Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Red, White and Blue

fourth table 020 Since I didn't get my 4th of July table ready in time to post last Thursday when everyone else was showing their All-American colors, I decided to post it this week. So please bear with me while I regress.

I wanted to use this old red and white quilt for my table cover. Since it wasn't big enough to use alone, I decided to layer it over a plain white tablecloth. This quilt use to be my everyday tablecloth on my kitchen table back when I had a red kitchen. Lately it's resided at the foot of the bed in one of my guest rooms. I thought it was perfect for the 4th of July.

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The dishes are Italian Countryside by Mikasa, and the glasses are Argus by Fostoria in cobalt blue. I registered for these glasses when we got married in 1974, so they're practically antique. I seem to be getting lots of mileage out of the $1.00 napkins from World Market. This time I tied them with raffia, since my table was taking on a picnic look.

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My flatware is a combination of two patterns that once belonged to my great aunt and uncle, Don and Dorothy Blanchard from Lewisville, Arkansas. They never had any children, so I inherited it because each piece is monogrammed with a "B." The more decorative pieces are inlaid silver in a pattern called Guest of Honor by Holmes and Edwards. The other pieces are sterling but have no other markings on them, so I have no clue about the pattern. I also used my pewter salt and pepper shakers.

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All of the flowers came from my yard, and I "arranged" them in three quart-sized canning jars. I just went out and cut whatever was blooming—daisies, lantana, chaste tree, butterfly bush, Joe-Pye weed, ribbon grass and purple fountain grass.

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New_size_125_tall Now for some serious eye candy be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. There you'll find her relaxing and hosting Tablescape Thursday, and you're sure to find links to other great tablescapes.

29 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love the quilt! Beautiful table!

xinex said...

The quilt is perfect, Kathy, very American! Perfect patriotic table!...Christine

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kathy, that quilt! It is SO wonderful, and it is the perfect backdrop for a festive table! Love the blue glasses and the china, and the flatware, too! You used the perfect flowers, and I liked your rafia tied napkins. Don't you love rafia? And it's perefect for so many things! You did such a good job, and I'm glad you shared with us.

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Hi Kathy! Love your tablescape. The quilt is beautiful and really sets off your pretty flowers and plates. Your silver is lovely and I adore your cobalt blue pieces!

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Hi Kathy, love those canning jars with sweet flowers on that gorgeous quilt!! Great job!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That quilt is great. It's amazing how those wonderful napkins take on the look of whatever tablescape you are doing. They look so good with the quilt. Love that cobalt blue glassware. Smart choice so many years ago. When I got married, all that was available as "avacado green" or "harvest gold" EVERYTHING! laurie

Janie's World said...

I love the quilt. The table reminds me of a picnic, so relaxing.

Dana and Daisy said...

very americana! perfect! I did a patriotic table this week too, instead of last week. It really was our table for the 4th of July!

Jadehollow said...

Beautiful Kathy.. Love the Quilt an those darling pewter salt & pepper shakers.
Hugs,
Debbie

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Kathy this is beautiful! I love that you used a quilt! Love the blue glassware and flowers too! Great job!

Dining Delight said...

Terrific table for the 4th of July! Those cobalt blue glasses are striking against the red & white of the quilt. Your flatware is lovely and must be special to you.

Dining Delight

susan said...

Nothing says "American" like that beautiful quilt and the mason jar with the flowers! This just beautiful! I love your "antique" blue glasses :)

Just Breathe said...

Absolutely beautiful table.

Sares said...

Love the quilt as a tablecloth. I'll have to do this when I have my next tea party for my nieces. I'm going with a western theme. Have a loveleigh Thursday!

Joyce said...

This is so pretty and looks so inviting. I love the quilt with the blue glasses.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Kathy, such a nice table...love the colors and the quilt. Wonderful job!

Barb

Robin said...

Absolutely perfect for a Summer picnic! I feel like I could just sit right down and enjoy a meal. I LOVE that quilt!

{{{HUGS}}}

Robin :o)

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Great table! I love the quilt and your blue glasses. My favorite components are the flatware. Love anything with a story. I also love it when you can just walk out in your yard and gather great looking bouquets!

Christi

Joyce said...

Fabulous quilt and I love the napkins too. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce

Kristi said...

Beautiful...every part. A girl has to love raffia, you can do anything with it. Blessings to you!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

That quilt is GORGEOUS! I love this tablescape! Great work there. I also envy your B silverware. I cannot find anything with a B, apparently there are alot of "us" out there! BEAUTIFUL!

Fifi Flowers said...

Quilt for tablecloth is lovely!

Chandy said...

The quilt is lovely... Perfect for that also love tablescape!

Lou Cinda said...

Kathy: I love the quilt and that flatware is gorgeous with the "B". you were so lucky! It is all just so pretty!

I am going to take photos of those dreaded grasshoppers when I get home today. Or I will get Steve to do it! I checked on the internet and they said there really is nothing that I can get "over the counter" that will kill them after they are adults!
Just my luck!!

Lou Cinda :)

nanny said...

Table looks wonderful!!!! Oh that quilt!!!! I love it!!

Brenda said...

This WAS serious eye candy! I adore how you layered the quilt. Wonderful idea. Those napkins grab me each time I see them, so please don't put them away! The raffia is perfection. Those glasses, be still my heart!
Brenda

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is so cozy and welcoming! Love the quilt, the blue glasses, the flowers!

Great job!

Katherine

printersdevil said...

I love the quilt. Your table is very nice. Isn't it wonderful to find a good bargain like your napkins and be able to get a lot of mileage out of them. TFS.

Joycee said...

This is the prettiest tablescape I've seen in a while! Very "Come on in Y'all!"