2013’s Best Thanksgiving Ideas: Free Quilted Table Decor and Slow Cooker Recipes You Should Try

Time’s winding down to Thanksgiving, and we can just imagine how stressful this time of year has been for all of you quilters! It can be hard to find time to work on decorative patterns and plan your big meal at the same time. The editors at FaveQuilts can help take some of that stress away with some of our favorite quilted table runner patterns, table toppers, and other quilted decorations that you’ll be able to complete in no time. We’ve also found some popular slow cooker recipes from our friends at AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes that you can start on while you work.

Table Decorations with Thanksgiving Themes

It’s the reason for the season, so if you don’t want to skimp on the holiday aspect of your home decor, use some classic seasonal colors to complement your fabric, like in the Quick Patchwork Thanksgiving Table Runner, or include a popular holiday image that will look even more impressive when quilted.


Thanksgiving themed patterns to try:

Fall Inspired Quilt Patterns

Thanksgiving’s only one day of the year, and if you’re trying to save fabric, you may find yourself in a bit of a predicament. Thankfully, there are patterns like the Simple Autumn Table Runner that are appropriate for special occasions, as well as everyday decor that you can have in your home for the rest of the fall season.


More fall patterns to try:

More Quilted Table Runner Patterns and Table Toppers

Just because this is a special holiday doesn’t mean you can’t still bring your designer style to the table. You don’t necessarily need to incorporate fall colors into your Thanksgiving table decor to make it special; Just look at how amazing and classy the Modern Dresden Quilt Table Runner looks. A timeless look or a modern sensation can just as easily complement your delicious meal.





More table runners and toppers:


BONUS! Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Recipes

There’s no better way to cook for a quilter than with a slow cooker. You can prepare a meal in the morning, let it sit during the day while you’re quilting, and have a delicious meal and some great progress completed on your latest pattern by nightfall. Finally get the rest and relaxation you deserve this holiday season instead of standing over a stove all day with the help of our friends at AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.

Does this Easy Pumpkin Soup look delicious or what? If you like that, make sure you take a look at all of the Thanksgiving-themed recipes our sister site has to offer:



Which of your holiday decorations do you like to make yourself?

Time for Turkey! Edible Crafts and Recipes for Thanksgiving

Turkey Day is almost here, and while we usually to stick to crafting at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com, we have to have food on the brain! Take a look at some of our favorite recipes for Thanksgiving, and make your pick. From sauces to savory, we’ve got those taste buds covered. And don’t worry if you have a crafty relapse during your recipe, we’ve also included a few crafty creations that you can eat! What better way to craft for the biggest food holiday of the year than making ones you can eat?

Thanksgiving Recipes for Sauces

Zippy Cranberry SauceCitrus Cranberry SauceCranberry Sauce with Raspberry Vinegar

Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a delicious sauce. Whether it’s for pouring over the turkey or just pouring straight into your mouth, a good sauce can make the entire Thanksgiving meal. These Thanksgiving recipes for sauces are simple, easy, and totally tasty.

Zippy Cranberry Sauce

Citrus Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce with Raspberry Vinegar


Savory Thanksgiving Recipes

ImageImageCream of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Thanksgiving may very well be the most yummy holiday of the year. It’s essential that every dish served at the Thanksgiving meal be made to perfection. These savory Thanksgiving recipes will steal the show. They’re easy to make, they take very little time, and they will absolutely bring the “Wow!” factor to your dinner table.

Auntie’s Favorite Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffed Roast Turkey

Cream of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Fast and Fun Turkey CookiesEdible Indian Corn on a StickColorful Gumdrop Turkeys

If you find pies and cakes a little daunting, these quick and easy Thanksgiving dessert recipes are perfect for you. With these recipes, the kids can get involved and use their creativity to help you make dessert. Saving room for dessert is never a question and these dessert recipes will surely hit the spot.

Fast and Fun  Turkey Cookies

Edible Indian Corn on a Stick

Colorful Gumdrop Turkeys


 Which Thanksgiving treat are you most thankful for?

Celebrate Best Aspects of Thanksgiving with New eBook from FaveCrafts and RecipeLion

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Before you know it, it will be time to set your holiday table and serve some delicious Thanksgiving meals.

