Memorial Day Weekend Fun and a tribute

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.

Patriotic Tablescape 6

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.

Patriotic Tablescape 7

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.

Early Morning 20

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.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

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.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

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.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

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.

Patriotic Nine Patch Star at From My Carolina Home

Another Patriotic Tablescape featuring my Tri-Recs star runner with everyday dishes, red chargers, white napkins, and sprays from the dollar store.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

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?

18 thoughts on “Memorial Day Weekend Fun and a tribute

  1. Mary Stori

    P.S. – Speaking of Niki Lauda… his honor last night we watched the documentary “1” that tells the story of a generation of Formula 1 drivers during the sport’s deadliest period-those who risked their lives racing on the edge, and those who stood up to change the sport forever. Chilly and only added to our respect of these drivers. (It’s on Prime.)

  2. Sylvia E Anderson

    Never having heard of Niki Lauda, I read his bio. What a courageous and determined man he was, never giving up his fight to bring safer conditions to racing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his life, so thanks for paying tribute to him in today’s post.

  3. Vicki

    Sorry to hear about your knee, Carole. I, too, have a bum knee this weekend and not quite sure what I did to it. I have the same dishes as you and working on my patriotic table decor as well. Thanks for sharing your good ideas; I’m sure I’ll steal a few!

  4. I love looking at your festive tables and decorations, Carole. We are not racing enthusiasts, but can appreciate Mr. Lauda and his championing safety, thanks for enlightening us with his story. Very quiet here today, allergy season has hit us both very hard, so we will be resting and enjoying s little sunshine in the back yard.

  5. Happy Memorial Day, Carole! I’m rehabbing a bum knee as well but grateful for a physical therapist who really sent me on good course for healing. The table runner and quilts are lovely! I may have 3 more quilts to send to Wilmington for the hurricane effort. I’ll let you know.

  6. kattails

    Happy Memorial Day weekend to you, Carole. Your patriotic tablescape is just beautiful. I am such a weepy fool—usually just seeing red, white and blue brings a tear to my eye….and yes…your lovely tablescape did, as well. Sending you good, healing thoughts regarding your knee. Blessings from West Virginia….

  7. Love the Niki Lauda tribute, each driver must face danger so many times, and I admire them, and for Niki, his determination for so much more after the crash. Beautiful runners and minis, thanks for all the links.

  8. Rosemaryflower

    Niki Lauda had two lifetimes of adventures. He was an incredible guy, I remember many races, and I remember the skiing accident.
    We just finished watching Indy 500. That was an exciting finish. I am always cleaning and sewing while the tv is on.
    I love all of your patriotic creations. Everything is so pretty

  9. dezertsuz

    So many beautiful things with the red/white/blue theme! I do like that star quilt every time I see it. Maybe this time I’ll remember to make it! The blocks would be great leader enders for many parts. That was a lovely tribute to a racing legend.

  10. Wonderful patriotic tablesettings and quilts. Hope you had a safe and happy weekend. I am still catching up on blogs from being away.

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