Thanksgiving Wallhanging Pattern

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THANKSGIVING, 26″ x 17-1/2″, Kay M. Capps Cross

I have always said and heard the word ThanksGIVING. What a difference it makes when you say THANKSgiving–gratitude becomes the focus. The original quilt was done in my “signature” black and white. The instructions given here are for fall-themed colors, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Preparing for Foundation Piecing
For paper foundations, have a copy shop use an accurate machine to enlarge the foundations 200%, or download full-sized foundations from the AQS Web site at
Here’s another alternative. I don’t like to tear out paper foundations, so I use Sulky® Cut-Away Soft ’n Sheer for my foundations. This nylon material is very strong and lightweight, and it doesn’t add any measurable bulk to the seams so I can leave it in my finished quilt. It can even stand up to “unsewing,” if necessary. Because I leave the foundations in my quilt, I don’t mark the numbers on the background sections, as I don’t want to risk the numbers showing through.
Trace all of the full-sized pattern sections on the foundation material. Mark the placement for the dot for each letter “i”.

Making the Quilt Center
Piece sections A–I and section K, adding pieces in numerical order and trimming the seam allowances after each piece is added.
Foundation piece section J without adding patch #13. Fold a 1″ square in half, wrong sides together and press. Fold the edges in and press again (fig. 1). Pin the square where indicated on the foundation (fig. 2). Add patch #13, being careful to catch the folded-square “dot” in the seam.

Referring to the assembly diagram, sew sections A, B, and C together, and then add sections D and E. Join sections F, G, and H. Prepare the remaining folded-square “dot” as you did before, and pin it where indicated on section I. Now sew section I to section H. Sew sections J and K together. To complete the center, join the three units. If you have used paper foundations, carefully remove them now. Press the quilt center and square it to 17-1/2″ x 9″.

Adding the Borders
Sew the inner border top and bottom strips to the quilt. Press the seam allowances away from the center of the quilt. Sew the inner border side strips to the quilt and press them away from the center of the quilt.
For the narrow folded border, fold each strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Aligning raw edges, baste the short strips to the right sides of the side inner border strips, using a 1/8″ seam allowance. Align raw edges and baste the long folded strips to the top and bottom borders.
Sew the outer border strips to the top and bottom of the quilt, sandwiching the folded border between the inner and outer borders. Open the outer border, pressing the folded border against the inner border and the seam allowances away from the quilt center. Repeat to add the outer border side strips.

Quilting and Finishing
Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. In my black and white version, I quilted freehand zigzags in the background around the letters. Then I quilted a single straight line in the inner border. For the outer border, I quilted a vine of leaves and a filler of parallel lines.
Join the binding strips to equal 99″ of continuous binding. Finish the edges of your quilt with double-fold binding. To display your quilt, sew a sleeve to the back.

About the Author

Kay M. Capps Cross
Textiles have always been a strong influence in Kay’s life. After being introduced to quilting, she experimented with design and discovered that black and white would be instrumental in her own quilting style. Kay’s “ThanksGiving” pattern is presented in her “trademark” black and white, along with a more traditional autumn-colors option. Kay’s new AQS book, Black & White Quilts by Design, offers lots of graphic and angular patterns. Visit Kay at