July 4th Quilt Comfort – a Tablescape

To me, there’s nothing more comfy than a well-used quilt.

July 4th Tablescape

The basis of our 4th of July table began with this wedding ring quilt made by HH’s late grandmother.  (Why do we say that about people who have passed?  Late.  I think God would say she was right on time, not late at all.)

Grandmother's Quilt

It’s one of the most comfortable quilts we have, and I use it as the covering for the guest bed in the nostalgia room.  It belongs there.  It is part of our family history together, HH and I.  Nostalgia of his grandmother – a long life well lived – a seamstress, a cook, a gardener (the list is endless) and lover of all things beautiful.

After a recent visit by HH’s mother, I laundered the quilt and spread it out to finish drying.  The patio table is the perfect place to spread large items to dry.

Quilt Tablecloth

Immediately, I knew I wanted to use it for our July 4th tablecloth.

Plate Edges

With the many colors, I thought it would be nice to pull out the reds and blues with the table linen fabrics and dishes.  Remember these chevron napkins from the Chevron (Finished!) Tablescape?  I thought they would be fun with the quilt patterns.

All Patterns Combined

I mentioned recently a trip to Atlanta with HH.  A friend and I visited a few of my favorite haunts there.  When I saw this set of dishes, I salivated but resisted.

HH’s motto is to think about a purchase over night.  So I did.

Plate Stack

By that night, we were home again.

It’s OK, though, because we have several Tuesday Morning stores in our area, too.  And, the first one I visited had the same dishes.  (Angels were singing a hymn of praise!  Oh – maybe that was just me.)

I like that the dinner plate and the bowl are the same pattern.

Dinner Plate

And the salad plate and mug match.  Don’t the dish patterns blend with the quilt patterns somewhat?  I love the mixture of patterns.  The tiny red rim is another plus.

Salad Plate

The dish patterns remind me of early 1900s…freshly laundered quilts…a simpler life.

If you’re interested in these dishes, here’s the label on the bottom.  Microwave-safe, which definitely makes for a current-day simpler life.

Matceramica Dishes

The dishes look sort of French to me.

Place Setting

I found this red pitcher at T. J. Maxx Homegoods while shopping with my friend – such a deal!  They had a huge bowl that matched, but I was trying to be good, remember?  I couldn’t justify buying it, so I resisted.  I’m sure I’ll regret that later.  The quilted square place mats and napkins came from Homegoods, too.

Red Pitcher

Every year, our July 4th table must have these guys.  Mom 2 gave them to us, since we take motorcycle trips fairly often.

USA Biker S & Ps

That Mom 2 comes up with the best stuff!  She always gives us a laugh with her fun sense of humor.  I wish she could join us on the 4th.

Breakfast on the Patio

Breakfast on the patio would be really nice – before the sun comes overhead and it gets as hot as a firecracker!

Is your table set and ready for the 4th?  Will you be eating outside or inside this year?

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  1. says

    Kim, your quilt makes a fantastic backdrop for your festive table! I am blessed with several quilts my grandmother and her sister made, and I have always wanted to try using one as a tablecloth. I can see why you “needed” those pretty dishes! They make me want to swing by our Tuesday Morning to see if they still have some!
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    • says

      Thank you, Tricia! I think most stores will still have these, as I just got them last week. Good luck! 🙂

  2. says

    Wow Kim I love how this looks. That quilt is perfect and you positioned it on the table perfectly ! That quilt looks so new- your family has kept it in perfect condition. Love the new plates- they are a perfect pairing with the quilt. I like how you treated the centerpiece with the red and white (dish towel?). The motorcycle salt and pepper set is too cute- love that it has a special connection to you both. I’m envious of that big red pitcher! I tried to find a white one this spring but never saw any that tall. Using the coffee mugs for the napkin holders is brilliant- love it! I’ve prepared one table for the 4th and hope to do one outside for next week. I think my daughter will be home so we won’t be entirely alone.

    • says

      Liz, that’s funny you say that the quilt looks new. I snatched it away from HH’s parents when I saw they were using it under furniture to slide the piece across a room! It pained me to see it, but I was thrilled it survived! It isn’t as heavy as the older quilts, so I guess it was more recent and filled with poly batting. The centerpiece is a large rimmed platter and plaid square (seen in the previous tablescape about breakfast at the farm). I tipped over the vase and lifted the square over the plate to dry – the beginning of a new look. Ha! The cloth is just scrunched over the edge of the platter rim. I hope your daughter gets to be with you for the 4th and that y’all have a wonderful time!

    • says

      Thank you, Dawn. The dishes are a very recent purchase, so you might just find them. I think the S&P came from Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago. Mom 2 and I love that place!

  3. Bev says

    I think that you were smart to purchase the dishes. They look great with your patriotic theme, but I can see many more uses for them as well. Lovely table!

  4. says

    I love your new dishes Kim! I am so proud of you for sleeping on it 🙂 and even happier that you you found them again the next day! My motto is unfortunately the opposite of your HH, mine is buy now and can always return later! The plates do look French, and yes, they are wonderful with your quilt~great summer look and 4th of July rolled into one~
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      Thanks, Jenna. I don’t always follow the sleep-on-it idea, but when you’re hauling dishes around and transferring from vehicle to vehicle, you give things a second thought. (When HH is on business trips, I get dropped off during the day with friends.) I’m thinking about visiting another store and getting enough for a set of six. Each store so far only had four of everything. I usually go by your motto, but let’s keep that to ourselves, OK? 😉

  5. says

    Yes, you will regret not getting that bowl because the pitcher is FABULOUS!!! It’s so shiny!!! I love that! I would snap that bad boy up in a heartbeat if I saw it here!!! In fact, I think I’ll leave a little early today just so I can make a quick pit stop at the HG near my destination. I’d love to have that brilliant red in my collection!!!

    I’m so glad you were able to find the dishes once you returned home. It would have been a shame to not have those because the other shoppers would not have been privy to your angelic chorus! 🙂 They’re beautiful!!! They do look French, but they also have that Americana vibe, especially with the red rim added. Love that! Those folks at Matceramica really have a finger on the pulse of what we like! And the dishes REALLY work very well with the quilt! Isn’t it funny how doing a simple, everyday chore led you to using your quilt in this fashion? You’ve also sparked an idea for me to dry some of my larger items. Putting them in the dryer does no good because they just get all balled up and take forever to dry after you readjust them 150 times.

    I love the little motorcycle dude…he really brings a little fun and good memories for you to the table.

    I don’t know if we’ll be eating outdoors for the late day meal or not. It gets hotter than Hades around here, too. I’m not much of a hot weather person, so we’ll have to play that by ear.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • says

      We really think alike, don’t we? Wouldn’t we be dangerous shopping together? Ha! I was just reading a clip at Hometalk about cleaning rugs by hanging them over a deck railing and letting them get rained on and then drying in the sun. We get lots of good ideas from one another, don’t we? I guess the good ole’ sunshine is the best way to dry lots of large items. Good luck finding the red pitcher – hope your HG has one, too! Have a happy and cool fourth! 🙂

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      Can you contact me through my contact page? I need to send you an email and couldn’t find a way to contact you on your site. Just some travel plans to tell you about. Thanks! 🙂