When I was looking thru Sherri Noel's book Text It! Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say, there were so many projects that appealed to me. I knew I couldn't make just one. In fact, I'm working on 3! (I may have a problem with focus.)
But the main one I wanted to share on the Blog Hop was the Stay Awake wallhanging. The reason? This sign on my kitchen door:
It was a phrase my mother often used. I purchased this decal from the Etsy shop It's Written in Vinyl just after mom was killed in 2015. Needless to say, I knew which project was first on my list.
Sherri's book encourages you to make the projects your own: there are seven full alphabets included, not just the letters for the words in the book. Advice: if you do change the wording, some other things might have to change:
- the amount of wool/fabric needed for applique
- the size of your background fabric
- the orientation of the piece
|Behind the Seams: cup applique from the back|
For the cup and saucer applique, I used a freezer-paper technique from Jenifer Dick's book The Modern Applique Workbook. This was a new-to-me technique, but it worked out well. Just as shown in the Text It! book, the individual pieces are layered--cup over the saucer, cup interior over the cup--rather than being fully separate from each other. For the freezer-paper technique, I stitched everything down with a narrow zigzag monofilament. Which is another new-to-me technique. (Don't you love learning new things?!)
Had so many questions as I worked with wool for the first time. I discovered: wool felt is not the same as felted wool. It all worked out in the end.
Since my amazing chocolate-bar-print really didn't show up as well as I hoped, I chose to add a novelty chocolate border. More is more, I always say. #maximalist
My final note on construction involves outlining the applique letters. I used machine blanket stitch on the quilting cotton letters. Since I have worked on multiple projects from this book, I have ended up using three different sewing machines. Each of their blanket stitches are just a touch different, requiring adjustments of stitch length and width, and especially tension. I also learned that there is such a thing as a non-stick sewing machine needle (who knew?), which could have helped with the buildup of gunk on my needle while blanket-stitching around the applique letters. Advice: choose the sewing machine with the knee-lift when doing blanket stitch around applique!
|My whip stitch (before I ripped it out)|
Buy the bookSherri's book is so awesome! As I said at the top of this post, I'm working on other projects from the book, because they are just so very appealing. Plus, I've used her alphabets to write messages on other projects I had in the works, too. If you'd like to purchase a signed copy of the book, you can get it directly from the author at her Rebecca Mae Designs online shop.
Giveaways (win the book?)
- Book publisher Martingale has generously offered a copy of the book for me to give away to a lucky visitor to this blog (U.S. only).
- Aurifil is giving away two spools of thread.
- I am offering a small bundle of fat quarters of the swirl and chocolate fabrics used in my project plus a skein of sashiko thread.
- Grand prize: Sherri Noel has a final giveaway bundle available through commenting on any/all of her Blog Hop posts (like today's post)
Leave a comment below telling me what phrase you'd like to applique onto a quilty project. Winners of the 3 different prizes will be selected by random drawing on March 19th. (If your comments are set to "no reply" I have no way to contact you and you cannot win.)
If you live in Canada, Joanne is holding the giveaway for the book from her blog, Quilts by Joanne.
Keep HoppingSharing posts with me today are:
Becca Fenstermaker at Pretty Piney
Katie Bock at Sewing with Katie
|Thank you JW Marriott dessert bar!|
Plus, see the full schedule of bloggers at Rebecca Mae Designs.
The Blog Hop for Text It! started on March 4th and goes through the 16th. Thanks so much for visiting!