Personally, Thanksgiving is one holiday I always look forward to and enjoy. I simply can’t get enough of the lovely sights, sounds and smells associated with this glorious day. Plus, Thanksgiving signals the official start of the holiday season!

Throughout the next month, take some time to prepare your space for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. One of the easiest ways to get in the spirit of the season is with handmade tabletoppers, wreaths and place settings. Our latest eBook, Holiday How-To: Thanksgiving Crafts and Pumpkin Recipes featured our favorite tutorials plus some awesome recipes from our friends at RecipeLion.com. Download this eBook and refer to it as the holiday season approaches – it’s a fantastic resource for anyone that loves a little DIY in his or her life.

Thanksgiving crafts in this eBook include:

Colorful Fall Wreath – Capture the spirit of the season with an autumn wreath for your front door. The oranges and yellows in this wreath will match the landscape outside your window. Best of all, the leaves won’t whither or melt away, so you can keep this wreath up after you’ve finished your Thanksgiving meal. Greet guests with a seasonal craft that can be hung all autumn long.


Glitter Thanksgiving Napkins – Let’s face it, the best part of Thanksgiving is the meal. We gather around the table to catch up with friends and family members, enjoy delicious food and give thanks for a wonderful year. Decorate your table and impress guests when they sit down to eat with these fantastic DIY napkins. No need to grab a needle and thread for this project – simply paint decorative images on plain linen napkins. This is a great craft for kids and parents to make together in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Elegant Leaf Plate – Forget fancy white china – Thanksgiving is all about getting personal. Add this decorative plate to your table and use it when serving food during dinner. Purchase a plain glass plate from your local discount store and personalize it using etching cream. The leaf pattern is timeless – this is a piece you can take out every year!


This eBook also features delicious pumpkin recipes from our friends at RecipeLion.com. Make Pumpkin Bars with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting for dessert and Cinnamon Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins for breakfast on the morning of Thanksgiving. Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like the smell and taste of pumpkin! All of the recipes feature in this eBook will surely delight dinner guests and keep people close to the dining room table long after the meal is complete.

Download a copy of Holiday How-To: Thanksgiving Crafts and Pumpkin Recipes today – it’s free!

FREE Thanksgiving Dinner and Decorations eBook: Let Me See Your Turkey Trot!

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating everything we have, from the bounty of the harvest to the support and love of friends and family. Gather everyone you care about this year for a marvelous feast to commemorate this momentous occasion. But don’t stress—FaveCrafts and RecipeLion are here to help. With our latest FREE eBook, you can create the perfect autumnal atmosphere for your Thanksgiving celebration. 24 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes and Fall Craft Projects will help you host a picture-perfect evening, complete with all of the recipes and decorations you’ll ever need.

From home décor projects to kids’ crafts, this all-inclusive guide is the best tool for a flawless Thanksgiving feast. A list of traditional roast turkey recipes, stuffing recipes, side dishes and desserts precedes the ultimate guide for the holiday crafter. Gifts, centerpieces, wall decorations and more make this an irreplaceable tool for the thankful soul.

Set the table with Colorful Fall Leaves Dinnerware and Pretty Pumpkin Napkin Rings before you complete it with recipes like Brined Wild Turkey and Apple Pie A La Zing. Plus, the kids will love making Candy and Cookie Turkeys and other edible crafts! But be careful; if you use this guide, everyone will beg you to host Thanksgiving every year!


Click here to download 24 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes and Fall Craft Projects eBook!





Love the Holidays? Get Daily Craft Inspiration for Halloween, Christmas and More!

It’s getting to be that time of year.  Halloween is a mere 35 days away and before we know it we’ll be eating Thanksgiving turkey and opening Christmas presents.  Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?  Personally this is my favorite time of the year.  There’s just so much to celebrate during the months of October through December!  Plus when it comes to crafting, there’s no better inspiration than the holidays.  Creating Christmas gifts for loved ones, making decorations for your Thanksgiving table or coming up with your own DIY Halloween costume… what’s not to love?!

If you’re a fan of all things holiday, or just have a particular affinity for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, then this message is for you.  We’ve come up with a BRAND NEW e-mail newsletter that’s all about the holidays.  When you subscribe to 101 Days of Holiday Recipes and Crafts, you’ll receive craft ideas and recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, right in your inbox every day!  To sign up, simply head on over to our subscriber center.

