To me, there’s nothing more comfy than a well-used quilt.
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.)
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.
Immediately, I knew I wanted to use it for our July 4th tablecloth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The dishes look sort of French to me.
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.
Every year, our July 4th table must have these guys. Mom 2 gave them to us, since we take motorcycle trips fairly often.
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 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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