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Vote Now and Give-Away: Thanksgiving Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

Grab yourself a pencil and some paper as it’s voting time for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. The theme is Thanksgiving Quilts.

Our two guest judges will be announced next week. They’ll both have 100 bonus points to assign to up to four quilts.

Give-Away from Vicki Welsh Hand Dyed Fabrics

Vicki Welsh Hand Dyed Fabrics

Oh how I love Thanksgiving! It has the 4 “F”s for a successful holiday: family, friends, food and football. It has the added bonus of not including the pressure of shopping for perfect gifts. I love making placemats and like to have some for every holiday. A few years ago I made these for Thanksgiving and published a free tutorial so you can make them too.

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These placemats are fast and easy and would look great in any fabric or color palette. Here are a few other gradients that would make these placemats beautiful.

Coming Home


Red Sunset

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And the Autumn Stash Pack is perfect for appliqué leaves.


All of these fabrics are currently offered in my shop. In addition, Quilting Gallery readers can receive free shipping on US domestic orders over $40 with the coupon code QGFREESHIP. International customers can put the code in the comments section to receive $5 off orders over $40. Start shopping here!

You can keep up with everything happening in my shop by subscribing to my free newsletter. Five newsletter subscribers win free hand dyed fabric each month.


The winners from the Quilters’ Show & Tell submissions and the give-away below will each receive their choice of a Stash Pack from my shop. The quilter that wins will also receive a 2.5 yard package of Mistyfuse black fusible web.

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Give-Away for everyone to enter:

To enter the give-away, visit Vicki’s shop and have a look at the beautiful gradients that she has available. Leave a comment below letting me know which colour combination is your favourite and what you would do with the fabric. You have until Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EST) to enter the give-away.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Thanksgiving Quilts:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 19
  • Total countries: 2
  • Total provinces: 1
  • Total states: 13

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Back to Nature Back to Nature
By: Rachel Hayes,
Tennessee, USA
Blog: Around the Blocks

This was a block of the month I did in 2010. The colors are so pretty and make me think of fall. It is always the quilt I choose for our bed at Thanksgiving time. I quilted it with a simple feather pantograph on my long arm machine.

Quilt size: width: 96" height: 106"

Bonnet Girl's Thanksgiving Bonnet Girl’s Thanksgiving
By: Cheryl Riello,
Connecticut, USA
Blog: A Crafter for all Seasons

This quilted wall hanging offers a variety of techniques. The scene is “framed” inside of the border to look three demensional. The figures are made from vintage fabric and lace and appliqued onto the background. Outline stitches are embroidered, embellishments are feathers and mohair.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Crow on the Pumpkin Crow on the Pumpkin
By: Luckypup Quilter,
California, USA
Blog: Luckypup Quilter

Wool on homespuns. Designed by Lisa Bongean and pattern found in Primitive Quilts Fall 2011 magazine.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 28"

Montana, USA

Thanksgiving Wall Hanging 26″x32″ in shades of autumn colors in leaves and vegetables. Machine pieced and hand stitched in free motion on leaf border; with hand stitching and embroidery work of leaves,pumpkin,squash and the script>HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Quilt size: width: 26" height: 32"

Pumpkins Pumpkins
By: Quiltfabrication,
California, USA
Blog: Quiltfabrication

I love seasonal wall hangings that can span two holidays instead of one. What better than a pumpkin for October and November?

Quilt size: width: 32" height: 25"

Scarecrows just love me! Scarecrows just love me!
By: Natalie ухтышка,
Tennessee, USA
Blog: Лоскутная палитра

This quilt was fun to make, working on the back porch during warm fall days. I was trying to improve my skills in several techniques at a time: hand embroidery (acorns and berries), applique, fusible bias (stems), stippling, joining curved lines, different color of binding, according to background.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 46"

Shades of Autumn Runner Shades of Autumn Runner
By: Diantha Howard,
Vermont, USA

I started doing machine applique and enjoyed it a lot. I found this pattern in Quilters World Oct. 2010 issue – designed by Carolyn Vagts, and loved it. (I made it a little smaller than the magazine, as our table is not very long.) It will be the center of our Thanksgiving table.

