Monday, November 26, 2012


I'm finding our regular routine a bit rusty today.  Our four-day holiday weekend was so very full (with feasts, traditions, carols, Christmas trees, sales, shutters and sewing), that it seems ages have gone by since we had a regular school day at home.  But here we are back to our projects and back to the blog, convinced now more than ever that there is plenty of good in our lives just as they are.

Plenty, n.  A full or completely adequate amount or supply (source). 


The day before Thanksgiving I awoke eager to stitch this word of gratitude.  I had been reflecting on what one thing I am most thankful for this year.  In lots of areas we've been so blessed in 2012, most dear to me in the realm of friendships.  I can't think of a time in my life when I've truly known so many soul friends.  And they are all SO different!  It's incredible.  It's beautiful!  Yes, there's been plenty this year - in friends, in creative opportunities, in homechool momentum, even in finances.  So I'll mark 2012 as a year of plenty.


It would be the easiest thing to stitch one word of thanks each year.  Maybe someday I'll be the Thanksgiving host and will make up the words into a runner or wall art of sorts.  I love the idea of bringing together years of tradition that way.  And so this year I'll begin.  Hey, my first stitchy tradition!


I picked out a cross stitch font from this book, A Rainbow of Stitches, which features lots of embroidery and cross stitch motifs and alphabets, all very modern.


Now that I do cross stitch, I see more of this book in my future.  It's so nice that with cross stitch you don't have to transfer the pattern!  That, and it's more like crochet or knitting, very methodical.  So easy on the brain.  My word came together in a few hours of stitching, picked up throughout the day.


How did you like that stack of solids in the first two photos?  I'm off to work on a new all-solids quilt.  More details soon!


  1. That word packs a punch. We all have plenty ; ) it's good to be thankful always. Blessings on you and yours

  2. You're so right - we have plenty to be thankful for ! Thanks for the reminder, Rachel !

  3. I was showing my dad (who was visiting for the holiday) all of my quilt tops. He was surprised that I had pieced together so many. I said most were for charity and that I really needed to get finished with them. I had a plentiful year for sewing. Now I need to buckle down and get some quilting done.

    1. I totally understand how that happens. Piecing the tops is my favorite part!

  4. Pretty! Plenty is a great word for 2012 for my family as well.

  5. Great post Rachel. I totally agree about cross stitch (I started cross stitching as a young girl and only stopped when quilting took over last year :o) ) - you've tempted me to get back into it!

  6. Pretty fabrics... I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt using only solids. Beautiful cross stich

  7. Love the cross stitch ~ it's been a really long time since I did any and the block is wonderfully wonky ~ looking forward to what you're going to do with it!

  8. That looks like a great book. I really like how your stitching turned out and the typeface is kind of fun and retro. :) I like how the solids are going too.

  9. Really nice post. I enjoy cross stitching too. :) I like the idea of a table runner with the cross stitched words too! Thanks fro shaing, I bought the book. :)

  10. Love this post. I love the theme "plenty". Beautiful.

  11. Beautiful post, Rachel. I really love this cross stitch. I can't wait to see how you end up displaying it. This year has been a year of plenty for us as well, and it is powerful when we can name the blessings that fill our everyday lives. Thank you for sharing!


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