Monday, August 18, 2014

Indigo Blue Table Mat!


I finished my table mat this weekend and love how it looks on the table. We got a slate blue couch and just having something that matches, really warms the area up. The table is really an old cupboard top that had a stained glass front, but that got broken and now it is used as a table top with shelves to put my things.

This is the top, as is. I had to wash it to get rid of the chalk marks, yellow is not easy to get out. It shrank up and warped a bit, but fits the spot perfectly. The mat measures 23 1/2" x 13".  I stuck the candle on top so you could see the colors. I have a reproduction pencil box that sits there and holds my scissors and other items.



I decided it was too white and bright, so it got a walnut ink wash. I dried it in the sun and it got spotty, so I rinsed it down a bit and resprayed, then dried it in the dryer and now it has just the right aged look. The extra washing and drying, warped it more, but is is laying flat now, on the table.



Here is a close up of the staining and my stitching. I used DMC floss, 2 strands of #612. A great color for when you want a lighter, primitive shade.



I also decided my rooster was too light, I do like my darker prim look. I used walnut on the main colors and then tried java ink on the orange, but it muddied it on the outer edges of the tail, but it does look old now. Now I have to decide how I want to finish it. Today the summer UFO's went in a box, they will have to wait till late winter. Now it is time to get going on Christmas, I am hoping to have projects finished in time, this year;)


19 comments:

Terry said...

Your table runner is beautiful! :0)

Karen said...

The darkening of the rooster is just what it needed.

paulette said...

I agree with Karen...perfect!! Love your Indigo runner...and your stitching is wonderful!
P

Dawn said...

Great finishes! The table runner is just perfect for that spot. The rooster is fabulous!

Rebecca in AK said...

I love your table runner! Your rooster and pumpkin look wonderful!

Melody said...

I love your table runner. The aged look is fabulous.

Fiona said...

love it.... the blue and caramel colour look so good together...
Hugz

Dorothy said...

Your table top is looking wonderful. I like to wash my quilts to get the old 'crinkely' look.

Jacque. said...

Your table topper turned out really nice, Debbie!

Quilt Hollow said...

I like the darkened rooster..you nail prim nicely!

antique quilter said...

Oh the table runner looks great, just so your style now
so glad to see you quilting !!!
use that fabric! Kathie

acorn hollow said...

You are always so productive. I need to get off this computer and get moving.
love them both such a great look.
Cathy

Saundra said...

Your indigo runner is spectacular and the toning down makes it even better for that antique look.

Saundra

marly said...

The walnut ink aged it perfectly. Very nice!

Jacquelynne Steves said...

I love the handstitching on your runner :)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Both pieces look great--sometimes fabric needs our help to give it that warmed loved feeling

Anna said...

I always love the way you roll...if you don't like the way it looks you have no fear of changing it to suit you!

Carrie P. said...

really nice quilting on your mat

Firecracker Kid said...

Those are both awesome projects! I love how they both turned out. Oh my goodness yes it's already time to ready ourselves for Christmas.
Carol