This is a Mother’s Day present for my mother-in-law, Gail Gray. It’s made from 8 vintage Vera linen napkins — all different designs. In the 60’s and 70’s Vera Neumann (who was simply called Vera) designed beautiful scarves and kitchen linens, among other things. I always loved her logo with it’s distinctive signature and little ladybug. My 8 napkins worked out perfectly, with just the right amount of 3″ squares needed for the size cloth I wanted. I really think Gail is going to like this little table square — it’s so bright and springy looking.
When I think up one of these spontaneous projects, I always play this game where I try to complete the project with stuff I have on hand. The vintage gold border and backing fabric is a leftover from another quilt, the batting substitute is an old sheet (just to add a little weight), and for the binding I cut up one of my kitchen towels. Even if it takes hours to find just the right item, I’m always so pleased with myself when I don’t have to make a trip to the fabric store.
Vera Table Square
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2009
machine pieced, machine quilted
42″ x 42″