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 39"

talkin turkey talkin turkey
By: vandy,
Ohio, USA
Blog: quilting with vandy

My quilt guild had a class to make this quilt but i thought it would be awesome as a door hanging for Thanksgiving.

Quilt size: width: 19" height: 55"

Thankgsgiving Runner Thankgsgiving Runner
By: Linette Greene,
Montana, USA

I made this simple runner for part of a raffle prize for our employee council. It is mostly batiks.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 31"

Thanksgiving Blessings Thanksgiving Blessings
By: Sandi Andersen,
Minnesota, USA
Blog: A Legacy of Stitches

This is one of twelve small quilts that I made in the year 2000…….one for each month. I thought of that old hymn “Count your blessings” when I wrote the poem for this quilt. Truly, even one blessing is better than none!

Quilt size: width: 22" height: 28"

Thanksgiving pumpkin Thanksgiving pumpkin
By: Sandy Lynch,
Maryland, USA

This is one of the first quilts I made. It is a Thimbleberries pattern/kit. I pieced the top and had the quilting done professionally and we used flannel for the backing, so very nice to cuddle with on a cold night. This one is usually out through Thanksgiving.

Quilt size: width: 56" height: 56"

Thanksgiving Table Runner Thanksgiving Table Runner
By: Christine @ Quilter’s Diary,
California, USA
Blog: Quilter’s Diary

I inherited the center star block from a 95-year-old quilter who died with a lot of unfinished projects. I surrounded the star block with 2-1/2″ strips, which I sewed on using a quilt-as-you-go method. It took less than a day!

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 60"

Tom the Turkey Tom the Turkey
By: PugMom Quilts!,
Massachusetts, USA
Blog: PugMom Quilts!

I made this quilt a really long time ago, so unfortunately its story is long forgotten. I think it was a kit. I added the turkey border print.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Turkey Day in Holland Turkey Day in Holland
By: KC,
Texas, USA
Blog: http://TheCallanders.name

Our friend was going to Holland to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughter & son-in-love and wanted to bring a little of “home” with her…so she asked to make something for their table. This was one of my very first quilted projects..tablerunner & 4 placemats.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 36"

Turkey Time Turkey Time
By: Paulette Elliott,
Missouri, USA

This was a learn to quilt kit purchased at Jo Ann’s.
This was my second quilt project. Not perfect by any means. I enjoyed making the flying geese blocks. I added the ribbon and bows for accent.

Quilt size: width: 12.5" height: 24.5"

Twice Blessed Twice Blessed
By: Kaaren Biggs,
Ontario, Canada

Two table runners made for dear friends using a border stripe in two different ways!

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 40"

Well Somebody Has To Do It Well Somebody Has To Do It
By: kbo,
California, USA
Blog: kbonita sews

Sunbonnet Sue swings the Axe. Hand and machine applique. Original Design

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 18"

With all things give thanks With all things give thanks
By: Robin Puma,
Florida, USA

Quilt made from a Kimberbell Designs pattern as a shop display for Buttonwood Quilts.

Quilt size: width: 39" height: 39"

Zig Zag Thanksgiving table runner Zig Zag Thanksgiving table runner
By: Kristen Helton,
New York, USA
Blog: Mom’s Place of Sanity

My little coffee table looked so bare and I knew it needed a little runner to help it look better!! Since its Thanksgiving time I went thru my scraps and whipped up this cute little runner (design is not mine I found online). I can’t wait to make one for all the different holidays!!

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 11"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, September 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EST)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced late next week

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to THREE favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

Thanksgiving Quilts

  • Pumpkins (41%, 115 Votes)
  • Back to Nature (39%, 110 Votes)
  • With all things give thanks (23%, 65 Votes)
  • Scarecrows just love me! (23%, 64 Votes)
  • Shades of Autumn Runner (17%, 47 Votes)
  • Well Somebody Has To Do It (13%, 37 Votes)
  • Tom the Turkey (13%, 37 Votes)
  • Turkey Day in Holland (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Thanksgiving Table Runner (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Bonnet Girl's Thanksgiving (6%, 16 Votes)
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING (6%, 16 Votes)
  • Thanksgiving pumpkin (5%, 13 Votes)
  • talkin turkey (4%, 12 Votes)
  • Crow on the Pumpkin (4%, 11 Votes)
  • Zig Zag Thanksgiving table runner (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Twice Blessed (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Thanksgiving Blessings (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Turkey Time (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Thankgsgiving Runner (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 282

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Star Quilts. Any quilting technique is welcome (paper pieced, appliqué, pieced, etc.). Unfinished quilts are welcome as well. Please don’t submit a quilt you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something different!

