7 fun ways to applique words on quilts (+ giveaway!)

The word is out—adding text to quilts is IN!

Text It!

Share a sentiment, stitch an inspiring statement, or create cute and quirky messages in fabric with Text It! Use the letters, numbers, and symbols of SEVEN different fonts, provided on pullout pattern sheets, to create 10 quilt and pillow patterns as shown in the book. Or personalize projects with one-of-a-kind wordplay!

Fonts in Text It!
Example of the seven fun fonts in
Text It!

Appliqué text with a variety of techniques, including fusible, bias-strip, and needle-turn appliqué—author Sherri Noel has even created a way to turn hexagons into letters and sew them by machine. Mix and match lettering styles, sizes, colors, and fabrics for layers of creative fun. Take our word for it—you’ll love expressing yourself in fabric this way:

From Text It!

From clever catchphrases to sayings that are good for the soul, Text It! will help you choose just the right words to convey your thoughts in fabric—as we quilters love to do.

We’re so pleased to introduce Sherri to you today as our guest writer. We’re hanging on her every word! 😄


Sherri NoelI grew up in New England, the youngest of four children. My mother wasn’t a quilter, but lucky for me, we did have a sewing machine in our home. I was also fortunate enough to have a presence of both of my industrious grandmothers in my life; painting, sewing, and knitting were collectively their creative passions.

I didn’t realize until later in life how much creativity surrounded me in my youth or how my family influenced me. Not only in their creative endeavors, but in their loving and fun, cheeky ways. That’s why my designs almost always center on my love of family, silliness, or positive persuasion.

Bee Happy quilt

My own quilting endeavors began in college. I had friends that were sewing and it became a creative outlet and a way to express myself. One day I realized that each quilt I made had an intention or a message for the recipient. I didn’t sew only for fun; it was also my way of expressing myself and my love for the recipient. While I stitched away, I would focus on the person who would receive the quilt with a message I wanted to convey—sometimes loving, sometimes silly, but always with a positive spin.

Counting Sheep quilt

While I had lots of fun making all the projects in Text It!, I do have my favorites. The Freedom quilt probably holds the most meaning to me.

Freedom quilt

A fellow quilter, Tara Miller of Quilt District, sent me her thoughts on the Freedom quilt: “The Freedom quilt is symbolic of my new direction. Freedom from fear, freedom from self-doubt, freedom from complacency, freedom to make choices for change. Great things are happening and I’m walking into them free.”

I can’t wait to share Tara’s Freedom project with you, along with all the projects remade by some of your favorite quilters! Get a copy of Text It! and gather your silly sayings and your powerful messages. Mark your calendars and get ready to share your creativity. I’ll be hosting a fun blog hop that kicks off March 4 at my website, Rebecca Mae Designs.


Text It!Thanks for introducing us to your fun new book, Sherri!

We have a copy of Text It! to give away to one winner today! To enter the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

What would you “write” on your first Text It! quilt?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start texting on your quilts right now, you can purchase Text It! at our website, ShopMartingale.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Theresa, who says:

“My sunshine.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Theresa—congratulations!


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