Here’s a sneak peak at one of our first issues.  You’ll notice that there’s one main featured project, plus five additional crafts and/or recipes, all holiday-related of course!

Did I mention that in every issue we’re also including a section of our “Christmas Picks of the Day.”  That means every day we’ll send you one of our favorite Christmas cookies, one of our top-rated Christmas ornament crafts, and one bonus Christmas idea for you to try.  Check it out below (sorry for the fuzziness…. there’s just so much good stuff in this newsletter, it’s hard to make it all fit within the confines of this blog!):

To put this newsletter together, we’re gathering the best of the best from our family of craft and food websites, including FaveCrafts, AllFreeCrochet, AllFreeKnitting, AllFreeSewing, RecipeLion, Mr. Food and more!  So if you’re a fan of any of these sites, you’re sure to love the ideas in 101 Days of Holiday Recipes and Crafts!

Still not sure whether you want to sign up for this newsletter?  Here’s a quick rundown of just SOME of the holiday goodness you’ll receive:

  • Halloween decorations
  • Halloween costume ideas
  • Homemade candy recipes
  • Dishes and desserts to make for your Halloween party
  • Crafts to make for your Thanksgiving table
  • The best Thanksgiving recipes from RecipeLion, Mr. Food and FaveDiets
  • Christmas gift ideas
  • Christmas ornament crafts
  • Ideas for handmade Christmas cards
  • Our favorite Christmas cookie recipes
  • TONS of other great Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes and crafts!

We’ve already started counting down the 101 days, so make sure you don’t miss out on any more issues by signing up today!

We’re curious:  Between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, what’s your favorite holiday and why?


Susie Homemaker Wannabe

Since I’ve been preparing to get married, I often think about what it’ll be like to be a homemaker for the first time. I daydream about how I’ll be as a mom and wife… will I be the one to prepare dinner on a regular basis? Will I be able to keep up with all the holidays and lovely home decorations that go with them? I also wonder at what point I will host a holiday dinner party in my own home. It’s all very exciting to think about, and a little overwhelming at times. Transitioning from an everyday 20-something into a fulltime wife or mother role is quite  a big task to take on! I love to cook as it is, but there’s a bit of added pressure when you’re entertaining a group in your own home, I imagine. This will be my last holiday season before I’m a married woman, so I’ve decided this is the year to start small. I came up with a few easy decorating ideas and found a  great holiday dish to bring to my family’s Thanksgiving festivities.

Thanksgiving often doesn’t get the credit it deserves, so I’m bringing the focus back to autumn and thankfulness before we get into this last week of the Halloween craze. Making a quick pumpkin pasta is a delicious side or main dish that really takes advantage of those autumn flavors makes everyone feel warm and cozy.

Pumpkin Pasta

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 4 shallots, diced
  • 18 ounce very dry hard cider
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • lots of black pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 pound penne pasta


  1. Saute the shallots in a bit of olive oil until soft, and then add the squash.
  2. Cook, stirring, about 5 minutes, and then add the cider, butter, nutmeg, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer until the squash is very soft (20 minutes or less). Add more cider if the sauce starts getting thick.
  4. At this stage, you can either mash the sauce in the pot or puree it in a food processor. You can also leave it as is.
  5. Drain the cooked pasta and return it to the cooking pot. Pour in most of the sauce — save aside about a cup — and the parmesan, and stir up really well.
  6. Serve in a pasta plate, surrounded by steamed broccoli florets, with about a tablespoon of sauce in the middle, dusted with a little nutmeg and a couple of sage leaves.

For simple decorations, create Thanksgiving placecards or gift tags that will make the table more festive than the average dinner table. Use the tags as napkin rings for an added thoughtful touch. Make your own centerpiece using earthy candles and rustic accents like pinecones and acorns to bring the things we love about fall from the outside, in.

Above all, be thankful for the opportunity you have to host your family in your home this year and do your best to make it a memorable and delicious experience.

Read the entire article about how to look (and act) like a total Susie Homemaker for Thanksgiving at Favecrafts.com.