I recently became aware of the fact that I never did a Thanksgiving Tablecloth post (thanks Amy @ While Wearing Heels). By the way y'all totally need to check her blog and her Etsy shop they are Ah-MAY-ZING! I want her United States quilt so bad!! Well one year I wanted a tangible way to remember the memories and all the things that we were thankful for. So I thought about a Thanksgiving tablecloth. The first year I did leaf shapes cut out of felt. Well have you ever tried to write on felt before? It’s not too pretty or easy, although I told everyone to suck it up and make it work! I know so nice on Thanksgiving huh? But that’s how I roll sometimes, lol! No, seriously I was way nicer and begged people to trace over and over on their words and they
begrudgedly graciously obliged me. That was in
2010 and I didn’t get around to sewing them until this year along with the
table cloth (because that IS how I roll). So I got one yard of fabric (umm one
piece of advice – make sure you actually measure your table to make sure it
covers said table) hemmed it on all four sides. I then sewed the leaves on from
2010 (we weren’t here for 2011 we were in OK for hubster’s family), yea umm,
not so easy so I decided that this year would be “Thankful blocks” simply
square shaped fabric that they write on and then sewed together and on the
table cloth to try and get some extra footage to make the table cloth actually
big enough to cover a table :0. It really was an easy easy craft to do, yet one
that everyone loved and talked about so much and still do. This year people
really liked the blocks as it was just quilter grade fabric and the fabric
markers worked much more easily.
What do you think? I really enjoyed doing this and reflecting on how things changed and how they stayed the same, how many more things we have to be thankful for. I will continue to do this tradition. We like it so much that we decided to do a Christmas Tablecloth. This will be with an angel made out of felt and her wings will be quilter grade fabric and the wings will be made up of lots of small pieces and this is where they will write what they are thankful for.
See how these wings are made up of individual little feather type pieces – each family will have a feather piece and I will attach these and continue on to build up her wings. What do you think? I welcome any comments and or suggestions as I always like and easier way to do things!