In December I asked family to choose their word for 2016 and I made them a mini quilt to help them keep that word in focus all throughout the year.
One of my sisters picked gratitude.
"I chose my word GRATITUDE for a few reasons. In the past year, I lost a close friend to cancer and my husband lost his job. This has helped me appreciate very much what I have and I want to be reminded to not take it for granted.
I also know that if you are grateful, you give out positive energy. Positive energy attracts more wonderful things to you. "
Write the word on lined paper - or print it out using a font that is pleasing. Trace the word onto fabric. I use a water soluble pen.
My neutral fabric was cut at 5 x 7''. The side borders were cut at 2 1/4 '' x 5''. The top and bottom borders were cut at 2 1/4 x 10 1/2''.
Sew the side borders. Press towards borders.
Sew top and bottom border. Press towards border.
Iron fusible fleece to the back. I do this for two reasons. First, if you are stitching without a hoop, it gives the fabric more body and makes it easier to stitch.
Second, it hides the thread tails!
When stitching is complete, make a quilt sandwich using another layer of batting. Quilt as desired.
Have a wonderful day! Patty