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Grandmother’s Fan

6 May

Here is another retired Sizzix Originals medium die Grandmothers Fan 38-0718. My guild friend Annette sent me a text and asked “do you have a Dresden Plate or Grandmothers Fan die”. Of course I do! At least 3 different ones in fact. Annette chose this retired die to pair up with a size able collection of “stupid fabric”. Don’t be alarmed…Annette describes these fabrics as the ones from the LQS that just don’t sell, don’t display well on the bolt and languish on the 60% off rack! These same fabrics in isolation cut with this small die are awesome and really do “play” fantastically together. Cut 6 fans at a time, 300+ ready to stitch, Annette is on her way to a masterpiece!!! I can’t wait to see what you cut out and create.

Die Cut Appliqué – Sayings, Lettering and Fonts

21 Aug

  
If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know I love all things Sizzix no affiliation (but I would like to).  Thus Autumn Splendor design was die cut using Sizzix steel rule dies, everything accept the lettering.  Sizzix does have alphabets though some can be pricey. Often a design requires a specific font style and size. What to do?  Well if you are competent with any of the electric plotter cutters you are good. If not, here is what I do. In Microsoff Word change margins to .5 and choose landscape then click on Word Art. Select the first lettering choice.  I prefer a font that is “welded” meaning the letters are connected. Script Bold is a good choice. Enlarge to taste. Click Rotate to Mirror image for tracing (flip horizontal)  onto fusible.  If your lettering doesn’t fit on one page make separate pages for each word.  

Cut something out and create!

Die Cut Appliqué – The Bees Knees

26 Jul

Do you appliqué or is it the “A” word as I have heard some quilters call it?  Well, for me appliqué is the Bees knees! Specifically I love die cut appliqué using primarily the Sizzix steel rule dies and felted wool. Never a scrapbooker, I have always used the Sizzix dies in my quilting and fabric crafts. I encourage you to cut something out and create! 

  
   
   
 

Mug Rugs

13 Jul

Have you jumped onto the Mug Rug train?  They are a fun, fast stitch and make perfect gifts.  And…oh by the way they are a great canvas for words of inspiration and look darling as a votive candle mat. Cut some wool out today and create!

    
   

Hexagons Dieuct for Precision

15 Jun

  My gals went crazy! I was afraid I would get grumbling as this is a departure from our usual felted wool appliqué. They surprised me by loving the tiniest hexie the best. Check out those fussy cut centers. These are just the ones I managed to photo.

If you have inherited or purchased some vintage or antique hexagons you are well aware of the pitfalls of this time honored technique.   Every 1/32″ error in cutting or stitching compounds.   You can see from the box how wonky they already were at this early stage in construction.  There is just not much to be done to get these lovelies to lay flat.

My stitching group explored using diecut hexagons and the English Paper Piecing method. I precut hexagons from Freezer Paper in several sizes and we stitched away. All of the Sizzix Hexagon dies are awesome! We played with two construction methods, fusible appliqué and English Paper Piecing using Freezer Paper.  The tiniest hexie is Tim Holtz Honeycomb 659430 with 3/8″ sides. Fantastic precision with all these dies thank you Sizzix!   Top row: Used Freezer Paper hexagons. Reusable 4-6 times.  Hexagons pressed to the wrong side of fabric. (Rough cut around leaving about 3/8″ for turn under.) Tim Holtz Honeycomb die 3/8″ sides of tiny cuteness. 

Row two: First two from vintage box. Pincushion out of Kaffe fabric from a friend. 

Bottom row:  Vintage box hexies with Freezer Paper templates – nice and flat but those are some *narrow seam allowances.  More hexies oh so nice and flat recently stitched. *If I decide to turn the vintage box of hexies into a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt I’ll be ordering a Custom Sizzix Die with a slightly smaller sized side for the hexagon Freezer Paper templates. 

Sew…another technique checked off of the bucket list. Like I told my stitching friends you need to try it and then decide to take it or leave it. I am stunned at how many actually enjoyed making the fun hexagon flowers and have a project in mind. Who knew?
 

Sew Free Retreat

7 May

I attended my first Quilting Retreat ever this week!  What a wonderful time we had!!!  My goal was to a.  Bond with my  

 sewing machine, b. Finish projects, and c.  Enjoy everyone and everything. It was a huge success and I highly recommend “retreating” to you. My finishes included binding one full sized quilt  

  one charity quilt, a Cindy Needham thread play practice piece, and my Bluebird Tea Party wool on cotton appliqué (look at that awesome Bluebird wool I dyed).  

  

 Stitching out several labels and using embroidery software to quilt quilting motifs (See the one block sample of Primitive Pieces by Lynda Hall – Wedding Day Quilt). It’s so wonderful to accomplish things!  This retreat was held at the Charlie Elliot Nature Center in Mansfield, GA. The facility and staff was top notch. The beds are rock hard so plan ahead and take a mattress pad. And no, it wasn’t free, but we were free to sew to our heart’s content and the only schedule to follow was for meals.  Should you ever go to a retreat at the Charlie Elliot Nature Center be sure to request the Scones with each breakfast served. Yum!

    

Upcycled Stitching Notion – Petifore Emory Pincushions

10 Feb

Love a useful stitching notion. These Petifore Emory Pincushions fall into that category. The base/lid is from a Slimfast drink bottle. The wools are from recycled 100% wool garments some hand dyed. Even the Perle Cotton threads used to stitch mine were acquired at a local thrift shop. Of course I used my most favorite tools the sizzix.com Sizzix Bigshot Die Cutting Machine and Originals and Bigz Circle dies. The photos are the results of a Make n Take stitching session in my studio. Don’t they look good enough to eat? May your needle always be sharp and threaded!

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