What to do with all those cute little camping-themed fabrics left over from my Silvermine quilt projects? I’d been feeling a project coming on! Ideally, a project that would share all those lovely little left-overs with other small trailer enthusiasts.
This year I will attend Sharon Sigmon’s Blue Ridge TAB rally as a former TAB owner – hugs to SS for welcoming me to the BRR one more time! The TAB will always remain the trailer that introduced me to a love of small-trailer camping, teaching me that less is often more when it comes to camping.
Back to those scraps . . .they were just begging to become . . . something! A quick estimation confirmed that there was enough fabric to make 80-some 12” . . . somethings! I just needed to figure out what that something could be.
With Sharon’s theme of back-in-the-holler camping and her tantalizing hints of redneck wine glasses – there just had to be some practical purpose for my lovely linens! By gosh – that’s it – linens! More specifically – table linens! Napkins! What campy camper doesn’t deserve a real fabric napkin at a hillbilly potluck dinner?
I love it when a sweet little idea remains a simple little project. Having a 12” square quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, whipping out 80 12” napkins was a breeze. For the sake of simplicity they didn’t need to be hemmed – just a quick finishing roll around some plastic ware and bit of yarn to hold it all together.
The best part of this project was recruiting grandma to do the wrapping, rolling, and tying. Of the generation that appreciates such things as fabric napkins, she quickly jumped on board and perfected the original idea with tightly wrapped little napkin bundles . . . Thanks Grandma!
The finished product -- ready for the Blue Ridge Rally!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown