🎬 Video: how to do lettering on quilts (say it with your sewing!)

Lettering on quiltsTake our *word* for it—you’re gonna love today’s new video!

Text It! author Sherri Noel is a whiz when it comes to adding words to quilts. In her fun book, she shares a variety of ways to add letters to projects, from baby, lap, and bed quilts to cute pillows. With her simple techniques, you can say anything, from “Happy Birthday!” to “I Love You” and any sentiment in between. The message is up to you—and with seven different alphabets to choose from, the sky’s the limit!

We recently sat down with Sherri to learn one technique she shares in Text It!—Bias-Strip Letter Appliqué. We thought the steps sounded easy enough, but when we saw how to do lettering on quilts using the technique, we realized that even a beginner could get great results. Take a look at Sherri’s method and see for yourself!

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As you can see, it’s easier than ever to express yourself in fabric!

Text It!In addition to the bias-strip method, Text It! includes fusible appliqué, needle-turn appliqué, and English-paper-piecing techniques. You can mix and match lettering styles—choose from print and cursive. Make any of the 10 projects in the book with sayings as shown, or personalize your projects with one-of-a-kind wordplay.

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

Make a Text It! project for Baby:

Counting Sheep quilt
Counting Sheep

For the bride and groom:

Infinity quilt

For someone you love:

Loving You quilt
Loving You

Or create a message just for fun!

Life is Short quilt
Life is Short

What saying would you share on a Text It! quilt? Tell us in the comments!

32 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I’d share "Be kind", this is always a good rule to live by.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 9, 2019
  • I would use it for baby quilts also, names and birthdates along borders would work for me!

    —Angela Little on August 9, 2019
  • I bought this book about 6 months ago and use it almost with every quilt I make!
    Her letters are so pretty! I will trace my letters together so when I cut them out, I have the whole word,
    then I don’t have to line them up on the quilt. Love her products!

    We love hearing that, Bonny, thank you! –Jenny

    Bonny L Schmid on August 9, 2019
  • I would make a small wall quilt for my studio that says "BREATHE"!

    —B. J. Berlo on August 9, 2019
  • Thanks for sharing. This book is on my to purchase list.

    —Elizabeth on August 9, 2019
  • Sometimes I stitch haiku on quilts. Here’s one I wrote:
    shallow roots spread wide
    slim tentacles reach outward
    capture summer rain

    —Molly S. on August 9, 2019
  • Oh my goodness. These are fabulous! I would put my grandkids name on a quilt.

    Jocelyn on August 9, 2019
  • Be nice
    or go away.

    —Kathy in FL on August 9, 2019
  • Love seeing these inspiration quilts with awesome lettering. My two granddaughters have short names so I would start with their names as my first attempt. I have never attempted lettering.

    —carol on August 9, 2019
  • I would quilt "be happy" on quilts made for my family.

    —Ann West on August 9, 2019
  • A new door has opened! Thanks.

    —Sherbie on August 9, 2019
  • I want a pretty hanging that says "This is my HAPPY place" ….next up will be "God Bless America".

    —Peggi on August 9, 2019
  • Giggles, joy, happiness, smiles, love, BIG hugs, snuggles, cuddles, puddles, be mindful, You are wonderful, friends, and lots of other sentiments.

    Love text on quilts.

    Carolyn Hall on August 9, 2019
  • My mantra, This too shall pass.

    —Billie Fellers on August 9, 2019
  • My phrase – Slow Deep Breaths

    —SandyMay on August 9, 2019
  • This is great!! She mentioned a marking that wouldn’t iron off… suggestions?

    —Jacque on August 9, 2019
  • I would do encouraging sayings: Praise; Joy; Look Up.

    —Karen B on August 9, 2019
  • I love to personalize baby quilts, with the baby’s name. This book is what I’ve been waiting for. It’s now on my wish list. Thank you!

    —Toni Anne Potter on August 9, 2019
  • Cut, Sew, Quilt, Repeat!!!

    —Patty F. on August 9, 2019
  • I would make a little wall hanging that says QUILT THERAPY.
    Probably for my sewing room.
    I also love names! I have only tried this once.

    Cathy Slabaugh on August 9, 2019
  • “It is what it is!”

    —Gina on August 9, 2019
  • I would say "Benny is Four" which is something I have wanted to quilt since Benny really was four! I would like Benny to finally have a quilt of his own.

    —Carole Holmberg on August 9, 2019
  • Definately NAMES to personalise a quilt, or Cuddle Time for donation Baby quilts

    —Carolyn on August 9, 2019
  • The words would definitely depend on whom it was made for; but would do names and/or sayings depending. Very nice book and anyone would be pleased to have it in their crafting library.

    —Nancy D on August 9, 2019
  • I would write "You make my Heart Sing".

    —Marilyn on August 10, 2019
  • Wow, it is hard to decide what to say … I think "peace" would be my first word! What a great book!

    —Donna on August 10, 2019
  • Something for babies, since I mostly make comfort quilts for Project Linus.

    —Anita Allen on August 10, 2019
  • The next quilt I make is going to say, "Bark Less, Wag More!"

    —Beth T. on August 10, 2019
  • Mmm I’m not sure what words I would use – I guess it would depend on the quilt I was making at the time and who it was for.

    —Carla Toppass on August 10, 2019
  • I think this is a marvelous way to make a quilt label.

    —KateinIowa on August 13, 2019
  • SMILE! would be the text I would like on pillows especially.

    —Kathy O. on August 14, 2019
  • My word for 2021 is Laughter, will be making a small wall hanging to remind myself.

    —Lana Stinchcomb on January 3, 2021

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