"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

By Eileen Maher (not verified) on
I focus on the rolling waves on a beach, in order to sleep! Works every time! The book looks great, love your sheep!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Ahhhh, the beach! The sound of waves puts me right to sleep too!
By Kathy Nester (not verified) on
I read and have a cup of tea before I fall asleep.
By Sam (not verified) on
I like to read for a bit before bed. It always seems to relax me. Love your interpretation of Sheri's quilt. The fabrics are perfect.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
I listen to my books instead of reading. I'm asleep in minutes!
By Kristin Callahan (not verified) on
Suduko
By Yvonne (not verified) on
I read every night before turning out the light
By Laura Swensen on
What a awesome pattern in your book! One Sheep, it’s a must have book!!!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
I agree, Laura. Sherri's book is full of fun patterns!
By Sherri (not verified) on
Love this blue version!
By Christi (not verified) on
I am so tired I just fall asleep. Staying asleep is another problem. Love the sheep. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Jealous! It takes me a while to fall asleep. I'm always dreaming up new patterns!
By Tami Von Zalez (not verified) on
Watching tv puts me to sleep, esp. when the Mr. is watching something I have no interest in. tvonzalez@gmail.com
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By Susan E. Pelland on
That sounds familiar!
By Tami Von Zalez (not verified) on
Background and colorway are really cute~! tvonzalez@gmail.com
By Ellee (not verified) on
One thing that helps me relax after a long day is to lay in bed making up new patterns in my head. It helps me to fall asleep without any worries. When I wake up I'm ready to try out my new ideas. Sometimes they even work out better than I imagined. ...soparkaveataoldotcom
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Great idea! I’m going to try this!
By Raewyn (not verified) on
It's great to see your version of the sheep, as I made it for the bloghop too. Perfect sheep-like fabrics!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
And I LOVE your version! So darling, isn't it? Thanks, Sherri for the great pattern!
By ShelleyJo (not verified) on
Your version is adorable, and I look forward to learning more about your templates. My sleepy time routine is reading a good book.
By Leanne Parsons (not verified) on
Your sheep is adorable! I love all the sheep fabrics you found to include :)
By Rosalind Gutierrez (not verified) on
Usually I am thinking of quilt ideas to help me fall asleep. My quilting friend is @MarthaCass
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Funny! Thinking up quilt ideas actually keeps me awake at night!! Thanks for tagging your friend. Two chances to win. Woot Woot!
By Nancy Sumner (not verified) on
How fun that you had actual sheep fabric to make your sheep! I like to read before falling asleep. It doesn't seem to bother me if it's on my iPad or a real book.
By Nancy Sumner (not verified) on
Not sure you have my email! nancydotsumneratcomcastdotnet
By Suzanne (not verified) on
Praying and or thinking about bible verses I’ve memorized helps relax and sleep. Love the one sheep baby quilt.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
What a peaceful, relaxing way to fall asleep. Send up a prayer for me...I am worried about a loved one. Thanks in advance!
By Suzanne (not verified) on
@cornerhutchcookies
By Amy (not verified) on
I fall asleep by doing a repetitive breathing technique. I breath in for 4 beats, ho,d for 8, and the. Exhale over 7 beats. Then repeat and repeat.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Yes! I do that too, learned it from my yoga instructor.
By Anna brown (not verified) on
I am a 3rd shifter so I fall into bed in the mornings...
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Oh, I can imagine! I only worked 3rd shift for a month when I was working in a Textile Printing Factory. That was HARD! I never did get used to it.
By Sharon Aurora (not verified) on
I either read or stitch before I fall asleep.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
I need to start and hand project so I can stitch. That would be a good routine! Productive and restful.
By Cecilia (not verified) on
I like to read a little before I go to sleep. Your version is very Cute! cecilialyoung at gmail dot com
By Rachel C (not verified) on
I always have to read myself to sleep. Thank for the great giveaway! rach62803@yahoo(dot)com
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By Susan E. Pelland on
If I read a real book, I can't put it down! I've been known to ready until 2 or 3 in the morning!
By Joyce Schroeder (not verified) on
I always have such difficulty falling asleep (likely because I cannot get my brain to turn off), but this design is adorable! The more I see of this book, the more I want my own copy. You can send me an email to confirm my win at fishingquilter@gmail.com. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
I have the same issue. Try some deep breathing exercises. They really work!
By Elaine Morton (not verified) on
I listen to CBC radio. The interviews are interesting and voices calm.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
That's a great idea. I'll have to try it!
By Teri (not verified) on
Love the fabrics you used in your sheep. I often fall asleep watching tv.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Thank you! The fabrics were a great find.
By lee (not verified) on
I usually read! Cute sheep!! butler83ataoldotcom
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Thank you! I love this little sheep. Thanks to Sherri for such a great book!
By Delaine (not verified) on
I fall asleep by focusing on clearing my mind and picturing the Rocky Mountains. Thanks!
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Sounds like a beautiful focus!
By Yvonne (not verified) on
I read every night before going to sleep.
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By Susan E. Pelland on
Me too. But I listen to books instead of reading!

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