To enter: Submit your photo before Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (EST). If you are new here, please also read the Guidelines for additional information.

Enter your quilt here!

Blog Hop Party

Don’t miss our Giving Thanks – Quilters’ Blog Hop Party going on this weekend. More than 150 bloggers are giving away goodies for you.


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75 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Thanksgiving Quilts”

  1. Nancy Salmons says:

    Love them all! Tend to go for the fall colors but am trying to branch out.

  2. Jonatha A. Johnson says:

    I would select Canyon Blaze and the Red Gradients if I win, because I’ve been working on an Autumn quilt, and those reds blending into purple and other shades of autumn would be just ideal to burnish off my Maple leaves.

  3. Patty says:

    This makes me want to make myself a Thanksgiving quilt. I love them.

  4. Tamara says:

    Sundance gives me a happy feeling. I would use it in my rainbow quilt that I am planning. All the colors are beautiful!

  5. Debbie says:

    Sundance is my favorite and I might use it for a border of a paper pieced miniature.

  6. nancy k says:

    I love the Autumn stash!

  7. Carol says:

    I really like the Autumn Stash. I can see placemats or a table runner. Of the gradients, I think Pendleton grabs my attention the most. All the fabrics are beautiful!

  8. Sally Manke says:

    I like Leafy Greens and Grape Jelly. They would be great for an art quilt of Venita, Italy that’s on my idea list.

  9. Susan says:

    They’re all beautiful! I’d probably go towards blue and do a oceanscape wall hanging. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Pam says:

    They are all pretty but I do like the Red Sunset fabric.

  11. mariajose says:

    !Me encanta el otoño y las calabazas!!

  12. Gill says:

    I like Morning Glory – it would make a great topper!

  13. Linda McCoy says:

    Beautiful, beautiful colors! I’m collecting blues for an ocean themed quilt. With that in mind, I like the Under the Sea best!

  14. Linda Webster says:

    The gradients are so beautiful. My favourite is Beach Walk.

  15. bobbiesews says:

    I’d love the purple or blue/greens from above but her gradient I choose from her site would be Morning Glory or Emerald City. I think it’d be great in a Trip Around World or Seminole style patchwork. Yum,Yum.

  16. June Griepp says:

    I would choose the Sea and Sky blue gradient. Perfect for a design from Cheryl Phillips Fiber Art book Quilts Without Corners.

  17. Pat H. says:

    Pendleton – Gradient is beautiful. It reminds me of my favorite fall colors. I have a fall colors quilt begging to be. I have been collecting fabric and waiting for the pattern that says Me pick Me I’m perfect. The guild challenge is “In the Forest” and it could work for that as well.

  18. Maks says:

    Love all the colors but the Black Gradient is so beautiful. I would have to put it on the design wall to look at it for quite a while before cutting.

  19. Maria Call says:

    Red Dawn is my favorite, and I’d use it in a two-fabric bargello quilt OR in a landscape quilt that shows an Arizona sunrise.

  20. Kathy Smith says:

    Tough choice for me as I like Coming Home and Rappahannock Sunset. They are bold and just what I’m looking for in sunset type fabrics.

  21. DebV says:

    What beautiful fabric. Great quilts. Thanks for the chance to win. Tough choice on colors. I like Zoisite

  22. Julie in GA says:

    Vicki’s fabrics are all so gorgeous! Right now I would choose the Woodlands gradient.

  23. vandy linhart says:

    they are all so pretty

  24. susana says:

    Rojo atardecer, pero los tejidos de son todos bellos.

  25. Teri says:

    My favorite is “Reunion” — and I think I’d have to make that my focus fabric for a high school reunion signature quilt I’m making for next year. They’re all lovely, though, so it was a hard pick!

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