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Monday, July 11, 2011

Vinage Tablecloth Curtains - Catch 22

 There's a little town North East of San Antonio called Geronimo.  It's tiny, and basically feels like it's in the middle of nowhere. It has one street through it, and that street is lined with antique stores.

Hubby and I go every few months just to check things out, and after shopping we go to the one and only place to eat (see address at bottom of page). A little family owned and operated hamburger place.  Everyone in the family has a job, and Grandma's job was to make the curtains.
 She took vintage tablecloths, cut them in half and added tabs to the tops.
 Each tablecloth curtain panel is lined with a white fabric for support and protection.
 And each tablecloth is different, except for the tabs which all have the same fabric.

 I was embarrassed to ask if I could post a blog about the curtains. All the pictures were taken on the sly so they're not as good or as detailed as I would have wanted them to be.  Rest assured that before I walked out of the restaurant, I did ask for permission to post the pictures I had taken. They said yes, but by that time the place was filling up, and I was embarrassed to take photos in front of everyone.  SILLY!!! I know. LOL
Catch 22 about using tablecloths as curtains:  Because tablecloths become semi translucent when held up against the light, they have to be perfect. Any stains, tears, holes or imperfections will show, even if lined with a backing (unless it's light blocking). So basically you have to use a perfect vintage tablecloth. But I can't bring myself to cut a perfect tablecloth if it's perfect…Catch 22.

Blessings,
Patricia :o)

Grain Bin Cafe & Store 
121 Dennis Road, Seguin, TX 78155-0402(830) 379-2233 

9 comments:

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

I would hate for anyone to cut up the perfect ones. I think this is where having the reproduction ones comes in handy. So you can make things, like curtains, with them. (that's probably not what happened here through, is it?) Sounds like a wonderful little town to visit. Did you bring anything home from the antique stores?

Warm Hugs Design said...

Hi Patricia, love the tablecloth curtains photos and story. You always have such interesting finds. Keep it up!

Warm hugs,
Pam

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Wow, I haven't driven through Geronimo in years. Who knew it had become a DESTINATION?!!! Sounds fun!

ask said...

Amazing selection and many I have never seen! What great finds!! Love them all. http://www.askapparels.com/products.html

Tink's Spin said...

How cute, I thinkI am going to do that with some old surtians. If I ever get out that way I'd love to see the shops.Hope you have a great week. Tink

Solange Belém said...

Holla, amiga Patrícia! Hermosas cortinas. El artesano debe ser felicitado por su buen trabajo. Hermoso!
Buen fin de semana para usted. Que Dios los bendiga a todos. Blessings,

Sol

Kathleen said...

Hi, it's been so long since I have visited here. I have missed it. It seems to take me forever to catch up these days. I love little food places like these! You made me smile about being embarrassed about asking to take photos.......I think most of us are the same way. Lovely curtains! blessings,Kathleen

I will try to stop by more often to visit you!

Paula said...

Those are gorgeous, Patricia!

Pamela Nevins said...

Saw your post on using perfect vintage table clothes for curtains and had an idea for used stained ones....just applique a doilie or napkin over stain or hole. It would still have the vintage them and use up the old stained ones. It's a thought....