So Thankful

OK – this is such a sweet little finish! Remember I mentioned Julia is learning to embroider and to knit? She stitched the word thankful for me on a simple square of quilting cotton. (She was looking for something to do and I asked her to stitch one word I could display during the fall season.)

I knew I would make something very understated with this. Using a deep red scrap, I sewed on the first border. It finished at 3/4″ wide. Then I took an earthy brown scrap and attached a second border which finished at 1 1/4″ wide.

The quilting is simple and quite minimal. I did a few rows of big-stitch hand quilting above and below the word. You can still see the (crooked) line I had marked with the Hera marker right below the word. That has since melted away (I love using a Hera marker!) I think this is really all it needed. I did machine stitch a tiny border just outside of the red fabric as well. The binding is the same fabric as the outer border which less distracting, keeping the focus to the center.

Measuring only 8″ x 11″, it is easy to tuck into any spot. I originally planned to hang it during Thanksgiving but truly, it is something that should always be displayed. It will most likely be kept on display as a little reminder throughout the year.

Linking to Brag About Your Beauties, Whoop Whoop, and Finished or Not Friday.

Reminder – today is the last day of the 20% off sale on all Autumn and Holiday fabrics!

28 thoughts on “So Thankful

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Judy – I tend to make rather simple projects. It is what I enjoy most. Fiddly/complex piecing can make me nuts in a quick minute. Thanks for your sweet compliment. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I think so too Yvonne. It doesn’t really look like a holiday piece so I will likely keep it out. Makes me happy to see it. Enjoy your weekend. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks! Hand quilting is becoming more enjoyable as I practice a bit (which makes sense of course!) I am really happy with this little piece though. Have a nice weekend with the family Emily.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks so much! I know you have made some really pretty embroidery pieces. I think (?) this is the first time I have done something like this but I am quite pleased with how it turned out. Have a lovely day Diann.

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  1. Barbara Esposito, @TheQuiltedB

    I agree Bernie – something to be seen every single day. Julia did a wonderful job – your additions make is so sweet. A family heirloom for sure!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Janice. Hope all is well. I am really loving the vintage and primitive fabrics you’ve been working with lately. Lots of really pretty projects going on. Hope the baby quilt was snapped up in the fundraiser. πŸ™‚

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  2. Dawn Lunn

    Love the Thankful wallhanging. Her letters are so smooth, beautiful job. You framed it perfectly and the quilting is simple and bold. I agree it should be present all year round. Maybe move it to a different location in your home weekly or monthly to spark a new reason for Thankful. I may have to try embroidery with Thankful as inspiration. The virus is a dark cloud and yet we have so much to be a thankful for. Thank you for the reminder.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh, I like that idea Dawn. I will try to remember to do that. Otherwise, it sort of begins to blend in with the scenery, know what I mean? Take care and Happy Saturday!

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  3. Rebecca Grace

    Julia’s “thankful” project looks fabulous! You finished it perfectly. Thank you for the reminder — this year more than ever, it’s important to deliberately focus our attention on our blessings. Beneath all of the negatives of 2020, there is still much to be thankful for, and displaying your child’s handiwork is a wonderful visual reminder of that.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yes – you are so right Rebecca. This year has been one for the books but there is plenty to be grateful for. Have a great Saturday!

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  4. Linda

    Julia did a beautiful job and you just enhanced it with your pretty stitching. Love the simple setting, especially that tin (?) pitcher.

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