I would rather sew than cook and for a blissful period in my life, I got to do just that. My sister in law hosted my family and I sewed her aprons, tablecloths, table runners and anything else I could think of to keep her at the stove instead of me. But all good things must come to an end and I have been cooking and sewing for a while now. The turkey and stuffing needs to be redone each year but the quilts and the table linens, they are good forever!
I live in a condo so my front door is protected from the elements. When I first moved in I decided that I would have a different quilt for the door for each month/holiday. Not only do I have those now but I have a nifty storage cabinet to keep them all in. Here is what is on my door right now.
I did most of that quilt by machine with just a touch of hand work. I put it up after Halloween and keep it up until I put up the Christmas quilt the day after Thanksgiving. I also have some other fallish items I have made. When my daughter got married, I made her a table runner I lusted after so much, I made myself one!
I also loving sewing for the table and so I do that first. I have a collection of different items I switch around so that the table is a bit different from year to year. Here is this year's and yes, I realize Thanksgiving is not until tomorrow. I sewed the table runner and matching napkins 4 or 5 years ago and have mixed them in with my Hadley pottery and a cloth and place mats I got this year. I do the table first so I can look at it and feel happy. If peeling the potatoes tomorrow gets long, I can just glance at the table and smile. For some people, the holidays/prep are stressful. If that's you, try to find something that will make you smile and keep you in a good mood even if the turkey is eating at your table instead of being the main course!
I am so thankful for sewing and quilting, they give me pleasure and solace and have even kept me sane. I hope you have something like that in your life this Thanksgiving or at least a pretty good dinner to enjoy tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!