It has been a bit busy around here lately in spite of my bum knee, and this weekend was full. On this weekend to count our blessings and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom, here are a few of my posts with patriotic theme projects and tablescapes.
I made this Patriotic Table Runner some time ago, and it is the foundation of most of my patriotic tablescapes. The complete tutorial on how to make the tri-rec star blocks and put it together including putting borders on points, and binding non-90-degree angles HERE. It is easy and fast, you could have one made in time for the July 4th weekend.
This Patriotic Tablescape features the runner, plus white placemats and red salad plates.
Last year on Memorial Day, I did this post on Reflections On an Early Morning, just quiet time to consider how lucky we are and appreciate our world as we honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our nation.
This simple patriotic table was one of the first ones I did with the runner, for a Patriotic Cookout on a rainy day. Red chargers and white plates with red salad plates, and red napkins with strawberry napkin rings.
This Patriotic Mini Quilt was triple quilted in three motifs and three colors. It was a fun and easy project. Click on Patriotic Mini Quilt to see the steps and get the free pattern.
On the wall, my red, white and blue version of Scrap Dance Tango. The pattern is available on My Patterns page. In fact, any of the Scrap Dance patterns would work well in a patriotic theme.
This Red White and Blue tablescape featured fresh flowers from my garden.
I made a Patriotic Nine Patch Star quilt for a Quilt of Valor with the help of friends. It is shown in Christmas colors on this post. This free pattern pdf download has both colorways – Nine Patch Star. I set my quilt with sashing in the background ivory, and cornerstones of a star print. See the construction and luncheon HERE. This would make a great table runner too, with just enough blocks for your table.
Another Patriotic Tablescape featuring my Tri-Recs star runner with everyday dishes, red chargers, white napkins, and sprays from the dollar store.
Today is the biggest race day of the year, and on this day, I’d like to honor the memory of one of the greatest racers of all time. Niki Lauda died last week at age 70 of kidney failure. He endured unbelievable physical challenges from an almost fatal crash in 1976 where fire engulfed his race car. He had extreme damage to his lungs as well as suffering severe burns to his scalp and face, yet he fought to come back just weeks later, still a contender for the championship that year. He didn’t want to run the race where he had the crash due to safety reasons, and championed better safety for drivers his entire career. He was a legend in Formula 1, and an inspiration for overcoming incredible challenges to reach for his dreams. He had a lung transplant in 2018. I have admired his tenacity and perseverance for many years. Rest in peace, Mr Lauda, you are a true champion.
Whatever this weekend holds for you, I wish you a wonderful Memorial Day, and I hope you are able to spend it with family and friends. What are your plans?