I’m sure all quilters have a bucket list of quilts they would like to make one day: a Dear Jane, a Double Wedding Ring, etc. One of mine is actually text quilts! When the lovely Sherri Noel offered up spots on her blog hop for her brand new book, I jumped! Read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win a copy of her book! I have always loved ‘reading’ quilts with text, seeing into the soul of the maker. They obviously chose a specific quote or line for a reason.
Looking through her book, I instantly fell in love with all of the projects. I chose the Loving You Quilt for a few reasons. I wanted something smaller that I knew I could get done between customer quilts. I wanted something that really focused on the text, and little use of patchwork. I also need more quilts to hang on the wall. This project is perfect!
Looking at Sherri’s sample, the quote is sweet and romantic. The colors of Aqua Grunge Dot is just perfect. I decided to pick a sweet romantic quote and choose something that is somewhat short, able to fit in the space. I was going to go with a Disney quote, but the majority of them are too long and I didn’t want the words to be small. So I opted for Bridget Jones Diary instead.
I really liked how Sherri used multiple fonts in hers. The book has 7 applique alphabets! If I could arrange it correctly, I wanted to try something like that too. Part of my day job is creating graphics for a quilt shop. I use Adobe InDesign and Photoshop regularly, so here is a probably way too analytical process for me to create the quilt! Her alphabets are awesome in that they come reversed for applique! I created a document the true size and flipped the alphabets so I could read them properly. Using InDesign I could scale the letters and play with the spacing to get exactly what I wanted. With a couple of the alphabets, the letters are made to overlap to create the cursive look. Sorry for the watermark in this image but if you love her alphabets, buy her book!
Once I had my design, it was time to choose fabrics! I really wanted the main patchwork to be from my stash and I found this gorgeous piece of Art Gallery Fabrics I had saved, which worked perfectly for the romantic quote. I ordered a matching bundle of wool felt from Benzie Design on Etsy. It matched perfectly! I should have used the darker green for the third line, but oh well. Cutting out the applique on this felt was a breeze. I used a regular large pair and for the inside parts of the letters, used a small pair of serrated scissors. No fraying whatsoever! I did decide to stitch down the wool applique. I used a blanket stitch on the first line, which I didn’t really like. The blanket stitch flattened the wool letters and almost rounded them off. I did a simple straight stitch on the others which I like much better. It keeps the volume of the applique!
Iron the pieces on and then to my favorite part – the quilting! I had just finished a very large client quilt and putting this wall hanging on my longarm was very silly looking. Tons of fun to just quilt my heart out though! What do you think of the quilting? Is it too much for this little wall hanging? Love it so much you wish I can quilt for you? I would love to quilt for you, contact me here!
I loved this process so much I started a second wall hanging (with better readability I might add ) . It still needs quilting, but the row of hearts on the bottom of Sherri’s design got me thinking. Who has two hearts? Why the Doctor of course! The Tenth Doctor will always be my favorite and I took one of his fun, well known phrases to make a wall hanging. I think I will do the same fun quilting, after finishing another large customer quilt in line.
Thank you to Sherri for letting me participate in this blog hop. And double thanks for you, to reading to the bottom. We are having a giveaway! **Giveaway now closed**
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Finally, be sure to check out all the other amazing projects and samples being made from her book!
MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY
PAMELA JANE MORGAN –MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES
SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS
TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt
LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS
LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER
KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS
WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK
KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM
CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC
DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING
THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt
JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN
TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT
LYNN KANE – PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS
FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging
ELLEN AULT –HANDMADE3D
SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS
MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt
DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS
RAEWYN BARGE – STITCHINGFARMGIRL
SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS
TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW
JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE
PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS
ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER
SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER
CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging
BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY
KATIE BOCK – SEWINGWITHKATIE
ALLA BLANCA – RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES
THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW
TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK
WILLOW OLSON – BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG
ERIN SAMPSON – AURIBUZZ
FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT
LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA
SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS
CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH –CHERYLLYNCHQUILTS
SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP
SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS