner.........

and the tablecloth has a cluster of morning glories on each corner in colors of 
lavender, purple, and blues. 


My question to you is..........
as you can see it has a pretty border edge and drawn work.........
but there is still a large space in between the clusters of morning glories on the tablecloth. Do you think I should leave that space and let the tablecloth just have each corner embroidered, or should I embroider in the space between them?
If so, should I embroider a vine, connecting the blossoms...........
or should  I work another morning glory flower or cluster there?
I would love to hear!

**** My son flew in from Hawaii for a short leave before he is to be deployed and he brought us a fresh pineapple! I made a wonderful upside down pineapple cake using my 
iron skillet! 

If you would like that recipe, just click onto the link that will take you to my cooking blog


11 comments:

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I like the tablecloth and napkins just as you have them. I think they are very pretty. Your pineapple upside down cake looks very good. Always love seeing your stitching.

Bev C said...

Hello Kathleen,

Lovely to have you son home for a while. The cake looks delicious. If you wanted to put something in the middle get a big plate and draw around it use this as the base for the design, then have some greenery and a flower or two going around in a circle. Only a suggestion, whatever you do it will be beautiful.

Happy decision making!
Bev.

lil red hen said...

This has to be one of your most beautiful works yet! Maybe connect the corner motifs with a vine only; more might take away from the corners. How I do wish I could do work this beautiful!

Patty said...

I think I would leave the middle empty, that way a vase or whatever could be sat on it and not hide any of that beautiful work you do! I love pineapple upside down cake and fresh pineapple. I know you were glad to see your son.

Bev said...

I would leave it as is... It looks beautiful...and and yummy cake:)

Miss Cindy said...

That is a lovely tablecloth and napkin and the possibilities are endless as to what to do. Some times I let it sit for a while, the go back to it and let it speak to me. Good luck.

Karen said...

The morning glories are really beautiful, Kathleen. I think it would look really nice either way you do it. That pineapple cake looks wonderful!

janice15 said...

I think embroider a vine with maybe some small morning glories along the way.. When your done please let me know I would like to know the price one these. It's very lovely I love morning glories so much.with love Janice

Anonymous said...

Maybe the closed buds like the napkins I really want to purchase this one...

Marie said...

You probably finished this project already, but I'll weigh in anyway....I would just do the corners. It's just beautiful!

ina said...

Your embroidery is great but the cake is so tempting, I'm going to try it