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Literate Linens + Giveaway!

What better way to mark International Literacy Day than with fabric? Here is a small sampling of the more than 20 pages that resulted from a quick search for “words” and “text” on There’s plenty more–cotton with coffee-themed words, sewing-themed words, Dr. Suess text and newspaper print.

1. Gray Tangled Threads by Red Rooster, at Craft Town Fabrics 2. Save the Planet by Fabri Quilt, at Completely Quilted 3. Limeade Sunkissed by Sweetwater at Sweet Pea Fabrics4.Teacake Flourishes by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods at The Quilted B. 5. American Heroes Collection by Robert Kaufmann at Fabrics Galore 6. Hasbro Scrabble Tile panel at The Stitch Sanctuary

How have you used text-based fabric? In a quilt or a messenger bag? We want to give you the chance to get creative, so we’re giving away texty fabric! Tell us how you use fabrics with words in your projects –and include a link to a photo if you have one you’ve already made– in the comments below and you could win a layer cake of Moda‘s brand new circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket. Adorned with nostalgic black, red and cream letters and numbers, along with a variety of prints, you’ll have plenty of fabric to make something fun.

What would you do with it? Tell us by Sunday, we’ll choose a random winner on Monday, September 13.

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  1. Beth B said

    Depending on the particular print, the text based fabrics would make a good fussy cut for the center of a block or for a border on a quilt that relates to the theme of the text. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Sherry W said

    My daughter is a newspaper reporter, I would love to make her a quilt using newsprint and word fabric.

  3. Sherry Murray said

    Love Cosmo Cricket! Wouldn’t it make a great cover for my circa 1934 typewriter?

  4. Gill said

    I love text prints but they’re hard to find in the UK!
    I’m collecting some to use in dresden plates!

  5. Since I LOVE scrappy quilts, they fit right in in any form or fashion! In some cases though fussy cuts are needed.

  6. Patricia Hersl said

    So far all my words have been written on the fabric or stitched down with applique. I’d love to give these a try on a folk art feeling applique. Think the red would be such fun!

  7. Lori Morton said

    What delightful fabrics!!! I’m a new quilter……….but am lovin’ it!! LOL (LOTS to learn for sure!!)

    Think I’d made myself a cooooooooooool Tote!! Maybe TWO!!!!
    I LOOOOOOOOVE Tote Bags!!! & I believe you can NEVER have toooo many! :)

    Then I’d use all scraps in a quilt! Of course!!! LOL

    Thanks for this super chance to win!!!

  8. Lori Morton said

    What delightful fabrics!!! I’m a new quilter……….but am lovin’ it!! LOL (LOTS to learn for sure!!)

    Think I’d make myself a cooooooooooool Tote!! Maybe TWO!!!!
    I LOOOOOOOOVE Tote Bags!!! & I believe you can NEVER have toooo many! :)

    Then I’d use all scraps in a quilt! Of course!!! LOL

    Thanks for this super chance to win!!!

  9. Heather Seibel said

    I’m a voracious reader,and sometimes work as a technical writer, so words make me happy! My mother was born in 1934, and she instilled the love of reading within me. I’d I love to make myself a quilt for a change – using ‘wordy’ fabric, especially in red, my favourite colour. I would create a wallhanging for my office, using these fabrics, photos of writing technology (typewriters through the ages down to an iPad 2), to summon the writing muse whenever needed!

  10. Debra l said

    I love wordy fabric to add interest to bags and scrap quilt blocks

  11. MoeWest said

    My niece is a writer. I could make something cute for her with these fabrics. I’ve used word fabric in a dance-theme quilt. I like them.

  12. Nancy B from Many LA said

    I haven’t used any text-based fabrics yet, but would like to! I’d use Dr Seuss fabric in a pillowcase

  13. TheaM said

    the first typewriter I ever used had keys very similar to those on the Cricket fabrics… I think a memorial quilt to old typewriters (and typists) everywhere would be appropriate!

  14. Would make my granddaughter a quilt. She is going to college
    for journalism and english.

  15. Love Cosmo Cricket! I would make a quilt with it!

  16. Cecilia said

    I haven’t used any text fabric yet, but I just bought some and I hope to use it in a cover for my Nook. Thanks for the giveaway, this fabric looks so cute.

  17. I am already using Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 for my pieced hexagons for the HexALong that Lily’s Quilts is leading. It is so fun and I love that fabric. I could always use more!

    You can see pics on my blog and it also links to my Flickr acct.

  18. carol broughton said

    I love the text fabric and would use it in a quilt!

  19. Henria O. said

    I once made some book covers for children out of text-based fabric but haven’t used this type of fabric since. It would be neat to win this fabric; I’d make a patchwork apron with it!

  20. I’d love to make a patch work bag with these lovely fabric :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Lorraine said

    This fabric is speaking handbag to me. Although I do not wear reto clothing I know a few who do and this would make perfect handbags for them. More on the hardside style then tote bag style of course.

  22. Joyce Remley said

    I see book covers, lunch totes and quilts. Thanks for the winning chance !!

  23. Jeanie Guhl said

    I imagine these Cosmo Cricket fabrics in a teachers classroom , or as a retro baby nursery! Love the typewriter keys which could make great pillows or a bench seat and love the old typewriters!

  24. Shelby said

    I have used text fabrics for accents and “hidden words” in a scrap quilt. I haven’t finished the quilt yet, so no pictures.

  25. SewLindaAnn said

    I’ve been thinking about making cards lately and would use the text in the design along with patches of the other design work. I want to use home made cards to include in swaps, little gifts and just notes to people handwritten like in the “old days” :)

  26. Rob Kepka said

    Great fabrics for themed bags: bibliophiles, game aficionados, environmental activists, and many more. I think I’ll have a lot of fun making special gifts for friends and family.

  27. Katherine A said

    I haven’t used any text based fabrics yet, but I’m collecting for to make a quilt. My next project to do with my daughter – never too old or young to learn!

  28. I am just drawn to any fabric with words on it. I remember loving my curtains in my bedroom when I was a girl – yup – words on them! :) If I won, I’d make a quilt with this awesome fabric. :) Love the red, too!

  29. We use fabric with words in some of our Quilts of Valor. Some fabrics have the states printed in red & blue, some have courage, love, etc on them. Sometimes it is used in a block or sashing or borders, and sometimes for the entire backing!! See photos on our website They are used to say thanks to our Veterans and let them know we appreciate their service.

  30. Liz M. said

    Since I don’t have a typewriter, I might use some of the prints to make a dust cover for my printer!