Welcome to the sewing mat stop on Sherri Noel’s Text It! Blog Hop, and an especially big welcome if it’s your first time here.
Text It! The Book
If you follow this blog then you will know that I was destined to love Sherri Noel’s fabulous new book ‘Text it!’. There were quilts with words on them and applique. This was totally going to be my thing! And when I received a copy of the book, it didn’t disappoint. The projects were playful, quick and stylish, the instructions were clear and well-written. I loved the inclusion of seven (seven!) full alphabets so you can personalise your projects as much as you want.
The Bobbin Cover Mystery . . .
When I first saw Sherri’s book, I knew straightaway which project I wanted to do. Just before Christmas, whilst I was sewing my bobbin ran out. Without getting up, I wound a new bobbin and as I re-threaded the machine, I reached for the bobbin case cover and it was gone – like, really gone. My kids were in the room at the time unpacking Christmas decorations. I asked everyone to look for a small bit of mostly see-through plastic. Which went well, as you can imagine.
I looked for that cover for THREE hours. I looked in places it couldn’t possibly be, simply because I’d looked in all the places it could have been and it wasn’t there. Himself helped by walking round in circles peering quizzically at the floor in a supportive sort of way.
Finally, taking stock in total exasperation, I noticed an unopened box of Christmas decorations on the far side of the room. Had anyone been looking through that box? No one had. I had figured by then that as I hadn’t left my seat, someone must have brought over a decoration to show me and accidentally lifted the bobbin case cover up with the decoration. Everyone was sure they hadn’t opened that box? Yes, they were sure. And of course, you know by now where the cover was. I tipped out the entire box and there at the very bottom lay a small square of nearly see-through plastic.
The up-shot of all of that was, I realised how very handy a sewing mat with pockets would be!
The Sewing Mat
We were in Sligo just after Christmas and I saw this lovely themed panel in The Craft and Sewing Basket. It seemed just perfect for a sewing mat and The Middle One egged me on as she wanted all the left-over pieces!
I selected my favourite few squares and added a border round the panel pieces to increase them to the pocket size that Sherri specifies in her instructions. Taking advantage of the full alphabet provided, I added an inspiring word to the top left hand corner of my sewing mat! This is just what I need to see on a dreary Monday morning.
I loved the colours in the cheery background fabric. It gives the sewing mat a forties feel that suits the panel. As it was quite a busy fabric, I went for simple grid quilting. If you follow this blog regularly, that won’t surprise you either!
I bound the quilt with some grey blue binding and the sewing mat was done. This is such a quick, fun project and the finished sewing mat would make a great gift for a patchworking friend. As for me, I diligently place my bobbin cover into one of the little pockets every time I have to wind a new bobbin!
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For this blog hop, I have not one but THREE prizes to give away!!
The nice people at Martingale will send a hard-copy of Sherri’s book to one winner (US residents only) and because this is a global blog hop, Sherri has offered to personally post a copy to any winner who isn’t resident in the US. How awesome is that?! If I didn’t already follow her on Instagram (@rebeccamaedesigns), I would go follow her right now, just for that display of loveliness!
In addition, Aurifil are offering a prize of two large spools of thread (random colour) and they will post it anywhere in the world!!!
And finally, I will offer one winner a pdf pattern of my own, and the best bit is you get to choose which one. So leave your comments below, you have THREE chances to win and I will chose three winners at random. Closing date midnight on 18 th March. (I will not be able to reply to every comment but I promise you I will read and appreciate every single one.)
The winners chosen at random, were Beth Talmage (who wins a copy of Sherri’s book), S Morris (who wins the Aurifil thread) and Allison (who wins the pdf pattern from my shop). Congratulations to all three!
Where can I get a copy?
I don’t think I have ever been on a blog hop before where so many participants have made more than one project, just because they are such a joy!
Join in the fun and get your signed copy of Sherri’s book here.
Right, now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make that cute little ‘Home’ pillow on p. 43 . . .