"Text It" Blog Hop

Text It by Sherri Noel

My friend Sherri Noel has just published a new book, "Text It".  Sherri and I have been in the same quilt guild for years  and have so much in common as quilt designers.  When she asked me to make a quilt from her new book and blog about it, I knew I was going to make the "1 Sheep" quilt!  After reading all about "Counting Sheep", tell me the one thing that helps you relax before bed in a comment below to enter the give-away!  Tag a friend in the comment for an extra chance to win! Martingale has generously given me one "Text It" book to give away and I'll also give away a set of my "Hearts & More" tools so you can try making circles my way!  

Sherri's adorable little sheep is so darling!  I knew that I could get this quilt done in time for the "Hop" because it is all made of circles.  I jumped right in with my Hearts & More templates, the perfect tool for cutting perfect circles!  

There were a few fabrics at my Local Quilt Shop (Franklin Mill for all you local girls!) with sheep on them, and a fun border print that reminded me of wooly sheep in white and gray.  To keep the quilt soft enough for a baby, I chose Mistyfuse brand fusible web to fuse my sheep and the words. It is so soft you won't even know it is there!  After putting the fusible on the fabric with an applique pressing sheet, it was time to cut all those circles!  Here is a link to my video for putting the mistyfuse on your fabric.  

I used the Hearts and More large template set to cut 2", 3" and 4" circles using my rotary cutter.  No tracing, no scissors, no fuss!  Sherri's circles weren't exactly the same sizes as mine, but I don't think it matters!   

A Design Wall covered in Kaffe Flannel is the perfect place to start laying out the pieces. I have a Youtube video for that too, if you want to make a design wall for yourself. 

Since Sherri had already reversed the alphabet, I traced the reversed letters on to parchment paper (from the grocery store) and ironed the parchment to the mistyfused fabric. 

 Since I'm over 50, my Daylight Magnifying Lamp is the perfect thing for cutting out applique and sewing on my machine!

I decided to spell out the words "One Sheep" instead of using the number one.  To center the words on the background fabric I used a ruler and my Iron-off Chalk.  Since I am fusing the words, the Iron-off chalk is the perfect marking method!  After fusing, all the marking is gone with the heat of the iron.  

I opted to omit the pieced border since I had the perfect puffy stripe border instead. Of course a striped border calls for mitering, so that was the final step in making the top. Here is the finished top with the strip border. Isn't this little guy awfully sweet?  

I have been traveling for a bit now, so I haven't had the chance to stitch the applique down yet.  When I do, I will buttonhole stitch the fused applique shapes with a buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine...or maybe I will play with stitches until I find one that looks soft and fluffy.  

I hope you enjoy my version of Sherri's "

1 Sheep" quilt from "Text It!".  If you would like your own copy of the book, leave a comment below and maybe you will win a copy!  Or follow the links below to purchase the book on Sherri's website, or on Amazon.  

You can read about more projects from this fun book by following the blog hop line up below.  You’ll get to see each quilt design made different ways and with different fabrics, you may find some fabric giveaways along the way too!!

Do you count sheep to fall asleep?  Do you read, sew or have a cup of tea?  Don't forget to leave your best sleepy time ritual below, give me your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win a prize,  and tag a friend in the comment for two chances to win!   ZZZZzzzzzz...............................Sue 

Here is the Blog Hop lineup:

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

    PAMELA JANE MORGAN – http://WWW.MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES.COM                            

SHARON LILABELLE LANE – WWW.LILABELLELANECREATIONS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – http://WWW.SLICEOFPIQUILTS.COM

LEANNE PARSONS – http://WWW.DEVOTEDQUILTER.BLOGSPOT.COM

KATIE MUTER STARCHER – http://WWW.KATIEMAEQUILTS.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – http://WWW.SEAMSLIKEADREAM.COM

CHERYL DAINES BROWN – http://WWW.QUILTERCHIC.COM

DORIE HRUSKA – WWW.FOREVER-QUILTING.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER –http://WWW.PATTERNSBYJEN.BLOGSPOT.COM

LYNN KANE – http://WWW.PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS.COM

TARA MILLER – http://WWW.QUILTDISTRICT.COM

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT – http://WWW.HANDMADE3D.ME/MAINBLOG/

SHERRI NOEL – http://WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – http://WWW.SNUGGLESQUILTS.COM

RAEWYN BARGE – http://WWW.STITCHINGFARMGIRL.BLOGSPOT.COM

SUSAN PELLAND – http://WWW.SUEPELLANDDESIGNS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – http://WWW.QUILTSBYJOANNE.BLOGSPOT.CA

PATTY DUDEK – http://WWW.ELMSTREETQUILTS.COM

ANDY KNOWLTON – http://WWW.ABRIGHTCORNER.COM

SANDRA STARLEY – http://WWW.UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER.BLOGSPOT.COM

