An Attitude of Gratitude Quilted Journals

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I am so excited it’s November!  Yes, it’s all going a bit too fast, I will admit 🙂  Every year we do a “thankful campaign”  in the month of November.  When my children were small we wrote what we were thankful for on leaves and taped them to a big tree I had placed on the back of the front door.  As the children got a little older, we wrote what we were thankful for everyday and then put it in the “Thankful Bucket”; we read all the thankful papers out loud on Thanksgiving.  This year I want something a little more meaningful and something that can be adopted into a habit.  Gratitude journals are not a new idea, but I decided it’s time every member of my family have a Gratitude Journal and we write each day at least 10 things we are grateful for.  Pretty much, you open the book and you write what ever it is you are thankful for – it can be a word or many paragraphs.

I’ve done a lot of reading on Gratitude and I even have a Pinterest board for all the wonderful Gratitude ideas and quotes there are out there.  My favorite quotes are:

Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough and A Thankful Heart is the Parent of All Virtues

I am hoping by helping my family turn our hearts into grateful hearts, we will have more love for each other and for those around us and we will feel closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Here is how you can make a Quilted Gratitude Journal!!


fat quarters or small cuts of fabric for the pieced journal front

1/3 yard fabric for lining

1/3 yard for journal cover flaps

cotton batting

hair elastic


Spray n Bond Basting Spray

Scrap of burlap

“An Attitude of Grattitude” printable, click HERE

For the “boy” journal I used fabric from Blend’s “Hammer and Nails” line – I love finding mature boy fabric – it’s hard to come by, but I thought this was perfect for my 11 year old son and my husband with out being cheesy 🙂

For the “girl” journal I used fabric from Blend’s “Good Company” line – super cute – reminds me of feminine fall fabrics

Therm O Web’s Heat n Bond’s EZ Print Transfer Sheets


Begin by cutting the strips for the outer part of the journal:

For the boy version, cut the blue fabric 5″ x 16.5″, the measuring tape fabric 2″ x 16.5″, and the wood fabric 5″ x 16.5″ .  Sew them together in this order using 1/4″ seams.

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For the girl version, cut the top pink piece 6″ x 16.5″, the owl & squirrel print 4″ x 16.5″, and the blue print 2″ x 16.5″.  Sew together in this order using 1/4″ seams.

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Basically, the final measurement should be 16.5″ x 11″ if you want to design your own pattern.

Using Spray n Bond, baste the journal top to the cotton batting and quilt as desired.

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On the girl journal I quilted loop-de-loos…..

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On the boy journal I quilted straight lines….

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Square up the journal top by trimming the excess batting.  It’s OK if the journal top shrinks a bit due to quilting.

Next, prepare the “gratitude saying” by printing in reverse on the EZ Transfer Sheets.

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Cut out a rectangle of  solid cream fabric the size you want it – the girl’s one was 4.75″ x 3.5″ and the boy’s one was 4.75 x 3″quilted gratitude journal tutorial_2


Trim down the EZ transfer sheets and read the directions on the package.  Pretty much you put it face down on the cream fabric and press with a dry hot iron.  Then peel off the backing paper.  I love using these sheets – expect to see more projects with words and quotes 🙂quilted gratitude journal tutorial_4

Cut the burlap so as to “frame” the word square.  Using the basting spray, baste the word piece to the burlap, then the to the journal cover.

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Sew around it twice with dark brown thread.quilted gratitude journal tutorial_21

Cut the “flap” fabric (2) 10″ x 11″ squares and press in half lengthways.

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Cut the lining fabric 16.5″ x 11″.  then lay the flaps like this matching raw edges.quilted gratitude journal tutorial_15

Baste the hair elastic in the center of the back of the journal cover:

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Place the journal top right sides together with the lining/flap piece an pin all the way around.  Sew around the whole piece using 1/4″ seams and leaving an opening to turn at the bottom center.  Turn right side out.  Press.  Top stitch the opening closed with matching thread.

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Insert the composition book into the cover and mark where the button should go.  Sew the button on with needle an thread, careful not to catch the flap.

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I love how they turned out and my children were super excited to receive one of these tonight during our Family Home Evening!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  It is so nice to gather around the table and offer thanks to God for the abundance we have and to talk with each other and share our gratitude for our many blessings.
My new table’s first thanksgiving!  It was fun to be able to spread out and have lots of room for lots of plates!
Our menu:
Roast turkey stuffed with butter and herbs – it was one of the best turkeys yet!
Traditional Stuffing
Mashed potatoes with cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, cream & butter
Rolls – Secret Family Recipe
Brown Eyed Baker’s Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Homemade Strawberry Jam
Thanksgiving fruit salad – family recipe
Shrimp cocktail – family recipe
Fresh Strawberry pie – my friend’s award winning recipe
Banana Cream pie – secret family recipe
Black Berry Pie (Claim Jumper – I have to cut corners somewhere)
Pumpkin Pie (Claim Jumper also)
We gathered with family and friends and ate and ate and ate!
Marbles even had his little sweater on for dinner.

 Marbles is the strangest Bangle cat – he won’t eat meat.  Instead he sits at the table and begs for bites of roll.  What a weird-o!!!

 My little “photo boomer”.  The kids were super silly after dinner!  All that waiting around to eat!!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over and December begins on Sunday!!!  How fast the time flies!


Charming & Thankful Holiday Table Quilt Tutorial

 I can’t believe it’s November 14th already!  I am sharing my tutorial for my Thankful Table Quilt over on the Therm O Web Blog today.  It’s a fun little project using just 1 charm pack and the word “Thankful” appliquĂ©d.  It sews up really quick! I just love these fall colors!  The charm pack I used is Posh Pumpkins by Moda.


Happy Thanksgiving

What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had yesterday.  My parents, Nana, Brother, and Sister & her family all joined us.  It was a feast for sure!
 We rotisseried a turkey AND roasted a turkey!
 We set the table for 15!!!

 The kids were excited for their See’s candy turkeys!!  I think that was their favorite part of the meal 🙂

 My sis and her Hallie

 Nice eating action shot – but that’s what the day is for!!!
It was pie, movies, and games after – then to the mall at midnight!!!!