CINDY PIETERS – http://WWW.STITCHINATHOME.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – http://WWW.PRETTYPINEY.COM

KATIE BOCK – http://WWW.SEWINGWITHKATIE.BLOGSPOT.COM

ALLA BLANCA – http://WWW.RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES.BLOGSPOT.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – http://WWW.MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK.BLOGSPOT.COM

WILLOW OLSON – http://WWW.BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG.WORDPRESS.COM

ERIN SAMPSON – http://auribuzz.wordpress.com/

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – http://WWW.MOLLYANDMAMA.COM.AU

SANDRA HEALY – http://WWW.SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS.COM

CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH – http://www.cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – http://WWW.REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM

 

Comments

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By Susan E. Pelland on
Very relaxing!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Yum. I'll have to try that!
By LINDA DOUGLAS (not verified) on
Warm bath followed by reciting Jesus' Words 'til I fall asleep!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Sounds like the perfect recipe for a restful night!
By Cathy L Wilson (not verified) on
Melatonin and reading for 10-15 minutes put me out every time!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Melatonin is MAGIC!
By Mona (not verified) on
Love that sheep fabric! I usually need a little recliner time with late night tv to make me nod off.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
I love my adjustable bed! It is like a bed sized recliner!
By Susan Stanton (not verified) on
I like to read magazines before I go to bed. Your version of One Sheep is very cute!
By LynneP (not verified) on
What a cute quilt! I like the changes you made to the pattern. IMHO, that is what quilting is all about-making something that pleases us. Thanks for the chance to win the thread.
By LynneP (not verified) on
Oooops. And to fall asleep, I try to meditate. Sometimes it works-sometimes it doesn't.
By Terri H (not verified) on
I enjoy doing some hand stitching or reading. Sometimes I find it hard to relax - so much to do, so little time.
By Marilyn Robinson (not verified) on
I love the mitered border you used! I haven't found the secret for falling asleep yet. It's an ongoing issue in my world.
By Laura M (not verified) on
I count down from 100 by ones. I live in Canada.
By Susan Spiers (not verified) on
Your sheep is too cute! I don't count sheep, but I do count to help me fall asleep!
By Beth T. (not verified) on
I fall asleep best when the tv is on, especially if it is something I have seen a million times so I don't really need to pay attention to it. I take a medication that makes my ears buzz, so complete silence at night is never silent; I need some kind of ambient noise or the buzzing drives me crazy.
By Beth T. (not verified) on
I'm not sure I know how to tag someone in a blog comment (as opposed to on Insta or Twitter) but I think my friend Shelly whose Instagram id is @shoppesontrade would think this is darned cute. She is a great quilting cheerleader--the best kind of friend, creative and enthusiastic about other people's projects and ideas.
By Susan Shamekh (not verified) on
I am so glad I found you through this blog hop. I am fascinated by your ruler. It's on my wish list, along with the book. I like to read b4 I fall asleep.
By book boxer (not verified) on
I read a bit before bed ... but need to be careful that I don't get caught up in something exciting!
By Becky McGuire (not verified) on
I usually prepare myself for the night about 1/2 hr. before actually retiring to bed, that way I have a few minutes to review my next day's plans, devotions, or weather report on local TV channel. I collect sheep, so would look forward to making this sheep quilt!
By Susan the Farm ... (not verified) on
I watch TV and "rest my eyes" during the commercials to fall asleep! Terrible, I know, but I've been doing it for decades!! Your sheep is adorable.
By Nancy A (not verified) on
Love your project. I try to relax and count my breaths.
By Kathy E. (not verified) on
I end each day by spending time in prayer. So very often I drift off in the middle, but what better way to find sleep than with talking to Jesus?
By Cathy Lynch (not verified) on
I often listen to a quilting video or podcast but then have to rewatch/listen sometimes! Your sheep quilt is adorable and your awesome rulers make it easy!
By Val Ogilvie (not verified) on
Love that sheep pattern and fun font! Got to try it!
By Tambry (not verified) on
I fall asleep watching movies.
By Leanne Brunelle (not verified) on
Chamomile Tea
By Doreen Aher (not verified) on
I’ve always been pretty fortunate to fall asleep quickly. The rare occasions that I don’t I listen to music.
By SusanM (not verified) on
I read but fall asleep after a few paragraphs. Needless to say it takes me a long time to finish a book!
By Cheryl Barese (not verified) on
I listen to an audio book when I want to get sleepy real fast!
By Diane Rochette (not verified) on
I love to drink sip green tea an admire the quilts posted on FB . Tag Elaine
By Sue D (not verified) on
cute version of this sheep design. I like to have a cup of tea. slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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